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Report: Bosh would prefer a four-year max deal with another team to staying with Heat for less

Jul 5, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

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The longer the LeBron James situation drags out, the more we’re going to continue to hear rumblings about Miami’s Big Three being broken up, with those players pursuing what would certainly be lucrative options elsewhere.

While the Heat remain the most likely destination for James to end up, it does seem for the first time that his leaving to go somewhere else is a real possibility.

If that were to happen, teams would be lining up to try to poach Chris Bosh, who is a legitimate All-Star talent that would command no less than a four-year max contract on the open market. In fact, he may now prefer that to taking less money to stay in Miami on a new deal that might lock him up for the next five years.

From Ken Berger of CBSSports.com:

Bosh possibly going to the Rockets (or to the Lakers or Mavs) proves why the notion of Bosh taking a $10 million pay cut to stay in Miami was never realistic. With the Bulls, Rockets, Mavs, Lakers, Cavs, Suns and potentially others chasing James, Anthony or both, there are more teams than there are LeBrons and Melos (only one of each). Once James and Anthony have made a decision, the teams that lost out will be lining up to create a market for Bosh.

Thus, with James waiting for Heat president Pat Riley to revamp the roster and with Dwyane Wade leaving $42 million on the table at age 32, Bosh is the member of the Big Three most likely to break away. Multiple league sources say there will be a close-to-max market for Bosh if Anthony and James stay with their respective teams. One of those people, an executive with a rival team, said the growing belief around the league is that Bosh would prefer a four-year max deal with another team to a discounted longer deal with Miami.

Any deal that Bosh and LeBron sign to stay in Miami would likely be very similar to their last ones, which included early termination provisions after the first three years. So, if James does return and Bosh agrees to take less in the first couple of years of a new contract, he’ll have the option of either collecting the rest near the end of it, or simply opting out to secure a more lucrative deal when that time comes.

Bosh has said more than once that he doesn’t want to leave Miami. But if the unexpected happens, and LeBron bolts in free agency, it would be easy to see Bosh doing the same — for max money, and without having to deal with the decision of whether or not to take a discount.

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  1. ejphenom - Jul 5, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    Pat Riley is no genius. It was easy to probably convince a bunch of friends to take a paycut to come to Miami. And I doubt if the Big 3 weren’t friends that they would have went to the same team. Bosh and Wade shouldn’t be waiting on James to decide on their futures. They look weak waiting on another man to make an important decision about their lives. Bosh could easily find a contender to go to and Wade could as well.

    • ocalarob - Jul 5, 2014 at 12:43 PM

      It’s not bosh and wade waiting on Lebron, it’s other teams waiting on LeBron and melo, if you have a chance to sign one of them you don’t sign Bosh or Wade until it’s clear you have no shot at either.

      • florida727 - Jul 6, 2014 at 9:15 AM

        Couldn’t agree more. Love them or hate them, LeBron and ‘Melo move the proverbial needle in the NBA right now. Until their decisions are made, other teams won’t chase, or take the time to chase, the other eligible studs like a Bosh or a Wade (who, personally, I think is done as a major impact player, even though I’ve been a fan of his since his Marquette days and hope that’s not the case).

        If ‘Melo genuinely wants to win championships, and soon, it’s Houston or Chicago. If he stays in New York, he’s 3-4 years away. By then, he’s 35 and he’s not option #1 anymore. If LeBron stays in Miami and insists on max money, they’re done winning championships too because they’ll never get the kind of bench they need. And if Bosh ALSO insists on a max deal, they’ll be lucky to have enough money to even fill out a bench let alone one that contributes.

      • hoopfan71 - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:02 PM

        Agree. The proverbial dominoes that will fall after LeBron and Melo sign will include both free agent signings and various trade scenarios. Also, I have to agree that Riley getting the Big Three to sign in Miami the first time around was no stroke of genius. They did that on their own. That would be like calling Spoelstra a coaching genius.

    • nflcrimerankingscom - Jul 5, 2014 at 1:29 PM

      Adrian Wojnarowski ✔ @WojYahooNBA
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      Chris Bosh’s reps have made recent calls on market to reconfirm that max slots would be available to him, sources tell Yahoo. Answers: Yes.

