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Chris Bosh answers in the affirmative when asked if both he and LeBron will return to Heat next season

Mar 25, 2014, 8:31 PM EDT

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The Heat are trying to accomplish something that no team has in the past 30 years, and that’s making it to a fourth straight NBA Finals.

The questions about what will happen this summer, when LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are all able to opt out of the final year of their respective contracts to become unrestricted free agents has largely been put aside, mainly because so much can happen between now and then that even the players themselves don’t exactly know what the future holds.

For those looking for an indication one way or another, however, Bosh provided some fodder for discussion when asked about it on The Dan LeBatard Show on ESPN Radio on Tuesday.

From Ethan Skolnick of Bleacher Report:

Rather than conduct a conventional interview, LeBatard—the long-time Miami Herald columnist—and co-host Jon “Stugotz” Weiner played two games with the Miami Heat forward/center, first asking him to “fill in the blank” and then asking him to answer “true or false.” …

LeBatard asked whether Bosh—who can opt out of his contract after this season—will be in Miami next year.

“True,” Bosh answered.

“And so will LeBron …” LeBatard continued.

“True,” Bosh replied.

Now, this means less than nothing in terms of an actual commitment at this point, because Bosh will likely weigh all of his options in free agency, especially if the Heat don’t win the title this season, and even more so if LeBron hints that he may look to play somewhere else.

But Bosh easily could have deferred in some way, by saying it was too early to tell or by simply refusing to answer. The fact that he was willing to play along can be taken as a positive sign for Miami’s future, if nothing else.

  1. miamiheatles - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    Scary that no one but the Big 3 are on The Heat Roster next season. They will have some cap space to play with.

    • therealhtj - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:54 PM

      Sure, if they all opt out and take less money.

    • chief0727 - Mar 25, 2014 at 9:00 PM

      If the big 3 don’t opt out their combined salaries for next year are $61,000,000. The salary cap this year was only $59,000,000. Not sure where this cap space to “play with” is coming from. If they don’t opt out the roster next year is going to look similar to the past couple of years: LeBron, D-Wade, Bosh, couple rookies, a lot of over the hill veterans playing for the minimum hoping the Big 3 can pull off another championship by themselves.

      • therealhtj - Mar 25, 2014 at 9:05 PM

        There are cap holds for minimum salaries of around 4-500K, so even if the generous 62.9 cap projection becomes reality, they’re already over it going into the season.

    • nflcrimerankingscom - Mar 25, 2014 at 10:08 PM

      Floridians and math don’t mix, eh?

  2. timb12 - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    What did Papi ask him?!

    • convincedofthehex - Mar 25, 2014 at 10:15 PM

      It’s the radio show.

  3. mitchem85 - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    I just don’t see lebron jumping ship. The only reason he did in Cleveland is because they were a dumpster fire who refused to bring him any help. He gave them plenty of time. I still think the heat and their front office (and $$) has the most to offer. Why leave a team that you’ve been in the finals the past. 3 years and won two straight… Looking for 4 years and 3 straight.

    I’m not sure if there’s anything like the “franchise tag” in the nba but the heat would be smart to exercise that option and try to trade him vs letting him walk.. But like I said, I just can’t see that happening.. He would really taint his legacy if he does

    • chief0727 - Mar 25, 2014 at 9:27 PM

      LeBron’s last 2 years the Cavs were 66-16 and 61-21. Not exactly a “dumpster fire”. The Cavs didn’t “refuse” to get him help. The Cavs attempted to give him help, unfortunately for them all they could seem to get were veteran players whose best years were far behind them. Jamison, Shaq, etc. When they attempted to sign free agents, Michael Redd & Ray Allen took the max contracts to stay with their respective teams. James left because he had an opportunity to play with far greater talent in D-Wade and Bosh than anyone the Cavs were able to obtain. That is far different than refusing to give him help.

