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Report: Chris Bosh ‘back in a second’ with Heat if LeBron James returns

Jul 6, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

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The report of Chris Bosh preferring a max contract outside Miami rather than a discounted deal to stay with the Heat included a catch. Ken Berger of CBSSports.com:

Multiple league sources say there will be a close-to-max market for Bosh if Anthony and James stay with their respective teams.

Teams in the race for LeBron James and/or Carmelo Anthony are in holding patterns until they commit, and LeBron leaving the Heat and Melo leaving the Knicks – unless one chooses the Suns, who could create max cap room for a second player if they get a little creative – would take two potential Bosh suitors off the market. If LeBron or Melo sign with the Rockets, Mavericks or Lakers – three potential Bosh destinations – Bosh might not stir up enough demand to leverage to get a full max contract.

LeBron staying in Miami would keep all outside options open for Bosh. However…

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

“Bosh is back in a second if LeBron commits,” one league source involved in the dialogue told Yahoo Sports.

It’s a catch 22. Bosh can get his desired max offer if LeBron stays with the Heat, but if LeBron stays with the Heat, Bosh wants to return to Miami.

Bosh has repeatedly stated a desire to stay in Miami with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. The former Toronto Raptor is clearly happy in South Beach.

It’s possible the right dominoes fall – LeBron leaving, another team still offering Bosh the max – but it’s a narrow road out of Miami for Bosh.

  1. leeeeroyjenkins - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    “Bosh can get his desired max offer if LeBron stays with the Heat, but if LeBron stays with the Heat, Bosh wants to return to Miami.” Makes sense…

    • nflcrimerankingscom - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:00 PM

      If you were forced to bet $10,000 of your own money on either Lebron leaving or Lebron staying, what would you bet right now?

      Thumbs up he leaves, thumbs down he stays.

      • WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:09 PM

        I’d thumbs down you for being a tool, but that would mean he stays?

      • chicagosports2014 - Jul 6, 2014 at 5:54 PM

        Bosh still isn’t a man 👶

  2. coffeeblack95616 - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    Lol, that above quote is some seriously poor writing.

  3. parasolmonster - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    AccordingToLeagueSourcesTalk

  4. rrhoe - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    In twenty years when Bosh is broke I hope he remembers how he wouldn’t look out for his own interest and was so concerned about what LeBron does.

    • genericcommenter - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:34 PM

      Bosh doesn’t seem like the type of guy to go broke after making around $200 million. Granted I don’t know about his personal finances, but he hangs out at home sampling beers and doing computer programming as a hobby. He seems like he’d be pretty logical with money.

    • casualcommenter - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:44 PM

      ….The two problems with your comment are

      1. Bosh is one of the smarter players in the league, so he’s not a guy I’d expect to go broke.
      2. If I’m wrong and Bosh is the type of guy who go broke in 20 years because he accept getting paid $15 million per year with the Heat, then he probably still would have gone broke accepting $18 million per year from someone else.

      Something a lot of commenters here can’t conceptually understand is that when people talk about stars taking less money, we’re debating them taking $3-5 million per year paycuts while still earning a healthy $12 million per year. Not signing for the veteran’s minimum of $1 million per year….

      • casualcommenter - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:46 PM

        Ugh, sorry about the typos. Taking a train and typing on the smartphone

    • rrhoe - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:25 PM

      It’s good to know you guys know Chris Bosh personally,but you both are missing my point. Bosh needs to do what’s right by Chris Bosh,his buddy LeBron just got him to opt out of 40mil for the sake of the “team” for his “buddy” to turn around and want the max. LeBron is thinking about LeBron,I don’t see LeBron making statements like the dumb ones Bosh keep making,I’m wondering is he on the “DL” or something to be honest…….

      • alongthegulf - Jul 6, 2014 at 5:52 PM

        It refreshing to see a player who is not playing for just the money. For Bosh is mostly about winning titles. With Miami Big 3, there is always a chance to win another title. Bosh is willing to resign with Miami if he knows James is coming back, even if he has to sacrifice some money. If James leaves, then Bosh will seek a better deal. Most star players who have a few years experience in the NFL, MBL, and NBA can live out there life without ever working another day in their lives. So the question is how much do you need? Is money more important to you than winning? For Bosh that apparent answer is winning is more important. That the type of players I want on my team!

      • antistratfordian - Jul 6, 2014 at 5:56 PM

        LeBron didn’t get Bosh out of anything. Bosh decided to do that on his own to give Miami flexibility. James did not persuade either Bosh or Wade to opt out.

      • realfootballfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 6:39 PM

        I think he would be doing what’s best for him by sticking with the guy who helped him earn his two rings. Unless Phil Jackson had the cap room in NY (he doesn’t) or the Spurs wanted to replace Duncan with him at a max salary or close to it (they don’t), all you’re doing is hating because your team can’t beat the Heat. Besides those two places with proven winners, where’s better for him, with old Kobee or in Houston with a clueless coach and GM where you’d go from alongside guys you’ve won championships with to the biggest choke artist in the game (James Harden) being depended on to shrink again next year in Houston? Or maybe that Bulls situation is something you’re advocating, you know that team who’s not been out of the 2nd round even when Rose was healthy? Unless we were talking about the first two scenarios I brought up, this is a nonissue.