      Au revoir, Heatles

    • billstraehl - Jul 5, 2014 at 2:04 PM

      I’d be surprised if he stayed. He, as much as anyone knows just how far they really were from beating the Spurs. He’s got two rings, and his ‘brand’ is being abused in Miami. Quite frankly, they don’t seem to know what to do with him. He’s changed his game considerably and improved his game considerably. Why shouldn’t he go elsewhere? Probably be doing Miami a favor too, as they could get three decent pieces for what they’d be paying Bosh to underachieve in their system.

      • apkyletexas - Jul 5, 2014 at 2:45 PM

        Even taking a lot of his shots from outside, Bosh has an insane true shooting % of .597. The only other centers in the league who can touch that are taking almost all their shots from about 3 feet.

    • jtoledo86 - Jul 5, 2014 at 3:23 PM

      Easy? That’s why no one else was able to do it…right? Haters, SMH!

    • miamboy - Jul 5, 2014 at 4:33 PM

      oh really? How did he play in this championship? Bosh has improved his jump shot! that’s it!to command the money bosh wants.you have to go out EVERY NIGHT and get over 20points.and bosh didn’t come close to doing that!

    • antistratfordian - Jul 5, 2014 at 5:30 PM

      Bosh and LeBron weren’t friends before Miami. They knew each other, but they weren’t close like LeBron and Wade.

  2. cantonbound13 - Jul 5, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    Max for a soft 6’11 shooting guard that can’t rebound?

    • cruzan80 - Jul 5, 2014 at 1:39 PM

      @canton

      Bosh averaged 20.3 ppg & 9.3 rebs during his 7 years in Toronto. The Heat turned him into a 6’11″ shooting guard.

      • lenbias34pt - Jul 5, 2014 at 2:54 PM

        You can’t argue with 9.3 Rebounds in the NBA, but you watch him play now and you just cant’ believe he was a legit 4.

        Last year he averaged 1 Ast. , 1 Block, 1 steal, 16 points and 6.6 Rebounds.

        I like Bosh, but is a good starter on a playoff team and nothing more. To mention him in Lebron’s ‘big 3′ is just silly.

        If Bosh gets Max $ he is stealing, but I must say it’s the only path for Bosh if he wants to be little more than an NBA foot note:
        “the third wheel of the big three.”

      • eugenesaxe1 - Jul 5, 2014 at 3:03 PM

        Bosh was treated like the little brother who tagged along wherever big brother went. Put him on a team where he’d actually be utilized like he should be, you’d see much different results.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 5, 2014 at 3:19 PM

        lenbias

        it isn’t stealing when these teams GIVE these contracts to these players…

        matter of fact, I’d wonder about the sanity of some of the dudes if they said “no man, a GUARANTEED 5 yr $100 million deal is too much for me… so give me LESS and then I’ll sign…”

        now, when many of these executives put these crazy contracts down in front of some of these players, I think they should be drug tested…

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 5, 2014 at 3:51 PM

        cruz

        yep, the Heat did turn him into a 6′ 11″ shooting guard…

        BUT, he had a .597% true shooting percentage this season.

        very FEW in the league in ANY position shoot that well overall…

        Bosh was 30th out of 337 qualified players in true shooting percentage in the league this past season.

        Not too shabby…

        IF he were really a shooting guard, he would have been 7th out of 65 qualified players in true shooting percentage this past season…

      • lenbias34pt - Jul 5, 2014 at 4:08 PM

        Sports Fan
        I completely agree.
        If we go over some of these contract (Ben Gordon JUMPS out) guys are certainly ‘stealing’ $ more so than Bosh.

        I just don’t think Bosh is a top 5 PF or a top 30 player in the NBA, so he shouldn’t be paid as such. Once a team offers the coin who wouldn’t take it?

        I’m of the opinion if a team has 2 very bad contracts (see Wade and Bosh in Miami in the coming seasons) you are really making it difficult for that team to win……

        What did the Heat spend on their bench players compared to what the Spurs played?

        Kobie has made it impossible for the Lakers to win for the next 2 years…….Just as Boozer has tied the Bulls horns behind their back…….A’mare in NY…….Deron Williams…..With the cap, guys have to play in the neighborhood of their contracts.
        Bosh and Wade are not elite players. If they are paid as such -without knowing anything else- it’s less likely the Heat will win.

