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Chris Bosh makes opt-out official, Pat Riley issues statement

Jun 29, 2014, 8:00 PM EDT

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LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh have now all officially opted out of the final two years of their respective deals, and are unrestricted free agents who can sign wherever they choose for next season.

They’ll all be signing in Miami, of course, and the only question is, at what price.

The trio staggered their opt-outs for reasons known only to the individuals, but the reasoning was the same — to sign long-term deals for more guaranteed dollars in total, while taking less in the short-term to provide the team with immediate financial flexibility to upgrade the roster.

Bosh was the final piece of this puzzle, and once he notified the Heat of his intentions on Sunday, Pat Riley issued the following statement:

“Today we were notified of Chris’ intentions to opt-out of his contract. Chris is one of the most versatile and dynamic big men in this league, and he has been an instrumental key to our championship success over the last four seasons. We look forward to meeting with Chris and his agent in the coming days to discuss keeping him in Miami for many years to come.”

That’s been the plan all along, and it’s one that can formally be set in motion now that all three stars have opted out of their contracts.

  1. denverhoopdreams - Jun 29, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    What if out of nowhere they all take their talents elsewhere. That would be the best troll ever.

    • elcapitanfiscal - Jun 29, 2014 at 8:12 PM

      Or Lebron has a tv special and announces he’s taking his talents to Clevelan, then does it again in 4 years and goas back to miami.

      • bdazzler00 - Jun 30, 2014 at 1:22 PM

        or if lebron has a TV special to announce he’s going to play for a dollar a year just to shove it in all the haters faces and the heat go out and sign ‘melo, lowry, and gortat.

  2. progress2011 - Jun 29, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    Good Move!

    New contracts should be based on performance:

    Bosh – should be paid based on the number of boards he can pull in…since he’s the faux center

    D.Wade – should be paid on the number of minutes per game.

    That would SIGNIFICANTLY reduce the bloated salaries…based on historical performances from yesteryear!

    Let’s get some fresh legs with athleticism and potential…Greg Monroe and DeRozan sound good to me…..I mean, that’s not a stretch if FAKER Fans are dreaming of getting LBJ AND Mello.

    • chiadam - Jun 29, 2014 at 8:18 PM

      You do know that contracts like that don’t exist, right?

      Oh, wait…you don’t.

      • progress2011 - Jun 29, 2014 at 8:24 PM

        What kind of contracts are you referring to…little adam!!!

        You mean the kind that sent Gasol to the lakers essentially for FREE!!!!

        As I mentioned previously (if you were able to comprehend it)…..if the FAKERS are dreaming of Mello AND LBJ….why can’t a dream of Monroe and DeRozan be a legit dream.

      • pondersucks07 - Jun 29, 2014 at 9:09 PM

        Gasol for free they got his brother in return plus a no.1 pick and players

    • dliwsrekoj - Jun 29, 2014 at 9:53 PM

      FAKERS says the guy who wouldn’t know who miami’s top player in 1996 would be without Googling it. Keep riding the Bandwagon. Until then you should probably stick to watching ice skating or staying under your bridge.

      Go Celtics.

      • kevindoc593 - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:02 AM

        Its been nothing but bandwagon this bandwagon that since LeBron and Bosh got here, its aggravating and annoying. I’m 24 and have lived in South Florida my entire life been watching and going to see the heat play since there days in the old Miami arena.

        And ive been called a bandwagon fan by every Mofo from twitter to Espn comment boards and here. Seriously get the f_uck over it people we got 2 players in free agency one of them is the best player in the league. So yeah fans of his will become fans of whatever team he went too. Your Celtics put together a “Super Team” before the Heat did and gained alot of bandwagon fans yet you act as if they didn’t buy their last Championship. Eff off buddy.

    • 5xchamp24 - Jun 29, 2014 at 9:58 PM

      I cant believe people still use the term FAKER. Been a fan since high school in the late 70’s when I first heard that term. Lakers still a winning franchise and I’m still a fan. smh, just don’t get it

    • bobbybouche305 - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:37 AM

      i like Monroe too, but i think Gortat a better fit,and rumors already mutual interest, Monroe would cost picks, and players….Trade Noles , Cut chalmbers and that save another 6.6. mill…..
      Gortat 10 mill
      Bosh 15 mill
      Bron max 5 yrs x130 mill (bird rights ) wont count against cap
      Stephenson 8 mill/Wade 12 mill
      Livingston (Rios) salary 4.6 mill/Napier rookie salary

      bench: Jesus, V.Carter,R .Lewis, M .Williams, S.Marion.UD,Ennis, and either Beasley or J.Jones….