      • championmamba - Mar 26, 2014 at 1:07 PM

        Those Cleveland teams in 2009 and 2010 were stacked sky high and BOTH they were picked to win the title because they had the deepest roster in the league both years…they were practically unbeatable at home and had the best overall record both years heading into the playoffs, and that was not just because of Lebron James either……the fact is, Lebron had major flaws in his halfcourt game that showed when he played squads w/strong perimeter defense in the playoffs…and when he went to Miami, even w/the help he said he needed, he STILL didn’t get it done in the 2011 Finals playing w/2 bonafide superstars, heck Wade was considered one of the top 3 players in the league when this colluded supersquad joined forces…Bosh is viewed as top 15, but his talent is really top 10 when he’s a major focal point of a team’s offense..he’s sacrificed his game more than anyone on this squad…….when Lebron lost in 2011 to Dallas, his teammates in Cleveland could not be blamed for that…no way

    • savvybynature - Mar 26, 2014 at 12:05 AM

      How would it taint his legacy if he leaves in free agency? Not like he’s been loyal to one team/fan base his whole career, that ship has sailed. It wouldn’t even be half as big of a deal if he did it again imo.

      • 00maltliquor - Mar 26, 2014 at 1:36 AM

        I’m not sure about that. I think it will be an even bigger deal if he did.

      • savvybynature - Mar 26, 2014 at 12:28 PM

        Nah, couldn’t be a bigger deal than scorning his hometown on national tv. He wouldn’t be dumb enough to do something like “The Decision” again, and he has no real ties to Miami other than that he played basketball for a couple years.
        Would be a big story of course if the best player in the league switched teams, but no way would it be the firestorm it was last time. Miami fans probably wouldn’t even notice until the next season started, while Cleveland fans still haven’t gotten over it.

  4. n2thaizzo - Mar 25, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    Bosh is slick. Even if they leave the Heat, they Will be “back in Miami” at some point next year…

  5. tomtravis76 - Mar 25, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    Stay for the entire contract, then we all see what happens in 2015 free agency. No reason to break up what they have going, but 5 years and maybe 4 titles the fans of the league will want change. Need new storylines,it is entertainment after all.

    • nickjackalson - Mar 27, 2014 at 8:12 AM

      I´d rather have Wade opt out, resign and take less, he´s resting too much for all that money..and in his heart of hearts he knows this, too
      (Yet it´s highly delusional to even hope for this..)

  6. seattlesuperchronic - Mar 25, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    timb12

    I wish every interview in the world was ended by one of his Dad’s questions.

  7. coltzfan166 - Mar 25, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    Just because they can opt out of their contracts doesn’t mean they actually will. Why would they want to anyway if they’re winning championships?

    • chasycabym - Mar 25, 2014 at 10:22 PM

      In order to negotiate a new contract worth more money and more security (in terms of # of years contracted) than that left under their current contract.

      Granted, the Heat would be in a a huge pickle if the Big 3 try renegotiating their salaries upwards at the same time; especially considering the salary cap. If Lebron, Wade and Bosh actually went this route (and the Heat front office signed them for higher salaries), the BIG 3 would esentially have done the same thing that Kobe did to the Lakers with his massive salary–restricting the teams ability to put quality players around their stars.

      Ultimately, I don’t think their is room for the BIG 3 at the Heat for another 5-6 years. I think they will ultimately become the “Dynamic Duo” with one of them (probably Bosh) signing at full contract with another medium or big market team.

      • chasycabym - Mar 25, 2014 at 10:26 PM

        Unless Wade reconsiders his stance on being a max contract player, and takes one for the team; signing at much lower salary and/or less years.

      • unxpexted1 - Mar 26, 2014 at 9:33 AM

        i would love to the criticism d wade probably wont receive if he doesn’t restructure. I’m sure he wont be maligned half as much as Kobe

      • bkbell3 - Mar 26, 2014 at 9:57 AM

        They signed kobe for to much,but he did take a 6mil. cut in pay for each of the next 2 years. He is making 30mil this year.

      • reesesteel23 - Mar 26, 2014 at 12:46 PM

        ^^

      • reesesteel23 - Mar 26, 2014 at 12:46 PM

        You do realize he took the biggest paycut for Bosh and LJ to join right?

    • 00maltliquor - Mar 26, 2014 at 1:47 AM

      The greed of securing a long term contract when they have the leverage is too much to pass up for these NBA players.

  8. 1972wasalongtimeago - Mar 25, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    Of course Bosh and Hames are going to opt out. They’d be foolish not to. And they’d be foolish to sign anywhere else after opting out.

