Chicago Bulls officially sign Dwyane Wade, Paul Zipser

Bulls announce signings of Dwyane Wade and second-round pick Paul Zipser

The Chicago Bulls officially have a hometown hero again.

On Friday, the team announced the official signing of Dwyane Wade. The official signing comes nine days after the news of Wade going to the Bulls first broke. Wade signed a two-year, $47.5 million contract that has a player option for the second season.

In addition to the signing announcement, the Bulls also posted a video of Wade sharing a message to Bulls fans.

General manager Gar Forman was also finally allowed to speak about Wade’s decision to sign with Chicago. He highlighted how special it is to sign a player of Wade’s caliber.

“We are thrilled that Dwyane has decided to come to Chicago,” said Chicago Bulls General Manager Gar Forman. “It’s not often you get the opportunity to add a three-time champion and 12-time All Star to your roster. We are delighted he has decided to become a Bull, as he provides a great veteran perspective on the court and in the locker room. He will be a tremendous fit with our team.”

The Bulls also signed second-round pick Paul Zipser on Friday. Zipser’s agent tweeted Wednesday that Zipser and the Bulls agreed to contract terms and flew to the U.S. on Thursday.

Earlier today the #Bulls signed Paul Zipser! Welcome to Chicago, Paul!

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Zipser is a 6-foot-8-inch forward out of Germany. He recently played for FC Bayern Munich, starting with the 2013-14 season. He has also played for the German national team, acting as a member of the team in the 2010 U16 European Championship, the 2011 U18 European Championship, the 2012 U18 European Championship and EuroBasket 2015. In EuroBasket 2015, Zipser played alongside the Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki and the Atlanta Hawks’ Dennis Schröder.

Ashley is the owner/editor of The Bulls Charge. Follow her on Twitter at @wijangco12.

Ashley Wijangco

Ashley Wijangco is the owner and editor of The Bulls Charge. She is currently a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign majoring in news-editorial journalism, minoring in public relations, and earning a SportMedia certificate with the hopes of becoming a professional sports writer or a sports media professional.   Born in Chicago and raised in the Chicago suburbs, Ashley grew up as a Bulls fan, eventually becoming a die-hard fan. Her passion for the team then inspired her to pursue a career in sports media, an area she has been involved with since 2012 when she began writing and live-tweeting games for FanSided's Bulls site, Pippen Ain't Easy. She is also Kirk Hinrich's biggest fan and refuses to stop supporting him no matter how unproductive he has become.   Aside from The Bulls Charge, Ashley is also the co-editor-in-chief for Illio, her school's yearbook and a columnist at Hoops Addict, a basketball website.

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