  3. antistratfordian - Jun 29, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    Atta boy, CB1. Riley wasn’t blowing smoke when he said, “I want to keep bringing in pieces that are going to complement them and hope we can have one of those 10-year rides. You think about every team, the Celtics in the 60s, the Lakers in the 80s, the Bulls (in the 90s) and then again the Spurs, those guys have been together for eight, nine, 10 years. If we can keep this group together for eight, nine, 10 years, we’re all going to have some fun. Don’t ever take it for granted. This is a special time.”

    It’s been a blast so far. Miami is on an insane run and will be right back there again in 2015, 2016, 2017. We are all witnesses.

    • mackcarrington - Jun 29, 2014 at 9:08 PM

      Some of us are witnesses.
      Some of us are groupie fanboys.

      • antistratfordian - Jun 29, 2014 at 9:51 PM

        We are all witnesses, as a matter of fact.

      • seansull83 - Jun 30, 2014 at 2:34 PM

        Witnesses to what. They haven’t done anything in the new season yet. The only people that have thier finals tickets booked are the NBA executives, everyone else has to wait. There are random factors in play that you just can’t account for, so till it’s May 2014, let’s just see how this rides out. The blueprint to beating the Heat has been shown, and unless the Heat fix those weaknesses, I wouldn’t bet on them.

    • pondersucks07 - Jun 29, 2014 at 9:14 PM

      Wade is just a shell of himself and bosh isn’t that good unless you have 2 great players with him, LeBron isn’t coming back to play with Wade or go to Cleveland. Hasn’t talk to the owner sense he left Cleveland and never will play for that fan base or owner again. I wouldn’t be surprise to see him and Melo in LA

      • antistratfordian - Jun 29, 2014 at 9:59 PM

        That’s why they’re taking pay cuts so Riley can bring in more pieces… to make up for the acknowledged fact that Wade is not what he was in 2010. He’s 4 years older now. Still great, but not as great as he once was. They know this. That’s why they’re clearing cap space. Besides, James isn’t going to leave Wade hanging – they’re too close and genuinely care about each other.

      • raygutierrez2000 - Jun 30, 2014 at 2:37 PM

        You ponder and do as your tag name.

    • muhangis - Jun 29, 2014 at 11:37 PM

      lol, you’re dumb.

      • antistratfordian - Jun 29, 2014 at 11:45 PM

        lol, cry more.

    • davidly - Jun 30, 2014 at 5:06 AM

      If their chances of being right back there again from ’15-’17 are as good as they were for that gentlemen’s sweep victory against the Spurs those couple of weeks ago, then…

      Tellingly, of the teams Riley mentioned, only the Spurs fit the model he’s going for. The other units came together and began their runs when they were much younger.

      • antistratfordian - Jun 30, 2014 at 4:10 PM

        They would’ve completed the gentleman’s sweep if Pop didn’t make the change in game 3. Like I said then, Pop saw what I saw – he was in trouble if he didn’t do something. I didn’t foresee the impact Diaw would have in the starting lineup – no one did. Not even Pop. If he did he would’ve started Diaw in Game 1. So I was still right about that.

    • davidly - Jul 2, 2014 at 5:43 AM

      Congratulations of establishing an–even for you–new level of myopic retardation. Teams make adjustments. Even the Heat made starting lineup changes throughout the playoffs. Describing the team that utterly thrashed yours as having been in trouble and being so arrogant–either blindly or wilfully–as to suggest that Pop saw what you saw, but then nobody saw the result of your two’s having seen… yada, yada… You can’t even troll well anymore.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 2, 2014 at 7:24 PM

        Oh get over yourself. You disagree and that’s fine. But if Pop doesn’t make that change in Game 3, then it was going to look a lot like Game 2, which looked a lot like Game 1. And if you have home court advantage and you lose it to the team that beat you last year, and to the team that just won the last two rings, you ARE in a little bit of trouble because a 2-1 deficit can easily turn into a 3-1 deficit on the road.

        You don’t have to accept that if you don’t want to – I don’t really care.

    • davidly - Jul 2, 2014 at 7:36 PM

      Wow. You are really friggin stupid.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 2, 2014 at 7:56 PM

        Friggin? lol. Nice friggin comeback.

        Looks like I won this round. Next!

  4. tampajoey - Jun 29, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    LeBron to Chris Bosh… “Hey man, you and Wade both need to opt out and sign new contracts so the Heat Front office can pay you both what you’re worth and that’s nowhere near $20 million. Then we can get some talent down here that doesn’t disappear in the Finals.”

    • 2016olympics - Jun 29, 2014 at 8:29 PM

      Spot on.

    • 00maltliquor - Jun 29, 2014 at 8:31 PM

      That’s what he needs to say!

