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Rockets can’t keep Dwight Howard, James Harden and Chandler Parsons and give Chris Bosh max contract

Jul 9, 2014, 10:32 PM EDT

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Chris Bosh wants he and LeBron James to re-sign with the Heat.

But considering LeBron left his meeting with Pat Riley today without committing to Miami, there’s no guarantee Bosh will have that option. So, the Rockets are trying to poach the power forward, reportedly offering him a max contract.

One problem: Houston can’t easily clear max cap space for Bosh.

As soon as Chandler Parsons officially signs his offer sheet with the Mavericks, the Rockets will have 72 hours to act. If they match Dallas’ offer, Parsons’ cap hold ($2,875,130) will immediately be replaced on the books by his 2014-15 salary, which is at or near the max ($14,746,000).

Obviously, Houston wants to delay that as long as possible. Signing Bosh first with cap space first and then exceeding the cap to re-sign Parsons – something possible only as long as his cap hold remains on the books – is the Rockets’ ideal plan.

However, even if the roster is stripped to just Dwight Howard, James Harden and Parsons’ cap hold, Houston still couldn’t offer Bosh a max contract.

The Rockets could come close, offering $83,088,781 over four years. Bosh’s max with Houston is $88,151,588 over four years.

Maybe Bosh doesn’t care about that $5,062,807 difference. If so, more power to him.

However, he was reportedly dismayed by Miami lowballing him. I’m not sure he’s running to Houston on a discount.

And for the Rockets to offer even that much, they’d have to dump several players – including starters Patrick Beverley and Terrence Jones. Bosh would replace Jones at power forward, making that departure less of a big deal.

But Jeremy Lin is already ready set to be moved, and if Beverley is gone too, who plays point guard? Without either, Houston is much less appealing.

Bosh could sacrifice more salary – $6,804,570 total over four years – to give the Rockets room to keep Beverley, but again, that makes their offer less appealing.

If the Rockets let Parsons walk, Houston could could max out Bosh while keeping Beverley (and one of Omri Casspi, Isaiah Canaan, Robert Covington or Josh Powell or Troy Daniels’ qualifying offer). Once more, the Rockets without a key player – Parsons in this case – are much less appealing.

Does Bosh understand all this?

Maybe.

One of two conflicting reports say Bosh is sold on Houston as his backup option if LeBron leaves the Heat.

Chris Broussard and Brian Windhorst of ESPN?

David Aldridge of NBA.com:

The Rockets – and therefore Bosh – will soon be on a 72-hour clock to make this work. But as long as Houston wants to keep its two stars, Howard and Harden, and Parsons, a max offer to Bosh is not possible.

If the Rockets let Parsons walk, they could find max cap room for Bosh, but then the timetable wouldn’t matter. There would be no Parsons-related deadline.

Unless Bosh is willing to take less than the max – a possibility – it’s shaking up to be Bosh or Parsons for the Rockets. Or if they gamble wrong and let Parsons walk and LeBron re-signs with the Heat, neither.

It’s just hard to see Houston, again if Bosh truly wants the max, getting both.

  1. 00maltliquor - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    No duh. The CBA and cap is stupid. Same sitch where OKC couldn’t keep Durant, Westbrook, Ibaka, and give James Harden a max contract.

    HOU trust, you shot yourself in the foot, but match Parsons and forget about Bosh.

  2. cluelessdufus - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    Well, there gonna have to figure out who they want more. Do they want a Chris Bosh who may be better now, but be 34 at the end of that max deal, or take a still young and developing Parsons who could be better than Bosh in a couple years. Regardless the West is gonna be tough as always and it will be fun to see how far they go.

  3. antistratfordian - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    Just let Parsons go. He’s not worth that much.

  4. garypagetwo - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:49 PM

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    • 1historian - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:48 AM

      I’m SHOCKED

  5. Hard On For Harden - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:49 PM

    I would only match Parsons offer if Bosh signs for the max available without losing Beverly. Without Bosh, it isn’t worthy tying up Parsons to a max figure and reducing cap flexibility. Props to Morey in swinging for the fences though.