        Perhaps that is what Lebron is waiting for…..Hell I think most places Lebron could choose would be superior to what the Heat will present.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 5, 2014 at 4:26 PM

        len

        like how you think…

        ya had me lock stock and barrel when you said Kobe’s contract made it impossible for them to win the next two yrs…

        and Kobe says it’s all about the championships… actions Kobe, not words…

      • leoimpr - Jul 5, 2014 at 7:23 PM

        when you are the only option you can do what he did in a bad team. Bosh can leave now, I care less. you put Wade with broken knees with the team Bosh had in Toronto and he would score 30 with 12 rebounds.

      • lenbias34pt - Jul 5, 2014 at 8:12 PM

        Sports Fan,
        I do look forward to watching Kobie shoot until his elbow is sore and the Lakers hit depths that franchise has rarely seen.

        Not sure who he’ll be able to blame other than his sinking FG %, his lack of Defensive intensity, his dominating the ball and as much as anything his contract.

      • cantonbound13 - Jul 6, 2014 at 9:33 AM

        Poor coaching? Possibly. He also didn’t carry the team to the second or third round of the weak Eastern conference like most max players did.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 5, 2014 at 5:32 PM

      Surprising? Height is considered a skill in the NBA, and height that can stretch the floor can make a lot of money.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 5, 2014 at 9:46 PM

        evidently it’s surprising to posters on here…

  3. chiadam - Jul 5, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    Riley has a bigger task on his hands than I think he anticipated. I think he’s still living in a world where every established veteran should jump at the chance to sacrifice their salaries for a “sure” NBA title. But even with James, Wade, and Bosh, the Heat are clearly no longer a sure thing. I think there’s a good chance that Bosh leaves, or stays and sucks up so much cap space that nothing of value can be added. Or he might leave and James will be back to his Cleveland days but with better weather.

    • seansull83 - Jul 5, 2014 at 2:50 PM

      Because the Big 3 project was never a sure thing. 4 years to rings, not a bad result but people aren’t jumping in line to take a pay cut for 50% of the time. Here is a funny thing about averages to, they change all the time. People want they are due, has nothing to do with being greedy, but it is about respect. Bosh isn’t an All-Star but he was 3rd banana on a team and constantly got crapped on. He did will himself back into the playoffs after abdominal strain he suffered, changed his game to fit a system that exposes him, and not once did he blame anyone. Now Riley is saying, “Hey buddy, I know you helped us get 2 rings, but I’m gonna need you to take another pay cut. Also if you could work on Saturday, that’d be great.”

      Ya it’s time to walk.

      • aldavisfortytime - Jul 5, 2014 at 3:42 PM

        Couldn’t have said it better.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 5, 2014 at 5:42 PM

        Wait a second… what? We just spent the last two weeks praising the Spurs Big 3 for sacrificing salary so they can stay together and win together, and now it’s time for Bosh to walk because he’s not going to be the highest paid player on the Heat anymore?

        Why aren’t we saying that the Big 3 should sacrifice money to stay together to keep winning? Why all of a sudden do people want them to go for the money?

        Don’t answer that, it was just a rhetorical question. People are whistling a different tune for Miami because they want them to break up.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 5, 2014 at 5:35 PM

      Maybe. Or maybe they’re reading these reports and laughing. This report stems from, “an executive with a rival team said the growing belief around the league…”

      I have no idea how accurate any of this is.

      • kinggw - Jul 5, 2014 at 6:07 PM

        And neither do any of these so called experts on this blog. They only believe them because they believe anything that has the Big 3 breaking up.

        Early this week Bosh was supposed to be ok with taking $11M now he’s ready to leave? It’s hard to believe the member of the big three who was the most adamant about them staying together is now going to depart.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 5, 2014 at 6:47 PM

        I will take the Big 3 at their word for the time being – and LeBron and Bosh have both said on multiple occasions that they would sacrifice money to stay in Miami. That came from the horse’s mouth. These reports are 2nd, 3rd, 4th hand.

  4. lakerade - Jul 5, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    I, too, prefer this.

