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Chris Bosh makes it official, signs five-year, $118 million deal with Miami

Jul 30, 2014, 10:30 PM EST

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Chris Bosh is now the main man for the Miami Heat.

Dwyane Wade will remain the face of the franchise but his knees have him playing much older than he is, and that’s not getting better. Luol Deng will provide some points, but the offense is going to run through Chris Bosh.

Which is why he signed an oversized five-year, $118 million contract with the Heat on Wednesday (the deal was agreed to earlier in the month). The Heat announced the signing.

“Chris Bosh is a two-time NBA champion and one of the skill set makes versatile big men in the league,” Heat president Pat Riley said in a statement. “His unique skill set makes him one of the best players in the game today. I’ve always felt he was committed to this organization, this staff and this city. I think he’s going to have the opportunity of a lifetime leading this team next season and having the nine-time NBA All-Star back in the fold was a big key for us. We are very blessed to have him.”

That’s a lot of bank for Bosh, but it was part of Miami’s face saving moves in the wake of LeBron James choosing to go home.

Miami will be an interesting team next season. Bosh will surprise some people who don’t remember him from Toronto and don’t realize how much he subjugated his game to accommodate LeBron. With Deng, Josh McRoberts and some of the same players back the Heat can continue to use that space-and-pace style of play that has taken them to four straight NBA Finals. They will be a pretty good regular season team, one that will put up points and play fast.

The East likely shakes out with Chicago and Cleveland one and two in some order, then after that things get wide open — Washington, Toronto, Miami, Atlanta and Brooklyn could finish in any order from three through seven, with teams like Charlotte and New York also in the mix for playoffs spots. The East isn’t as deep with quality as the West, but it’s going to be a lot more interesting this season.

  1. seasickcecil - Jul 30, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    118 million? For Bosh? That grease must finally be rotting Rileys brain.

    • bhunter1995 - Jul 31, 2014 at 2:26 AM

      This was a gamble on Riley’s part, but it’s a necessary one to try and maintain a decent level of success. It’s crazy how quickly people forget how good CB was back in Toronto. He was considered a top three power forward back in Toronto with numbers that hovered around 21-22 PPG and 11-12 RPG. What we don’t know is if he still has 20-10 in him, and I actually think that he does. By the way I’m a Laker fan so spare the Heat homer argument, I just realize that Bosh played third fiddle for years, you can get your stats as a second option but third options get heavily reduced stats, look at Harden, 16.6 PPG on OKC, then he goes to H town and starts dropping 25 a game. Don’t spit in the face of history, Bosh will get 20 a game easily and now that he can play closer to the rim on offense you will see his rebounding numbers improve by a few boards at the least.

      • soopreme - Jul 31, 2014 at 7:58 AM

        It’s amazing to me how people look at the game from only one end of the court.

      • rrhoe - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:20 AM

        I don’t buy the third fiddle mentality,I’m sorry,and he sure didn’t push to be anything more than that even though the opportunities were there to elevate his game with Wades knee issues. I also don’t buy into the “sacrificing his game” crap either because I watched him in Toronto,he was soft them too. People are so quick to spout numbers,stats,and PER’s on this site but sometimes the numbers don’t tell whe whole story. As for Harden,he came off the bench for OKC………

    • cantonbound13 - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:07 AM

      A max contract for a 6’11 softy that just hangs out at the 3 point line? A max contact for a guy in his 30s that didn’t score a single point in game 7 of the Finals 2 years ago? Riley is desperate & losing it.

      • duhwighthoward - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:14 PM

        point well made.

        A lot of the contracts signed this offseason don’t seem to reflect how good each player actually is relative to another.

      • bhunter1995 - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:30 PM

        He only played that way with the Heat because they wanted him to space the floor for Lebron and Wade. Now that he is the focal point of the Heat offense you will see him in the low post a lot more often.

      • cantonbound13 - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:38 PM

        Keep telling yourself that.

  2. jorgegnz787 - Jul 30, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    The most overpaid athlete in any sport at the moment.

    • kinggw - Jul 30, 2014 at 11:06 PM

      He’s not even the most overpaid in this sport. Joe Johnson, Kobe Bryant…I could go on.

      • urodaddy07 - Jul 31, 2014 at 1:09 AM

        That’s a little harsh on Kobe. I reckon Kobe will give you more than Bosh even after the injury

      • zoomy123 - Jul 31, 2014 at 1:11 AM

        You forgot Amar’e, lol.

      • money2long - Jul 31, 2014 at 1:33 PM

        Hahahaha
        You think Kobe is more overpaid than bosh?

        Oh my goodness. I can’t wait for the season to start.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 31, 2014 at 2:59 PM

        money

        just a gentlemen’s bet with you. let’s check in during the season

        i think Bosh will provide more for the Heat than Kobe does for the Lakers this season.

    • jtbsteeler - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:15 PM

      Amare will be making chicken nuggets next year.

    • bobbybouche305 - Jul 31, 2014 at 7:52 PM

      Article on Kobe????25 mill for a ball hog, old,broken down player?????get real man…

  3. philyeagles5 - Jul 30, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    He may be overpaid, but it was the only way he would stay.