    • 8to80texansblog - Jul 10, 2014 at 10:08 AM

      I don’t understand how losing Beverley is on the table. He makes less than $1M a year and has the second lowest contract on the team. (There are several tied for the lowest).

      LeBron will make his decision today or tomorrow because he leaves for Rio on Saturday. Once he decides, the dominoes will start to fall. We have enough time.

  6. cantonb0und13 - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:49 PM

    Chandler Parsons and Patrick Beverley/Terrence Jones > Chris Bosh. Bosh fits nicely with Houston, but is he really worth $22M per year, for the next four-years? The Rockets should match Parsons offer; and start adding role players.

  7. campcouch - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    So basically Houston wants the whole pie.

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:03 PM

      everything’s bigger in texas

      • trickybastard - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:43 PM

        And fatter

  8. money2long - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    So happy this will speed up people’s decisions and free agency.

  9. djlexluger - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    How can tweets be dated July 10, 2014 if its only the 9th?

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:06 PM

      I don’t tweet so I’m speculating…

      but it IS July 10th in MANY places on the globe and has been for a while.

      It’s a few min’s past noon in Tokyo right now…

      or to put it another way, MORE than HALF of July 10th is ALREADY over for them…

  10. rrhoe - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    Why Houston wouldn’t just build around the two all-stars they already have is ridiculous,to gut your team for another max player that may or may not get them out the west is not too smart to me.

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:08 PM

      I’m with you there.

      I’d rather have two stars like them and build around them.

      The Heat’s three stars aren’t like they were in 2010 and it was their lack of depth that did them in.

      having 3 stars makes it difficult to have depth.

      • realfootballfan - Jul 10, 2014 at 12:09 AM

        That would be true, except Harden has shown he’s not a prime time performer, which is a pretty big problem.

      • blackhawks2013 - Jul 10, 2014 at 4:51 AM

        D Wade had a very subpar finals for him. That is what did the Heat in. The bench could not make up the difference. A healthy Wade and the bench becomes less significant.

    • justtoldya - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:39 AM

      I agree they should work with what they have, however parsons for 15 mil a yr is a bit too much. We still need money to build the pieces even with parsons, at 15 mil that’s close to paying for a big three like wade. Bosh, Lebron.

      • rrhoe - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:51 AM

        Houston could’ve/should’ve picked up his option,which was less than a mil by the way for the upcoming season,but instead wanted a max player that in my opinion they really don’t need. Houston has a very good young team,some minor tweeks and maybe a better coach and they should be fine.

  11. cmart0907 - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    I really don’t see the problem with Terrence Jones at a cheaper price. This young’n put together plenty of dbl dbls game this season if they kept up with Houston this year they’ll know. Only thing you’re paying for is Bosh playoff experience if you ask me.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:05 PM

      You’re paying for a 6’11.5″ All-Star that has a sweep jumper, shoots over 50 percent and can hit threes. How many guys like that are in the league right now?

      One.

      Bosh.

      • sdlakerfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:40 PM

        As usual, your stats are correct but misleading. Nowitski shot %49.7, shot more 3’s per game 4.1 vs 2.8, connected on %40 vs %34 on 3’s, averaged 21.7 pts vs 16.2 pts, and didn’t have the benefit of Lebron creating open looks for him which raised his shooting % over his Toronto days. Nowitski’s at least a “guy like that”.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 10, 2014 at 12:01 AM

        It’s not really misleading. Nowitzki missed the majority of his shots. Bosh made the majority of his shots. There’s a clear distinction there.

        But if you want to be charitable to Dirk and throw him a bone (even tho Bosh shot .514 percent over the last three years compared to Dirk’s .477 percent), then go ahead and toss him in there too. There’s still only two dudes and my point is the same i.e. Bosh brings a rare & coveted combination of height and skill.

      • sdlakerfan - Jul 10, 2014 at 12:27 AM

        Two of the last three yrs Dirk has had a higher true shooting %, higher WS, and higher PER. Charitable to include Dirk in Bosh’s offensive league as a shooter?…lol…don’t think so.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 10, 2014 at 12:31 AM

        Regardless of those numbers, fans saw Dirk miss more shots than he made this year. That wasn’t the case with Bosh. Sorry, pal.