  5. ijusth - Jul 5, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    Bosh has 2 rings so his reasoning will be different than Melo. Also James wants to be the best so he will want to go for a ‘best option’. Chris I think will go strictly for money so that makes for a much wider set of options and if the Lakers lose on Gasol Bosh will be a great alternative.

    • chiadam - Jul 5, 2014 at 1:30 PM

      Right. Bosh has no need to poach rings now. He has two of them. When you have two ring, you don’t leave generational wealth sitting on the table, even if you already made as much money as he has.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 5, 2014 at 5:47 PM

      Chris is not a “strictly for money” kind of guy. Above all else he wants to keep competing for rings. He said he’d rather be an underpaid 3rd banana and winning than a max franchise type player and losing.

      What I think is most useful from these reports, from Chris Bosh’s perspective, is that he now knows that teams are still willing to give him the max – so he knows the respect for his game is still there. I think for a cerebral guy like Bosh, knowing that is enough.

  6. cruzan80 - Jul 5, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    I never understood why Heat fans were so confident that the “big 3” were all coming back….especially LBJ.

    James knows that ANY team he joins will immediately become a contender. The Cavs went 61-21 his last season there. NOBODY on that roster were as good as Kyrie Irving. Heck, I’m not sure if there was anyone as good as Tristan Thompson on that team. James didn’t leave Cleveland because he hated the city or team…it was because they couldn’t attract any talent good enough to truly win a title. That won’t be the case this time go round & I haven’t even mentioned the very real possibility of them trading for Kevin Love.

    Bosh averaged 20.3 ppg & 9.3 rebs as one of the best PF’s in the entire league for the Raptors before Spolstra turned him into a 6’11” SG. All this talk about Bosh taking a pay cut to continue playing with Wade & his bum knees & some marginally talented players is quite frankly just plain stupid considering his options.

    If your Chris Bosh, take your two to Houston & sign with the Rockets. Get paid. Younger stars. Better fit.

    • chiadam - Jul 5, 2014 at 1:34 PM

      The confidence Heat fans have in James returning never made sense to me, either. Did the Heat fans not see how James leveled his home team in order to have a better chance at winning rings? And now they think he won’t leave Miami after that pantsing they took in the Finals? Where would this loyalty come from?

      • antistratfordian - Jul 5, 2014 at 5:49 PM

        LeBron only left Cleveland after 2 contracts and 7 years of inept management and questionable coaching. That is not the case in Miami. If Cleveland had Pat Riley LeBron would still be there.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 5, 2014 at 5:54 PM

      It’s not just about winning games for LeBron. It’s about winning games with teammates he considers brothers. He’s not going to go to Houston or any other place like that if he doesn’t have a close friend there. Winning in a place like that wouldn’t be as sweet to him.

      And Bosh would take a pay cut to continue playing with LeBron. He’d only leave if LeBron left, so you can call this his contingency plan.

  7. 00maltliquor - Jul 5, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    Bosh to LA….nooooo thank you. He’s really not a C and we just got Randle. We need A LOT of things, but a max player at the one position we actually have set for years to come that can’t rebound and can disappear faster then Dave Chapelle is nuts. I never thought I’d say this but Melo is starting to look good now if we are thinkibg about this joker.

    • kb2408 - Jul 5, 2014 at 2:01 PM

      I agree. I’d much rather the LAKERS wait until next season to spend money if the best option is Bosh. If he were the Toronto version of Bosh, maybe. But not this 30 yr old version.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 5, 2014 at 3:38 PM

        Bosh 7 seasons in Toronto

        Bosh 4 seasons in Miami

        Toronto PER 21.3
        Heat PER 19.4

        Toronto True Shooting % .571%
        Heat True Shooting % .578%

        Toronto win shares per 48 min’s .158
        Heat win shares per 48 min’s .168

        Toronto rebounds per 36 min’s 9.1
        Heat rebounds per 36 min’s 7.8

        Toronto points per 36 min’s 19.7
        Heat points per 36 min’s 18.3

        Oh, the Lakers gave a HUGE two yr deal to a 35 yr old coming off of an injury…

        Yeah, Bosh is 30 yrs old… SO IS MELO

        Even with Miami using Bosh differently than he was used in Toronto and even though he was no longer “The Man” like he was in Toronto due to LBJ being the man and D Wade being the #2 banana… Bosh’s numbers were very similar to his time in Toronto…

  8. 00maltliquor - Jul 5, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    You know what, this is actually a good thing for Miami. If they can manage to lose Bosh because Bosh himself wants to leave, then they can actually go out and get a star worthwhile paying big money to to go with James and the corpse of Wade without looking bad doing it.