    • cantonbound13 - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:13 AM

      But isn’t Riley supposed to be a recruiting genius? Having to pay Bosh max money, overpaying a washed up Wade & Haslem. Only getting Granger, McRoberts & an injury riddled Deng in free agency? Not very impressive.

      • bobbybouche305 - Jul 31, 2014 at 7:54 PM

        Yeah 5 Finals in 9 years not that impressive huh?????I guess u like angry letters in crayonhe owner by to be impressed?????

  4. antistratfordian - Jul 30, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    The Heat had to overpay for Bosh or else he’d be in Houston right now – and losing LeBron AND Bosh would’ve been completely devastating. Any one of us probably would have done the same thing if we were in Riley’s situation.

    • chiadam - Jul 30, 2014 at 11:01 PM

      So now they can lose in the first or second round of the playoffs for the next decade. Exciting.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 30, 2014 at 11:08 PM

        What other choice did Riley have?

      • rexgrossman8 - Jul 30, 2014 at 11:17 PM

        If they make the playoffs. Bosh is not an HOFer or a number 1. Last time a team with Bosh made the playoffs pre-Lebron was when Vince Carter was in Toronto, Bosh’s rookie year. If Granger’s is healthy and Deng plays the way he did when Rose went down last year, the Heat will make the playoffs. Bosh will settle in a support role. Like Chandler Parsons but different.

      • muhangis - Jul 30, 2014 at 11:54 PM

        Rex Grossman, could you spout any more of erroneous facts on here? Cause YOU ARE PLAIN WRONG!

        If you are going to write plain wrong facts, then go somewhere else with your straight idiot bu!!$h!t!

        #1. Toronto did not go to the playoffs in Bosh’s rookie year!
        #2. In Bosh’s 4th yr in Toronto, they made the playoffs (with a 47-35 record)
        #3. Toronto made the playoffs year after that, in Bosh’s 5th year!

        THAT IS 2 PLAYOFF APPEARANCES YOU DUMMY, NOT INCLUDING HIS ROOKIE YEAR!

        [They were on their way into the playoffs in CB’s final year in Toronto as well, until he got seriously injured the last 12 games]

        ….A

      • muhangis - Jul 30, 2014 at 11:56 PM

        Rex Grossman, could you spout any more of flat erroneous facts on here?!? Cause YOU ARE PLAIN WRONG!

        If you are going to write plain wrong facts, then go somewhere else with your straight idiot bu!!$h!t!

        #1. Toronto did not go to the playoffs in Bosh’s rookie year!
        #2. In Bosh’s 4th yr in Toronto, they made the playoffs (with a 47-35 record)
        #3. Toronto made the playoffs year after that, in Bosh’s 5th year!

        THAT IS 2 PLAYOFF APPEARANCES YOU DUMMY, NOT INCLUDING HIS ROOKIE YEAR!

        [They were on their way into the playoffs in CB’s final year in Toronto as well, until he got seriously injured the last 12 games]

        ….And comparing Chris Bosh to Chandler Parsons is also flat out stupid! Shows how little you know, Rex. You suck at football, and you suck worse at giving information!

    • muhangis - Jul 30, 2014 at 11:31 PM

      No I would’ve just tear down the team (the sooner the better) and start from afresh… rebuild

      Trade your remaining stars or players of worth for high draft picks. Miami STILL has an old aging team, Wade’s legs are shot out, on top they have no bench whatsoever!

      .. There is ZERO WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY on a championship …. so what’s the point of sticking at the middle of the road *at best* for the next few years?

      If you think this team has championship aspirations with this squad, you are dreaming!

      • muhangis - Jul 30, 2014 at 11:32 PM

        I expect most folks here to disagree with me… but that’s just what I would’ve done.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:15 AM

        Riley is planning for a big 2016 FA splash. He’ll only have Bosh and one other player under contract at that time and he’ll be looking to throw big money at big names. In the interim he’s planning to field a competitive playoff team. Seems like a good idea to me.

        Aside from 3 or 4 teams, every team is dreaming when it comes to championship aspirations. That doesn’t mean that everyone should tear everything down and start from scratch – there are other ways to go about building a powerful contender.

      • muhangis - Aug 1, 2014 at 12:32 AM

        anti, yeah however look how old Bosh and Wade will be in the 2016 season. Bosh will turn 31 in March of this coming year, so forward that to ’16 he’ll be 33 years old. And Wade will be 35. (Just look at Wade’s condition now – imagine him in 2 more years.) And Luol Deng 32.

        Therefore, what big time free agent would want to joint that old aging squad of washed out stars by that time.. ?

    • duhwighthoward - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:21 PM

      I wouldn’t have signed an underperformer to a max contract. Offer him a contract more relative to his worth. That way when a star does come along, you can sign him or trade for him.

      Now the Heat are stuck.

      If the Rockets wanted to sign him to a max deal, then let that be their folly. A lineup of Duhwight Howard, James Harden, and Chris Bosh will make the playoffs every year, but is certainly not a lock to make the Finals.