  9. bballhistorian - Mar 25, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    LeBron should leave and join Golden State.

    and Melo should join Phoenix Suns.

    I know this will get multiple thumbs down….but if you think about it, it makes sense for both if they want to continue winning in their careers.

    • fm31970 - Mar 25, 2014 at 11:07 PM

      While Golden State has made strides, they are in the West- not as easy as the East, even in this “down” year. It’s been that way for a decade. Plus, G.S. is guard oriented (no slight to David Lee and Bogut) and Curry and Thompson are the building blocks now and in the future. They’d have to deal one to get James, and IIRC G.S. is already pushing the cap limit. I don’t see that happening.

      Why Melo to Phoenix? He doesn’t have time to wait anymore, he needs to go to a good team now, so I don’t think PHX is a good option for him. I suspect Phil Jackson convinces him to stay in NY, learn the triangle offense, and Phil will add another piece to go with Shumpert and Melo. Don’t see him leaving NY anymore, sorry.

      As for LeBron, I don’t see him leaving Miami, and Wade’s knees aren’t going to hold out forever, so it’s going to get harder for them in the next three years, even if all three re-sign in Miami. Body wear and tear is catching up with James now, too, so not immune to it, either.

      • bballhistorian - Mar 26, 2014 at 12:45 AM

        LeBron to Golden State:

        If he opts out (which i think he should do), he can execute a sign and trade with any team, and Golden State will give up players like Iguodala, Harrison Barnes and draft picks (or maybe not even all that, if its a sign and trade). So you have LeBron, Curry, Klay Thompson and Bogut in one team, with a hype and loyal fan base in Golden State which will surely allow LeBron to play up to his max capabilities.

        Melo to Phoenix:

        Although i think Chi Bulls is his best immediate chance to win, I don’t know how he and DRose will play together. Who’s team would it be?? If he stays with NY hes not winning soon, either. It will take a few more yrs for the “right players/coaching staff” to fill Phil Jackson’s vision…let alone the limited pieces avail because of the Melo deal a few yrs back…by the time the team becomes competative, Melo’s best yrs may be behind him.

        So Phoenix is his best bet…a place where “blue-collar” players that he didnt expect to play hard every night are now pushing him to play as hard. And Phoenix is a place where its a great medical staff, and a great up and coming team with Dragic, Gerald Green, Bledsoe and the Morris Twins.

        Yes it is the West (which is more competitive than the East), but alot of great competition can come out of those matchups.

        And finally, LeBron should NOT stay with the Heat after this season…Indiana is improving, Bulls are improving. Miami’s salary cap with the big three still intact next season will probably be over the salary cap (with just those three), so they will have to get rookies and veterans willing to take less money, along with the declining health of Wade. If they all stay I can realistically say that they may get only 1 more ring in their final 3 years together (maybe), unless LeBron suddenly goes into MJ-scoring mode and Bosh suddenly picks up Wade’s slack on a consistent basis, both which i don’t see happening.

        It would be nice, however, to see LeBron try to be the first player ever to lead 3 different teams to the Finals. Assuming that’s never been done before (Wilt?), that would be a great sports achievement in itself.

      • program33 - Mar 26, 2014 at 12:30 PM

        I believe James wants to move. And he will entertain that when the time comes. He will no doubt listen to various offers and presentations. If he sees something he likes he will take it. James will do what he feels is best for James and his family.

  10. kwame410 - Mar 25, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    Bosh should come back to the raptors so he can be our mascot. Play his true position as a Forward, be a 20 and 10 guy and Win some rings 

  11. eugenesaxe1 - Mar 26, 2014 at 12:30 AM

    Of course he’s going to say it. Now. On a Miami-based radio show.

  12. gofinsgoheatfloria - Mar 26, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    “stance”? I’m more inclined to go with track record than with media speculation. Wade took less than the max back when he was an every-game elite guard and the team’s unquestioned #1 guy. If he has any reason to toss the thinking that was key to getting two more rings, I’m missing it.

  13. jimeejohnson - Mar 26, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    It must suck to live in Miami all winter long and have to put up with ideal weather and gorgeous girls. Whadya mean, “nope”!

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