    Bosh would fit really nice in Houston though. It would be a good look.

    • kb2408 - Jul 5, 2014 at 2:04 PM

      I agree again. In fact, Bosh should leave regardless of what LeBron decides. Why not take the max to go back home and play with a contender? LeBron (max), Bosh (max or near max) and Wade ain’t winning anymore titles.

    • eugenesaxe1 - Jul 5, 2014 at 3:22 PM

      You’d rather lose Bosh than wade?

      • 00maltliquor - Jul 5, 2014 at 3:30 PM

        Good question. No.

        But thing is DWade IS Miami, can’t see James and Bosh re-upping without the godfather or MIA casting aside D Wade just like that since their all about “family”. Wade is the patriarch.

      • eugenesaxe1 - Jul 5, 2014 at 3:44 PM

        Very true. It comes down to “family” vs “title”. IMO, the object of the game is to win the last game of the season. Tell wade to retire and pay him w/o it counting against the cap.That’s where your cap saving is.

    • JHathwell - Jul 5, 2014 at 3:32 PM

      Which star are you referring to? Nothing left on the market except 2nd and 3rd tier guys.

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 5, 2014 at 3:39 PM

      malt

      what other player is out there right NOW to replace Bosh with?

      • 00maltliquor - Jul 5, 2014 at 3:53 PM

        Now? I heard Noe Wun is still available.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 5, 2014 at 4:28 PM

        Pat Riley can’t find enee wun…

    • antistratfordian - Jul 5, 2014 at 5:59 PM

      It wouldn’t be a good thing if the Heat couldn’t get another big to stretch the floor like Bosh. Miami would become a lot easier to defend.

      Not to mention replacing Bosh’s pick and roll defense… which is elite.

  9. program33 - Jul 5, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    I said it before and I will say it again. DWade “should not ” have opted out. Just an opinion.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 5, 2014 at 5:59 PM

      Why not?

      • program33 - Jul 10, 2014 at 2:37 AM

        Mostly because he will probably end up with less money plus no Lebron….or possibly Bosh for that matter.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 10, 2014 at 2:43 AM

        He was probably going to end up with no LeBron or Bosh anyway. Less money? Maybe. I think Riley will take good care of him though.

  10. em11965 - Jul 5, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    LeBron was selfish behind the reasoning for convincing all three to opt out. Bosh and Wade will not find that money that they had with Miami or any other team. LeBron wants a max. That would not give Miami enough flexibility to fortify their roster with the role players needed to win a championship.If he was really about winning another championship with Miami he would not demand a max. He deserves to be the highest paid player on his team but he willingly signed the five year contract. He also is not showing loyalty in not be 100% willing to stay with Miami to rebuild a championship team. He is just a mercenary, looking to run to the situation with the most money and easiest path to a championship.

    • realfootballfan - Jul 5, 2014 at 3:34 PM

      They’re grown men, and why are you so sure he convinced them to do anything? Wade, I think, did it truly because he’s a Heat lifer who will do whatever is best for the team. Bosch has just as many options as James does. He’ll get a max contract wherever he’d go, and I still doubt any of them are going anywhere.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 5, 2014 at 6:00 PM

      He didn’t convince the other two to opt out. He never asked them to do anything. He just told them what he was going to do and they decided to opt out on their own.

    • kinggw - Jul 5, 2014 at 6:10 PM

      Who said he’s not coming back? Have you talked to him recently?

  11. csbanter - Jul 5, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    Did Bosh grow some cojones over night ?

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 5, 2014 at 3:41 PM

      nah… his wife just temporarily gave them back to him so he could sign for the really big bucks… once he signs, she’ll take the cojones back…

  12. cwilson6843 - Jul 5, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    You guys think too much. Let it all play out. The big 3 said they will give Riley the time he needs to put together some pieces. I think that’s the deciding factor in if they stay and how much of a cut they will be willing to make. Free agency just started. I think you guys are a lil too excited at the thought of lbj leaving Miami. Just let it play out

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 5, 2014 at 3:44 PM

      and people always do what they say they are going to do…

      do as I say not do as I do…

      New Year’s resolutions? Ha!