      Again, you have demonstrated not only a lack of basketball knowledge, but common sense in general. Congratulations on being consistent.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:26 PM

        You’re not thinking about the issue from Pat Riley’s perspective. You are not putting yourself in his shoes and viewing the situation through his eyes – considering everything that he’s seen, heard, said and experienced over the last 4 years – and particularly what Arison has been saying to him. Also the commitments he’s made to Wade. Not to mention what he told the guys he recruited (he told McBob and Granger that the Big 3 were coming back).

        So it’s obviously easy for any fan to say, “just him walk! he’s overrated! tear it down and start rebuilding already!” – but that’s simplistic and naive.

        And you seem to be unaware of Riley’s long term plan – he’s targeting free agency 2016. He’ll have plenty of cap space then with only Bosh and McRoberts under contract.

  5. charlescub80 - Jul 30, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    Good luck with that……….

  6. rrhoe - Jul 30, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    This will be one of the worst contracts in history and I am quite sure LeBron would’ve loved to have seen some of this ” unique skill set that makes him one of the best players in the game today” alot more often.

  7. campcouch - Jul 30, 2014 at 11:10 PM

    If Bosh can improve on or play at his 4 year ago Toronto self, then he’ll be worth it, but if that dude is dropping 16 and 6 still, Riley should retire.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:33 AM

      I’m thinking 20/8, conservatively.

  8. kingbeason52 - Jul 30, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    “The East likely shakes out with Chicago and Cleveland one and two in some order, then after that things get wide open — Washington, Toronto, Miami, Atlanta and Brooklyn could finish in any order from three through seven, with teams like Charlotte and New York also in the mix for playoffs spots. The East isn’t as deep with quality as the West, but it’s going to be a lot more interesting this season.”

    So you think Indiana does not make the playoffs next season?

    • fraudguy - Jul 30, 2014 at 11:13 PM

      Beat me to it.

    • muhangis - Jul 30, 2014 at 11:32 PM

      No, they don’t. But good point

    • rodyaugu - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:34 AM

      What about the pacers?

  9. fraudguy - Jul 30, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    “Chicago and Cleveland one and two in some order, then after that things get wide open — Washington, Toronto, Miami, Atlanta and Brooklyn could finish in any order from three through seven, with teams like Charlotte and New York also in the mix for playoffs spots.”

    Isn’t there a team in Indiana?

    • muhangis - Jul 30, 2014 at 11:34 PM

      Yes there is, obviously, but they will suck next year. They’ll finish just outside of the playoffs. Besides Paul George, who do they really have?

      … an aging David West and severely inconsistent Hibbert is not enough, not anymore atleast.

      • rodyaugu - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:35 AM

        They’ll still have defense, and a good coach. They’ll will be top 4 in the east.

      • bball242322 - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:56 AM

        Yeah Kurt Helin messed that up. I see a 100% chance that the Pacers at least make the playoffs. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Pacers pulled the #3 seed. Especially considering Pacers were up and coming 3 years ago when Lance hardly even touched the floor. Now they are playoff tested, experienced, gone through extreme scrutiny and adversity, dumped their chemistry problem, and now they can go back to good solid TEAM Indiana ball

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:01 PM

        The Pacers did get worse this off season.

        They will still be better than the Knicks though so including the Knicks over the Pacers for the final spot or two in the East isn’t correct.

  10. seasickcecil - Jul 30, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    @ESPNSteinLine: ESPN sources say Wolves currently only in talks w/Cavs on Love deal; Bulls essentially moving on and GSW still not giving up Klay Thompson

  11. rodge1 - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:26 AM

    @jorgegnz787

    Kobe is

  12. kavika6 - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:30 AM

    The Spurs showed the world how to make Bosh a non-factor. I was impressed however how humble he was after the 2014 Finals thrashing and the credit he gave to the Spurs. “Best basketball I’ve ever seen.”

    • antistratfordian - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:35 AM

      It’s a lot easier to be humble and composed when you’ve just won 2 rings in a row. Bosh was crying like a baby in 2011 after the Mavs series.

  13. worldbfree4me - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:38 AM

    Bosh is worth whatever they were willing to pay him period! LeBron had to leave because he was hated by everyone in Cleveland for leaving, Paperboy included. But that is all water under the bridge now. Bron is a Cav and Bosh is the new leader of the HEAT. Vegas will be very happy to take any bet on who will meet the #Spurs in the Finals and my money is on the #Spurs taking it all.

  14. losntina69 - Jul 31, 2014 at 6:03 AM

    Unique skill set? I guess there aren’t many guys that can’t rebound or defend anybody bigger then a small forward. Unique is a good word lol.

  15. ravenswhat - Jul 31, 2014 at 7:28 AM

    lol at running an offense through Bosh. He’s a guy who just wants to fire 3’s all night.

  16. profantasyplyr - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    For those of you basketball minds out there commenting on how he hangs out on the 3 pt line. You don’t think that had anything to do with LBJ do you? Like maybe clearing space??

    What a bunch of bozos..

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