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Report: Heat offer Chris Bosh full max contract to keep him from Rockets

Jul 11, 2014, 5:27 PM EDT

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LeBron James signing with the Cavaliers opened the door for Chris Bosh’s departure.

The Rockets are interested in the power forward, and their roster fits well around him. They’d immediately become one of the NBA’s strongest championship contenders.

But they can’t offer a max contract, at least not while keeping Dwight Howard, James Harden and Chandler Parsons. And if they want to keep any other players, including point guard Patrick Beverley, they’d have to further cut Bosh’s salary.

That gives Pat Riley ammunition to persuade Bosh to re-sign with the LeBron-less Heat.

David Aldridge of

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Bosh could make $118,705,300 over five years in Miami.

If the Rockets plan keep Howard, Harden and Parsons, they could pay Bosh just $83,088,781 over four years. Does he want to keep Beverley? Lower that offer to $76,284,211.

That’s a lot of money to give up – and getting that much is contingent on Houston dealing everyone else. Jeremy Lin is already gone, and the Omer Asik trade seems to be coming together. But Terrence Jones, Donatas Motiejunas and Isaiah Canaan also have guaranteed contracts. Moving those three might not be too hard, but it must be done or Bosh’s offer falls even further below Miami’s.

Of course, the Heat don’t offer just money. If Dwyane Wade rejects the Bulls and returns, they should make the playoffs. Without LeBron, they’ll also have cap room to upgrade the supporting cast beyond adding just Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger.

If Bosh is going to pick the Rockets – unless they’re willing to let Parsons join Dallas just to stay alive in the Bosh race – he must do so by Sunday. Because of all the moving pieces, maybe Houston set a sooner deadline, which would explain why Bosh is deciding today. Otherwise, I don’t see why he couldn’t take until Sunday.

  1. calkinsrob - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    lol nice pic there.

    • 4thquartermagic - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:35 PM

      Ha that’s Bosh yelling to Heat fans “SO NOW YOU LOVE ME?!”

      • handsomerob86 - Jul 11, 2014 at 6:00 PM

        I have to admit, if I was Bosh, I probably stay now… He ain’t worth the full max, but neither was Joe Johnson. Sometimes as a nonpremium market you got to overpay to keep a star. Welcome back Heat, you don’t got Lebron no more!

    • thesportsjudge - Jul 11, 2014 at 8:03 PM

      That is his “guarantee a win” pic.

  2. loubearkane - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    Hope Bosh mans up & stays

    • 4thquartermagic - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:37 PM

      Since when is choosing the money (full max offer from Heat) over winning (Houston) considered “manning up?

      Cleveland fans sure didn’t think that same decision was “manning up” four years ago.

  3. yesser12 - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    That is a lot of money. Bosh probably stays since he doesn’t have the endorsements and much else after basketball in terms of being a salesman.

  4. ProBasketballPundit - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    The desperate capitulation of a spurned lover. Please baby, I’ll change. I’ll pay for ALL our dates from now on… you’re safe here. Don’t go pleeeaaase!

  5. mackcarrington - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    He sacrificed money to got to Miami. He got his rings. Now he might as well get paid.

  6. mnsadsportsfan - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    Let the desperation begin.. haha I am gonna live watching the heat struggle to make the playoffs!

    • kinggw - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:51 PM

      They wont have to struggle that hard, Bosh is coming back.

  7. jvw1982 - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    wow big money to keep Bosh, plus no state income tax….Bosh ain’t going anywhere…..Heat can pay Wade and then pick up Lance Stephenson to go with McRoberts, Granger and Shabaz …..

  8. getlow81 - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    Annnnd…he’s stayin’ for the max

  9. boltsup - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    He should stay… Don’t follow the trend

    Laker fan

  10. lalifer - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    Bottom line bosh needs to get paid. I am with mack on that one. And like yesser said, no one’s kicking down his door for endorsements. If bosh stays, it’s more than likely Wade will too. And now they should be able to pick up Stephenson and Pau. Miami wouldn’t exactly be struggling to make it in the east with a crew like that. Still, am no Miami fan. Just saying.

  11. mt10425 - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    CB should jump the leaking Miami lukewarm ship.

  12. lakerade - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    That’s a TON of money. Win-win for Bosh now, be loyal-ish and get paid, or join the go-home train to contend.

    I want him to take the money and stay because that would keep some talent in the East and because it would make Mitch’s poaching of a draft pick from Morey that much better already!

    • handsomerob86 - Jul 11, 2014 at 6:02 PM

      If I was the Rockets I would be mad about this after I traded a pick to get rid of a decent piece in Lin. Wow.

      Loul Deng, Daryl Moreys on line 1.

  13. cruzan80 - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    Just…wow. This is beyond desperate.

  14. thetooloftools - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    Done deal. Bosh Loves Miami and he would be crazy to walk on that kind of $$$$ to go to Houston who will never win anything with the heartless Howard the coward there. This is a case closed deal for the Heat.

  15. Mr. Wright 212 - Jul 11, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    Heat “fans” nervous AF. He ain’t Melo, so thinking “oh, he won’t leave all that money on the table” doesn’t work here. The Knicks have upside and tons of cap space coming next year. Miami has CC Wade and a bunch of has-beens and never-weres. You HOPE Bosh is coming back, but doubtful that he does now that LeBron is gone.

    I see a repeat of 2007-2008 on the horizon for Miami. Get ready.

    Most importantly, I’ll love listening to that officious jerk P.A. announcer TURN DOWN after all that annoying screaming over the past 4 years.

    • soflasfinest - Jul 11, 2014 at 6:14 PM

      What were you saying Mr. Wrong?

  16. Uncle Charlie - Jul 11, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    That would be money well spent.

  17. antistratfordian - Jul 11, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    This makes me happy. Thank you, Bosh.

  18. mt10425 - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    Love the money grab. Got his coattail rings. Show up on game days into the śunset.

  19. worldbfree4me - Jul 11, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    The San Antonio Spurs win their 6th Championship! No competition at this point!

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