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Report: Chris Bosh re-signing with Heat over joining Rockets

Jul 11, 2014, 5:55 PM EDT

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After losing LeBron James to the Cavaliers, Pat Riley quickly undertook a plan to ensure he didn’t lose his entire big three.

1. Offer Chris Bosh a max contract. (Check)

2. Convince Bosh to stay with the Heat.

3. Convince Dwyane Wade to re-sign, too.

Now Riley can check off step 2 as well and move onto step three.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Bosh’s exact max is $118,705,300. I bet he gets every penny.

But with Bosh, Wade and plenty of cap room to upgrade the supporting cast, Miami should be a playoff team next season. As long as Riley doesn’t lowball Wade, the Heat are in good shape.The Heat face competition from Chicago, but I can’t see them losing Wade now. Obviously, though, how much they’re willing to pay Wade will play a huge factor.

The Rockets, who’ve already traded Jeremy Lin to the Lakers and agreed to trade Omer Asik to the Pelicans (a deal will actually might happen), will still have cap room to pursue free agents until they must match Chandler Parsons’ offer sheet Sunday. Or they’ll have plenty of cap room beyond Sunday if they let Parsons go to Dallas.

Either way, Houston isn’t done yet. Bosh isn’t coming, and Carmelo Anthony is reportedly deciding between the Knicks and Bulls, so the top targets are off the market. But the Rockets could still push for other free agents like Luol Deng and Trevor Ariza or even restricted free agents like Eric Bledsoe and Greg Monroe.

Still, I wonder, does Daryl Morey regret using a first rounder to dump Lin when it didn’t even result in Bosh?

  1. realfootballfan - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:02 PM

    So all you people who were ripping him and saying the Heat were holding him back will now see how a team looks with him as the lead dog. He’s wise imo to not go to Houston because everything there is tentative from the coach and GM to Howard being there past next year when he can opt out, and he’d be more likely wanting to come back to FL than anything. However, for right now, the Heat are not a championship level team anymore. They’ll have to swipe another star next summer to get back to that.

    • realfootballfan - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:17 PM

      Hey, I din’t say I was one of them. I just heard that so often over the last week and a half about how Bosch has sacrificed so much to be there. Well, we’ll find out how much he’s been “held back” in the next couple of years. Frankly, I think it was an absurd notion because as Wade faded, I’m sure the team would have appreciated him picking up the scoring slack.

    • kclanton80 - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:01 AM

      and why is dwight likely to want to come back to Florida?

  2. chiadam - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    We already saw a team built around Bosh. They were the Raptors, and they stunk. Riley should have let the team crater and try to rebuild. Now, they’re locked into being average for at best.

    • ddarqwon - Jul 12, 2014 at 2:57 PM

      I agree, and the kicker is he could have gotten some nice young talent and cap flexibility by doing sign and trade deals with Houston, Cleveland, and Chicago.

      Dion Waiters
      Omer Asik (expiring)
      Jeremy Lin (expiring)
      Boozer (expiring)
      Terrence Jones
      Jimmy Butler
      …are some of the young talent/assets that could have potentially been available to Miami through S&T.
      Nothing mind-blowing, but some nice pieces to begin a rebuild.

      Now it seems they may be stuck on that dreaded treadmill of mediocrity, especially if Wade continues his sharp decline.

  3. realfootballfan - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    Also, Steven A. Smith who did have the James to Miami story right 4 years ago said that Bosch wanting to stay was kind of a problem, too. Apparently, had he taken that max contract, freeing up the cap space or the Heat just flat out given him the cold shoulder, apparently that might have swayed him to the Heat. In any event, it’s over now, so everyone’s going to have to live with their decisions.

  4. realfootballfan - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    Now, does Riley go after Rhondo in the interim to go with Bosch and Wade? He also has more money to play with for more role players. The only problem for him as he puts this together is Bosch as a lead dog. We’ll see how much he’s learned as we’ll see how much LeBron has learned from being in a championship environment over the past 4 years because when they both got there, they didn’t have a clue on how difficult winning them was.

  5. dolphins4 - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    I hope the Heat build a championship team like the Spurs are and not a one man show. This is great news that Bosh has re signed with the Heat.

    • thegloriousone - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:28 AM

      Kudos to Bosh for staying.

      The Heat cannot build a Spurs-like team. They don’t have one player as good as the top four players on the Spurs, and they don’t have anything close to Greg Popovich at coach.

      Spoelstra will not have a job in three years. Just ask Mike Brown how good LeBron James can make a below average coach look.

  6. philyeagles5 - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    I can’t imagine wade playing for anyone but Miami. Him and Haslem will never leave.

    • kclanton80 - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:04 AM

      never say never. The market for those two isn’t very strong but if they got offered enough money, either of them would leave. It’s also easy to stay with your team when you had lebron come play with you. lets see if they would have stayed without bron and bosh joining the team.