      • fanofthegame79 - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:44 AM

        The biggest difference in point output between Nowitzki and Bosh is Dirk is the #1 option on the Mavs….Bosh is #3 for the Heat. Bosh is also younger than Dirk and a better defender, too.

      • justtoldya - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:41 AM

        Yeah I disagree with the original op, dirk is better then bosh, coming from a rocket fan. However there’s pretty much no chance dirk joins the rockets, while as of now it seems there is a bitook a chance to 50/50 chance of rockets landing bosh.

      • urodaddy07 - Jul 10, 2014 at 4:59 PM

        Anti, sometimes guys give you a hard time on this site just because you are anti. But are you really comparing Bosh as a shooter to Dirk Nowitzki?

      • antistratfordian - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:03 PM

        No I’m not comparing the two. I’m saying Dirk simply doesn’t meet the qualifications of this specific list. It wasn’t a “who are the best tall shooters in the league” list, it was a “6’11.5″ all-stars with sweet jumpers who shoot over 50% who can also nail threes” – and that just doesn’t describe Dirk Nowitzki in 2014. I don’t know what else to say. It can’t get any more clear than that. You either shoot 50% or you don’t and he doesn’t.

    • bdachan12 - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:27 PM

      Because defense kind of matters. Jones is a horrendous defender. Statically, he’s worse then Harden and Harden doesn’t even try. There’s a reason Aldridge scored 40+ the first two games of that series before they put Asik on him.

    • rohlo - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:02 AM

      jones isnt a true pf..he is a tweener sf/pf…. he gets eaten alive by bigger stretch 4’s like lamarcus aldridge!! that was houstons downfall versus portland in the playoffs…the pf position was too small!

  12. kingperk123 - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    Let Parsons walk sign bosh ASAP

  13. muathjam21 - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:03 PM

    At this point I just want someone, ANYONE, to freakin’ make a decision so the logjam can break.

  14. mazblast - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    Bosh in a picture wearing a 2014 Finals shirt? I didn’t know any existed, as invisible as he became.

  15. JHathwell - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    This article leaves out a critical point. Bosh is only coming to Houston if LeBron leaves Miami, so if that happens and Bosh is unwilling to take less than the max, what are his other options? Who else is going to shell out the max or even close to it? Hard to imagine he goes back to a Lebron-less Miami. Beyond that, his options are Phoenix, LAL and Dallas, if Houston matches for Parsons.

    Still seems like he’d be headed to Houston either way.

    • justtoldya - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:43 AM

      But if Houston matches parsons they don’t have the max to offer bosh.

  16. lakerade - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    I can see Bosh agreeing to take less, at least for Parsons and Beverley. Morey may pull it off but Cuban made sure it isn’t gonna be cheap.

  17. JHathwell - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    And honestly, I’d rather take Bosh and find a S & T for a replacement for Parsons (deng, ariza, etc) than overpay Parsons and keep Terrance Jones.

    • Hard On For Harden - Jul 10, 2014 at 12:42 AM

      Can’t trade Parsons until December if they matched the offer I believe.

      • rohlo - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:04 AM

        they can trade him,but just not to dallas since thye signed hi mto the offer sheet!

  18. kb2408 - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    With Bosh, Beard and D12 they can afford to lose Parsons. Sign a cheaper more defensive minded small forward. Offense is not their problem.

  19. realfootballfan - Jul 10, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    Better unload the choker then, lol. See if OKC wants him back.

  20. metalhead65 - Jul 10, 2014 at 12:51 AM

    even if he takes slightly less than a max deal it will still be better than taking a pay cut from the heat. what happened to everyone praising him for taking a cut to go to the heat in the first place and his reward is a cut? somehow I think he can live with slightly less than a max deal when it will still be more than the heat will offer him.

  21. crillbill - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:39 AM

    One point you say they could do it and then next sentence say they can’t. This is a terribly written article.

  22. justtoldya - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:45 AM

    Losing parsons won’t be so bad if rockets can pick up bosh and Marion.

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