      P.S. They USED to be the Big 3. They are NO longer the Big 3 even if all three do resign there…

      • cwilson6843 - Jul 5, 2014 at 4:17 PM

        That’s true. But is also true that you are just a speculator? Making predictions off you’re own opinions. Just let it play out that’s all I’m sayin

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 5, 2014 at 4:31 PM

        cwilson

        most definitely sir. hit the nail on the head…

        me and everyone on here are only speculating…

        which makes it silly when folks on here get on others and say “man, you don’t know, you’re just speculating”

        like they aren’t too.

      • cwilson6843 - Jul 5, 2014 at 7:34 PM

        No u start an opinion by saying “I think”. A lot of people state their opinions as if they are facts. Its a fact when I say you are speculating.

  13. campcouch - Jul 5, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    Until any of these guys sign a contract,it’s all wishes and speculation

  14. realfootballfan - Jul 5, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    So no real facts, just another executive who wants Bosch speculating, lol.

  15. cashtext4all.com - Jul 5, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    Fully with Bosh premise. Wait to see whether James bolt, and if he does so then there is no reason to not only stay in Miami, but to take less?…No way…Dude has to eat and make money too.

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 5, 2014 at 3:46 PM

      and make mortgage payments too…

      Bosh has the 1st and 3rd most expensive homes of ALL NBA players… just Google folks…

  16. JT - Jul 5, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    If Bosh leaves Miami his stats will be 20/10 easy.. This is an interesting situation..

    http://thefrontofficenews.com

  17. bbk1000 - Jul 5, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    As he should…..good for him…..some people forget this guy can play…..

  18. johnheisman - Jul 5, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    I am sure Bosh will get a big contract but to me he is just not that good. The goal of every team is to win the championship and your best and highest paid players (not player) are counted on to step up. Bosh was needed in the finals and he was invisible. If he is a max contract player, shouldn’t he be one of the 5 best players in the Finals (James, Parker, Leonard, Ginobli, Duncan, I even think Diaw and Mills outplayed him) ? I didn’t see him do anything. Everyone can have a good or bad game but what exactly did Bosh do except not touch the ball, not score, not rebound and not make any plays on defense. it is great when he can go for 15 and 10 against the Bucks in a meaningless game but how about doing something when it really counts Chris?

    • rodyaugu - Jul 5, 2014 at 5:14 PM

      Didn’t do squat in game in game 7 of last year finals either, not even one point,

    • realfootballfan - Jul 5, 2014 at 5:22 PM

      I agree with this to a point. If he does leave in free agency, which again I doubt, his landing team will be disappointed. For all the “look at his numbers in Toronto crowd,” that’s called your numbers going down because you’re not on a garbage team anymore. Toronto was patently a joke the entire time he was there, so now you’d expect him to “step it up” 4 years later and older in his career. Whatever exec took that gamble I feel confident in saying won’t have their job too long after his new team flamed out next to someone like the choke artist, Harden, or old Kobee, or take your pick. Why it worked in Miami is because James and Wade were that good, well until this Finals run for Wade that is. He was making more money than all of them, so if he wanted to be more offensively involved, no one was stopping him in the Finals. I’m sure the Heat deidn’t want to lose, but he’s not that kind of player and never has been and certainly won’t be as an older player now. The Heat paid him because he fit what they did defensively 4 years ago and because of his durability. Otherwise they would have been trying to get Stoudemire (or maybe people forget him basically begging Riley to pick him over Bosch 4 summers ago before settling for the Knicks) at the time who, even with his best years well behind him, still has career highlights that Bosch will never see, in Miami or elsewhere.

    • kinggw - Jul 5, 2014 at 6:16 PM

      Until you become a GM and have the power to sign players, your opinion regarding Bosh is irrelevant. Plenty of GMs around the league see the value in Bosh. Just because a guy puts up 20 and 10 doesn’t mean he’s a great player and just because a guy puts up 17 and 7 doesn’t mean he’s worse than the 20 and 10 player it all depends on context.