    • tampajoey - Jun 29, 2014 at 8:51 PM

      … then Lebron walks way from Bosh and mutters “He’s so overrated” under his breath and “Wade is a broken down old man.”

    • macka4 - Jun 30, 2014 at 1:47 AM

      And “at least Dwayne was a great player at one time”. Bosh is a coattailer, good yes. Great, no.

  5. jasper36 - Jun 29, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    I wonder if Wade and Bosh were thinking the same about Lebron in 2010 when he disappeared in the Finals?

    • antistratfordian - Jun 29, 2014 at 8:36 PM

      It isn’t. Wade was actually thinking, “Man, maybe I was doing too much and he didn’t want to step on my toes. This has to be LeBron’s team or else we’re never going to win.” So Wade handed over the keys to James that summer, took a step back, and the rest is history.

      • 24thesho - Jun 30, 2014 at 11:00 AM

        D.Wade was giving too much of his energy to that sports ★ f***er over the past few years, Gabrielle Union. I mean, she’s super fine and indeed a competent actor, but, if she’s screaming at the team from behind the bench at his home games to the point of having to be move further back in the stands, then, I’m sure she is or was really exhausting behind closed doors and wore out Wade even more so. Combined with the stress on his body over the years…., well…., you know. Mario Chalmbers seems to be kind of a jerk, too.

      • 24thesho - Jun 30, 2014 at 11:01 AM

        D.Wade was giving too much of his energy to that sports ★ f***er over the past few years, Gabrielle Union. I mean, she’s super fine and indeed a competent actor, but, if she’s screaming at the team from behind the bench at his home games to the point of having to be move further back in the stands, then, I’m sure she is or was really exhausting behind closed doors and wore out Wade even more so. Combined with the stress on his body over the years…., well…., you know. Mario Chalmers seems to be kind of a jerk, too.

    • gofinsgoheatfloria - Jun 29, 2014 at 9:05 PM

      Having never made it past the first round of the playoffs in his previous seven seasons, I doubt Bosh felt entitled to be especially critical. (It was 2011 BTW.)

  6. ranfan12 - Jun 29, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    haha that thumbnail

  7. fanofthegame79 - Jun 29, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    So now the question becomes: who can they bring in to fill out the weak spots? They need a center more than a point guard.

    • soopreme - Jun 29, 2014 at 9:24 PM

      I totally agree with you.
      All this talk about Lowry and a point guard is crazy!!
      They need some toughness in the paint.
      They need a young monster in the paint.
      That should be the absolute priority.

    • gofinsgoheatfloria - Jun 29, 2014 at 9:45 PM

      There are some decent and (now) affordable FA centers, or part-time centers, out there. Another possibility is Justin Hamilton, who will be playing in one or both of the Summer Leagues. He did show some potential in his few minutes last season. And who knows what the summer of scheduled rehab will do for Greg Oden. Last season, the little that he did accomplish on the court was way more than many thought he could ever do again. It’s a long hope, maybe, but that hope could have been snuffed out long before now, and it’s hard not to root for the guy.

    • antistratfordian - Jun 30, 2014 at 2:31 AM

      They are both priorities.

      • fanofthegame79 - Jun 30, 2014 at 11:24 AM

        Any thoughts about who you would go for? Gortat would be my #1 priority.

      • antistratfordian - Jun 30, 2014 at 4:16 PM

        Everyone is high on Gortat for Miami. Yes, I like Gortat for them too for all of the same reasons. He’s 7’0 with his shoes on and versatile enough to play in the Heat’s offense.

        I don’t think it’s happening though.

  8. tampajoey - Jun 29, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    Lebron in Houston > Miami’s Big 3
    Lebron in LA Clippers > Miami’s Big 3
    Lebron in Chicago > Miami Big 3

    Lebron with Melo in Phoenix > Miami Big 3

    • bdazzler00 - Jun 29, 2014 at 10:26 PM

      Lebron in OKC>Miami big 3
      Lebron in San Antonio> Miami big 3
      Lebron in Indiana> Miami big 3
      Lebron in Memphis> Miami big 3
      Lebron in Golden State> Miami big 3
      Lebron in Brooklyn> Miami big 3
      Lebron on almost any team in the NBA>Miami big 3

      I guess whatever team Lebron plays for is gonna be pretty good!

      • southbeachtalent - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:11 AM

        unless he plays for Miami! hahahaha so dumb.

    • antistratfordian - Jun 30, 2014 at 2:33 AM

      LeBron in Miami > all of those teams

      • bdazzler00 - Jun 30, 2014 at 10:11 AM

        my point exactly! I love Miami being seen as the evil empire.

        it reminds me of the hurricanes in the 80’s.