  7. elcapitan1019 - Jul 11, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    So, Morey the Genius ends up trading away his two best reserves, Asik and Lin, for one #1 draft pick, and he has to send one to the Lakers to dump Lin. If I was the owner of the Rockets, I’d be ticked off at such a foolish GM, thinking he had a shot at either Melo or Bosh. Now, his choice is to match Dallas for Parsons or let him go so he could afford to go after other FAs who, no doubt will listen but ultimately take deals with other teams.

    • daddyghi - Jul 12, 2014 at 12:46 AM

      yeah.. he was a genius last year when he snagged howard.. now he’s in the brink of loosing his job!

  8. 5xchamp24 - Jul 11, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    Way way way way way way way way way too much money for Bosh

  9. 00maltliquor - Jul 11, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    Well, MIA just GROSSLY overpaid for Bosh. Now it’s time to see if he’s actually a decent player having to be The Man with James gone and the (if he comes back) ghost of Wade. I wonder if Granger is a lil’ upset he jumped the gun on signing with MIA, I know he wanted to be on a contender.

  10. sportsfan18 - Jul 11, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    Bosh has already earned over $123 million.

    Add the $118 million and he’s at $241 million and change, maybe or $242 with the “change”.

    I’d take his “change”…

  11. elcapitan1019 - Jul 11, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    The irony of it all, the tale of a GM who thought he was smarter than everyone else. He signs Asik and Lin to backloaded contracts to prevent matching; he signs Dwight and then taunts Mark Cuban. But how things have turned around. To get Melo or Bosh, he trades Asik for a #1 pick, then he gives the Lakers a #1 pick and other draft considerations (probably a #2) to dump Lin, and he faces a decision on Parsons’ offer sheet courtesy of Cuban, which at best will cap strap him moving forward. He ends up getting rid of two valuable bench players for NOTHING, and if he matches on Parsons, he’ll have no bench. You’re not as smart as you think you are, Mr. Morey.

    • psubeerman21 - Jul 12, 2014 at 1:20 PM

      If he does match the parsons deal, they will have roughly 10-13 million in cap room next year, which wouldn’t be enough to get a Love or Aldridge. The year after, when Durant could be available, they will be in the same position. I wonder if he will even bother matching. Parsons is valuable, but not at the expense of potentially getting a top free agent in the next few years.

    • ddarqwon - Jul 12, 2014 at 3:05 PM

      Okay, we get it. You have a hard on for Daryl Morey.
      No need to keep repeating your one-sided rhetoric.

  12. genericcommenter - Jul 11, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    Rank Player HoF Prob
    1. Kobe Bryant 1.0000
    2. Tim Duncan 1.0000
    3. LeBron James 0.9997
    4. Dwyane Wade 0.9994
    5. Kevin Garnett 0.9987
    6. Dirk Nowitzki 0.9918
    7. Paul Pierce 0.9779
    8. Chris Bosh 0.9622

    The way people talk about Bosh, you would think he was a bum and not the sure HOFer that he is.

  13. nightrain42 - Jul 12, 2014 at 2:29 AM

    Look, Bosh was a legitimate first option with Toronto. He changed his game to fit into the Heat. Now..he will be the man. No more hanging out in the perimeter, he will go back to being a back to the basket guy.

    • kclanton80 - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:09 AM

      no… no he won’t. He was never a back to the basket guy. The heat needed that desperately and bosh couldn’t do it. Don’t tell me its because of their system or they asked him to sacrifice. Bosh is not a post player and never has been. He used to attack the basket a bit more, but not from the post. Most players attack less as they age and bosh has been no different. Don’t expect some new and improved chris bosh next year. In fact, he is going to have a much harder time without lebron getting him wide open shots.

  14. elcapitan1019 - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    Conversation between Parsons and Morey:

    Morey: Well, Chandler, we are going to match your offer sheet. I’m not going to let you go to that $#@! Cuban.

    Parsons: No problem, Mr. Morey. No hard feeling, OK? Hey, it’s not personal. It’s just a number.

  15. foz0606 - Jul 12, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    This is a case where both the Heat and Rockets come out as losers. Riley, predictably, proved what a trash GM he is with this move. He panicked after LeBron left and gave Bosh this deal(hilarious too how Bosh has been disrespected this whole process and still goes back) to salvage something. Instead of thinking long term and how to become a contender again, Heat have locked themselves into 1st/2nd round exits the next few years. Whatever Heat fans remain may be celebrating this move as to how “loyal” Bosh is, but in 2-3 years when the honeymoon period is over and see the Heat are nothing more than playoff fodder, you’ll be hoping he had gone off to Houston so the Heat could of gotten a head start on rebuilding.

    As for Rockets? Obviously their plan is blown up. Bosh would of fit in seamlessly into their starting lineup and become contenders. He must of given a strong indication he was going to sign, hence the Lin trade. Then Riley in desperation mode offers the full max. I applaud players who take the money. If that’s what you want instead of competing, more power to ya(and in Bosh’s case, he’s got rings already). His last time to truly cash in. But when a player does take the money over a chance to compete, I don’t wanna hear anything later on about how frustrated he is with losing. You had your chance and didn’t take it. Now live with your choice. Can’t always have it both ways.

  16. rodyaugu - Jul 11, 2014 at 6:43 PM

    *Likelihood

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