  5. casualcommenter - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    Is this anything new though?

    Dwyane Wade and LeBron James have been coy in press conferences about what their plans are, but Chris Bosh was very open in multiple interviews in saying that he’d be willing to say in Miami for a paycut if the team’s core is kept together.

    Since nobody expects another team to try to poach Dwyane Wade away with a max offer given his disappointing season last year, when Bosh said, “I’ll stay if the plan is to keep the core together,” he means, “I’ll stay if LeBron stays.”

    Bosh is being realistic. He’ll take less to help the Heat build a contender, but I think even Heat fans would admit that the Heat aren’t contenders without LeBron, so if the Heat lose LeBron, they lose Bosh too.

    • casualcommenter - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:55 PM

      Also, the Rockets have more or less been confirmed by multiple reports from multiple news outlets that they’d offer max money to Bosh if Carmelo chooses not to go to Houston, and it seems that Carmelo prefers New York, LA, and Chicago over Houston.

      So you can debate whether or not Bosh is really worth that money (I think he is, but I understand people who disagree), but it appears likely that the Rockets would give him that money. A power forward like Chris Bosh who has 3 point range and has become a good pick and roll defender would really help the Rockets. Bosh’s struggles on defense are when he’s asked to defend the low-post or try to outmuscle centers for rebounds, but he wouldn’t have to do either of those when playing with Dwight, and he’d provide good floor spacing on offense.

      I’d like Bosh on the Rockets, but he definitely stays with the Heat unless LeBron leaves.

  6. garybrian - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    Just think, LeBron has his own man-servant.

  7. cluelessdufus - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    So basically if Lebron is gone, Bosh is gone. I have no problem with the heat, but I would personally like to see Bosh to go somewhere that he can be a 20/10 guy in his natural fit. The guy still has that ability and if he stays in Miami, he will never do that. Also he plays very soft in Miami’s offense, I want him to show he is deserving of a max contract. But hey, if he really wants to win I would t blame him if he followed Lebron.

    • naterich21 - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:33 PM

      He’s never averaging 10 boards again, he’s stopped playing physical ball. And no, it’s not because of Miami’s play style. Not posting up doesn’t equal can’t rebound in traffic

  8. eugenesaxe1 - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    Stuff like this makes Bosh look like a weenie.

  9. vols84 - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    I thought the Besties (Bron, Bosh, Wade) were joing forces for “not one, not two, not three, not four, not five, but six or seven titles”

  10. shutmdownd - Jul 6, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    Of course he leaves if lebron goes elsewhere, he would get a max deal and go play with harden and howard and have another team where he would be the third option, howard would still be the guy who would take the heat if they came up short, or lebron stays and bosh goes running back cause he knows lebron is the best in the nba, even though his game is completely different there than what it was in Toronto, which got him the big contract…

  11. mzim2756 - Jul 6, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    Yes refreshing that he is not about the money, however, how about stepping up and being a man and stop using Lebron as a crutch, go somewhere on your own and step it up

  12. realfootballfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    Well, at least he’s not as delucional as some of these posters here who seem to think the Heat wanted to lose the Finals and were “restricting” him from taking more of the scoring load. I think Spolestra tried to run plays for him often to get him going, knowing that Wade was running on empty, and he responded with being the role player that he is by shrinking in the moment. Good work if you can get it, but some of you are letting the LBJ hatorade cloud your vision on this one. Next to LBJ is his best bet. The Heat really need to get Wade to swallow his ego and accept less to play a Ginobli role while turning over the entire older role player cast. That’s their problem, and it’s exactly what SA went through as Popovich reduced Tim Duncan’s minutes a few years ago, got rid of guys like George Hill and Richard Jefferson, and brought in better pieces. Now, actually doing that will be the question because Riley hasn’t been so great at it lately.

    • december77 - Jul 6, 2014 at 7:43 PM

      Couldn’t agree with you more.

  13. philliephaninva - Jul 6, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    I personally hope that nobody takes either Anthony or James.

  14. ghelton03 - Jul 7, 2014 at 12:57 AM

    Bosh can be the kingpin here, if he wants. Not LBJ. Not Anthony. If Bosh accepts an offer from Houston, LBJ surely leaves Miami for somewhere (not sure where) and Anthony gets put on hold. The best move for LBJ, that I see is Houston, but Bosh could beat him to the punch. I don’t think LBJ is a good fit in Chicago unless they trade DRose (not a bad idea). LBJ and Melo could play together for less than the max in NY, but they wouldn’t win anything. Lakers would be best destination for either of the two. We seem to be waiting on LBJ and Melo, but Bosh can be the trigger if he wants to be.

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