      The Spurs are champs, its natural to overvalue their role players. The same thing happened after Dallas won. Diaw and Mills had good series but like Barea and Chandler before them, they will regress to the mean.

  19. rodyaugu - Jul 5, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    Should he leaves, I hopes he goes to Houston, where he can be the soft big man he always wanted to be. He can open up space for Howard and Harden.

    • realfootballfan - Jul 5, 2014 at 5:29 PM

      That would be a head case crew. Harden, the worst so called star when the playoffs come around I’ve seen since Eddie Jones, Bosch who’s just not a player you should be relying on as anything but a solid role player and not “the man” or even option B, just ask the Heat how that worked out whenever Wade faded out, which leaves you with Dwight who is very talented, but is quite the special person himself. And oh btw, Howard can opt out next summer himself, which is going to get interesting if the Rockets have another playoff exit like they did against Portland, which I predict because McHale isn’t that good.

      • rodyaugu - Jul 5, 2014 at 8:49 PM

        Mchale has another chance to redeem himself.

  20. deerussel - Jul 5, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    BOSH~~~~Will be a “LAKER” !!!!
    JAMES~~~ GOES HOME, Riley cant improve the team !!!!
    WADE~~~~Who cares, HES FINISHED !!!!

    Welcome back to the bottom MIAMI !!!! Riley sold you all out for 4 years of greatness….NOW ENJOY WHAT HE DID TO OTHER TEAMS !!!!!!

  21. skammyfresh - Jul 5, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    There is NO WAY Bosh should get a max contract….unless someone is very desperate…..or Al Davis crawled out of his grave and bought a basketball team…..

  22. thenoseycubansportsguy - Jul 5, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    We are only a few days in and I am already sick of this. Im sick with the attitude of the BIG 3. Im sick of all the negative stories. I am sick of LBJ holding the Heat hostage by taking his sweet time while all the FAs get signed. I am about to say scrap the whole thing and let the BIG 3 go their own way. I hate to see millionaires who get paid to put a ball through a hoop hangel-ing for money. If u want to work inside of the system, then whats the hold up? If not, LEAVE!

    We cant offer $$ to FAs because we dont know how much the big three will cost. We cant sign the big three because they want us to sign FAs first!!!

    This is nuts! So we lost a championship to a better team and now the team is no good? Everyone has to jump ship???? Really? If we would have won, then what?

    Im sick of this. I have stopped checking ESPN and the NBA network.

    • kinggw - Jul 5, 2014 at 6:29 PM

      Get upset if they leave, but its foolish to get mad because they are going through the process to keep the team in championship contention. If they all opted in and made people like you feel better, they wouldn’t have the means to improve the team. This process is a little vexing but you have to believe that Riley keeps the big 3 intact and adds another quality player or two.

      You should also understand that most of these stories are floated by teams that are looking to see the Big 3 break up for their benefit. Im guessing the rival executive in Berger’s report is none other than Morey.

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 6, 2014 at 12:11 PM

      You, sir, need a big, bong hit. Don’t be so mad.

  23. alongthegulf - Jul 5, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    It not fair if LeBron wants a max contract to stay with the Heat and the expense of Wade and Bosh. LeBron wants Wade and Bosh to sacrifice salary to so Riley can have better subs. Fair is fair, and that’s not fair. I’m not sure Wade can find a better deal to jump ship with his aliments the last several years. His best bet is to stay in Miami. He could also get an offer from Chicago. Most certainly Bosh can do better. Bosh is a Texas product. Although he says he doesn’t like Dallas, and he’s from the a Dallas suburb, Houston wants him. I’m also sure the Spurs can use his services. Another team that comes to mind is Phoenix with that young talented team. They can use a vet that is team orientated and not self centered. The ‘Big 3′ days in Miami may be over!

  24. redskins21lakers24 - Jul 5, 2014 at 6:48 PM

    bosh should take the max, its obvious lebron cares for him self.

  25. antistratfordian - Jul 5, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    Here’s how it is going to work with Bosh. If LeBron stays on the Heat, he will re-sign with Miami for less. If LeBron leaves, Bosh is also going to leave.

    That’s it in a nutshell.

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