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Chris Bosh says he’d take less money to stay with Heat

May 28, 2014, 2:11 PM EST

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LeBron James and Dwyane Wade have been more reserved about their futures with the Heat than Chris Bosh, who said he and LeBron would return next season.

But it’s undeniable how much all three are enjoying their experience – playing and living – in Miami.

Bosh continues to be open about how badly he wants to keep this going.

Jason Lieser of The Palm Beach Post:

Bosh was asked about his upcoming opportunity to leave in free agency during an appearance on The Dan LeBatard Show this afternoon and said, “Yeah, I mean, I don’t want to go anywhere. I like it here. It’s Miami. Everybody wants to come here. Yeah.”

When asked if he would accept a below-market offer from the Heat, he answered, “If that’s what it takes.”

If LeBron, Wade, Bosh, Udonis Haslem and Chris Andersen – the later two have player options – remain in their contracts and Miami waives Justin Hamilton at no cost, the Heat could add minimum-salary rookies to form a 13-man roster that is $3,355,568 below the projected luxury-tax line.

Obviously, instead of settling for minimum-salary rookies, Miami could use that leeway to upgrade that projected roster – re-signing Mario Chalmers, re-signing Ray Allen and/or use part of the mid-level exception ($5,305,000) on another free agent.

So, Bosh shouldn’t have to take a below-market offer – which is anything below the max. He’s already done that, and the Heat have been wildly successful these last few years. They’ve almost certainly been highly profitable, and if they haven’t, that’s their fault.

Bosh, LeBron and especially Wade have already done Micky Arison a favor. If those three want max contracts, the Heat owner should pay them – and dip into the luxury tax if necessary to surround them with a strong supporting cast.

100 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. golfrangeman - May 28, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    Believe me I knew what you meant but the same holds true for dwade and LBJ. Morning was no HOF when he played with Wade he didn’t even start and you could make a case neither was Shac.
    LBJ same thing bosh is questionable at best, Allen at the end of his career (not a starter) and Wade no where near his prime.
    So buddy it works both ways.

    • macka4 - May 29, 2014 at 1:39 AM

      Gotta be kidding. Of course a star like Wade is a huge lift. But Mourning and(esp) Shaq aren’t HOFers? Absurd.

  2. eugenesaxe1 - May 28, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    Bosh isn’t the one who needs to take less than minimum. You can count on him showing up every game.

    • eugenesaxe1 - May 28, 2014 at 10:54 PM

      ^maximum^

    • bougin89 - May 29, 2014 at 9:46 AM

      You haven’t watched Bosh play very much have you? He goes through games where he struggles to get a rebound and scores in single digits…

      That being said I believe that has a lot to do with the role he plays on the Heat. But there are games where he disappears, definitely.

      • eugenesaxe1 - May 29, 2014 at 4:10 PM

        1-You misunderstood my definition of “showing up”. I was thinking “he’s able to play every game”.
        2-He’s third banana behind LBJ and Wade, he doesn’t need to do anything.
        3-There was a game early in the season, @ Portland, where neither LBJ/Wade played. Bosh picked the team up, put it on his back, and carried them to a win. In that sense, he “shows up” when he’s needed.

      • bougin89 - May 29, 2014 at 4:19 PM

        Very valid points. He does disappear though in big games(playoff games) that the Heat lose, too. He’s a guy that individually would be much better off playing next to a true center. Regardless he is very valuable to what the Heat do offensively just by bringing the opposing teams big out of the paint as well as his pick n roll defense.

  3. tomasekradek - May 29, 2014 at 7:37 AM

    Bosh’s pretty good player and you got to love his personality, attitude etc. and he seems to be great locker room guy. But no way a max player based on his performances. 15M? Sure, 20M+? Nope.

    • 00maltliquor - May 29, 2014 at 10:39 AM

      I wouldn’t even say $15m. $12m a year max. Really around $10m.

  4. wallabear - May 29, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    Bosh-o-saurus is simply saying that earning more money does not equivocate, in any way, to winning multiple (read: “Not one… not two… not three….”) championships.

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