    • realfootballfan - Jun 30, 2014 at 10:01 PM

      Well, why haven’t any of those teams with those so called better players never been out of the 2nd round collectively if they’re so good besides Dwight? Especially the Rockets with the biggest choke artist in basketball (Harden) being included in this discussion, loooooool.

      The Heat are an old team, but even with their older Wade and Bosch, they’re better than all of those combinations you mentioned for the reason I stated. Wade has actually done something outside of the regular season and the 2nd round of the playoffs in his career and played great this year until the Finals. The Heat’s biggist problem is that they need to reduce the roles of the older veterans to be more in line with their advanced ages, not having them being relied on as role players to play 25-30 minutes in a pinch like Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis had to do this postseason. Those guys should be 10-12 minutes max at this point of their careers. Get rid of the projects like Beasly and Odin to get that done and get some actual players who will get some PT in crunch time.

  9. naterich21 - Jun 29, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    “Bosh one of most versatile and dynamic big men in the league”

    Should’ve said Bosh is one of the most soft and lazy shooting guards in the league

    • bkbell3 - Jun 29, 2014 at 10:44 PM

      Do some of you people actually watch basketball? Bosh was a 20-10 guy who sacrificed his game and his pride to do what they asked him which was be a stretch pf/center to open up the lane for wade and lbj to operate and it has worked. Also bosh became a decent 3pt. shooter and has hit some big 3’s for them. I think at times when they struggle to score they should run offense thru. him more cause he killed guys like david west. He does what they ask of him and takes less money to do it.

      • naterich21 - Jun 29, 2014 at 11:49 PM

        Not being the focal point of an offense shouldn’t affect your ability to box out. Ever since he went to Miami, he ignored the post/rebounding and worked on 3 pointers.

        Small ball is cool when the 3s are going in but most of the time to win titles, you need a strong presence in the paint.

        If I’m Miami, I am letting a sigh of relief you no longer have to pay this guy 20 million a year and would let him walk if he asks for too much

      • bkbell3 - Jun 30, 2014 at 12:01 AM

        naterich21 i do hear what you’re saying and i think bosh needs to turn his motor up more often but his points are only down about 3 and his rebounds are i think down a little more that 2 from his career averages. They also switch alot which many times leaves him on the perimeter and out of the paint as does stanting at the 3 pt line. I’m also not a miami fan i’m a knick fan {god help me and please pray for me}

      • macka4 - Jun 30, 2014 at 1:48 AM

        Was a 20-10 guy. Garnett was a 20-10 man too, at one time.

      • bkbell3 - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:46 AM

        macka4,Yes he is not a 20-10 guy now because he is taking upwards of 300 less shots per year than he did in Toronto. And he is the third or forth option and they have him standing at the 3pt line to draw out the center or pf to open up the lane for wade and lbj. Unlike kd bosh is still in his prime and can still put up numbers if they give him the touches. And i’m not a bosh or miami fan.

      • realfootballfan - Jun 30, 2014 at 10:07 PM

        If they leave Phil around, that will be teh team to supplant NY. He did it in the tougher Western Conference with a star and a half along with a head case young center who barely ever played 7 years ago. Phil makes good players great and knows how to put a team together.

  10. jadaruler - Jun 29, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    General Riley and his men are ready for free agency combat.

  11. kb2408 - Jun 29, 2014 at 10:23 PM


  12. campcouch - Jun 29, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    Riley goes badda-bing,pulls the rug from under Wade and Bosh,signs Melo and Gasol,combs hair back.

    • bkbell3 - Jun 29, 2014 at 11:44 PM

      camp, that would be funny,cold as hell, but funny. It would be interesting to hear what all the parties had to say if it happened. In public and behind closed doors.

  13. wilmyers09 - Jun 29, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    naterich21 dude he is not a sg u dont know what u are talking about

  14. cantonbound13 - Jun 30, 2014 at 5:01 AM

    6’11 soft, overrated & over paid shooting guard

  15. 1historian - Jun 30, 2014 at 7:05 AM

    Bosh and Wade are both replaceable, James is not.

    Money talks, b.s. walks.

    Let the fun begin.

  16. ccbloom1 - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:29 AM


  17. florida727 - Jun 30, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    Can’t tell you what the so-called big three are planning, but I can tell you what Dwayne Wade is planning. He’s planning on walking away from about $12-14 million next year by opting out. He’s either an idiot, or Pat Riley convinced him to restructure his deal to get his money deferred. If he’s got only another year or two left to play, Riley probably sold him on the idea of deferring all his money until he retires, then he doesn’t have to pay taxes on half of it (road games) in states where income tax applies. Guess it not the dumbest thing he could do.

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