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BREAKING NEWS: Kovalchuk Signs With Miami Heat

NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 22:  Ilya Kovalchuk #17 of the New Jersey Devils skates against the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Prudential Center at on April 22, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Ryan KlockowskiContributor IJuly 13, 2010

The Kovalchuk saga has finally reached its end.

Late Monday night Kovalchuk reached an agreement with the Miami Heat. Specifics about the contract have yet to surface but the deal is rumored to keep Ilya in South Beach for almost three decades.

The PBA(Professional Bowlers Association) had been thought to be the front runner for Ilya but they pulled their offer from the table because the signing of Kovalchuk would have made the sport too popular.

The decision of where to sign weighed on him for quite some time. His wife ultimately made the choice for him and said, "If Miami is good enough for LeBron, its good enough for me."

When asked if he had ever played basketball Ilya responded, "Does h-o-r-s-e count?"

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