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Chris Bosh was shocked by LeBron James’ decision to leave Heat

Chris Bosh tongueIf you were shocked by LeBron James’ announcement that he is leaving the Miami Heat to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, you are not alone. Even LeBron’s ex-teammates were surprised.

Chris Bosh, who also opted out of his contract with the Heat following the season, has been abroad traveling with his family in recent weeks. Rather than the Heat’s Big Three working together to plan the team’s future, LeBron had been working independently of Bosh and Dwyane Wade, who share the same agent. We now know that’s because LeBron was plotting to leave the team.

Upon learning of LeBron’s decision, Bosh said there was a “shock factor.”

Bosh makes out quite well in this whole situation. Rather than taking a pay cut to stay with the Heat, Bosh is going to sign a maximum contract worth $119 million over five seasons. He loves Miami and wanted to stay there with his family, so I’ll bet he never imagined he’d be getting this kind of max money while being able to remain in the city he loves. He also gets a chance to be a team leader again.

Bosh will be the top player on the Heat team, which will still have a competitive core. In addition to Bosh, the team agreed to deals with Luol Deng and Josh McRoberts. They likely are bringing back Chris Andersen and Mario Chalmers as well. They are probably going to sign Dwyane Wade, too.

LeBron’s departure shocked Bosh, but few will benefit from the move as much as he will. Now he gets to be a star again and remind people what he can do.

Chris Bosh staying with Heat on five-year, $118 million deal

Chris-Bosh-Thunder-fans-normalIn a somewhat unexpected turn of events, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports is reporting that Chris Bosh has agreed to remain with the Miami Heat on a five-year, $118 million contract.

It was widely assumed that Bosh would sign with the Houston Rockets after LeBron James announced he was returning to Cleveland. The Rockets had already offered Bosh a max contract and clearly have a more talented roster than the Heat now that LeBron has moved on. However, the Heat stepped in almost immediately after the LeBron’s announcement on Friday and made Bosh an aggressive offer.

The Rockets could offer Bosh no more than four years and $88 million, so he’s better off taking the deal with Miami for financial reasons. As a bonus, Bosh will also now be the star of the show. Dwyane Wade is aging and he would have been the third biggest star in Houston behind Dwight Howard and James Harden.

Bosh has already won two championships with the Heat, and it’s not like he will ever be compared to someone like Tim Duncan. He has said in the past that he loves Miami, and who wouldn’t love it for five years and $118 million? He’s not chasing rings.

Woj also reported that the Heat are now pushing hard to complete a deal with Dwayne Wade, who has been garnering some interest from the Chicago Bulls.

As for what the Rockets will do, we’re guessing they will now turn their efforts toward Carmelo Anthony. Houston has already agreed to trade Jeremy Lin to the Los Angeles Lakers to clear cap space, so they have money to spend. It may be too late to land Carmelo, however, who is reportedly deciding between the New York Knicks and Bulls.

Chris Bosh reportedly considering max offer from Rockets

Chris-Bosh-Thunder-fans-normalMost of us assume that LeBron James will be the first big domino to fall in free agency, but that may not be true if the market for Chris Bosh continues to sizzle. In order to return to the Miami Heat, Bosh is obviously going to have to take less than a max contract. According to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, he would also have to pass on a maximum contract offer from a very good team.

Bosh has reportedly been offered a max contract of four years and $88 million from the Houston Rockets. Broussard also notes that Bosh is warming to the idea of signing with Houston after speaking with LeBron over the weekend.

A previous report indicated that Bosh would prefer to sign max contract with a new team over taking a discount to remain with the Heat. Given all the insane rumors we have heard about LeBron potentially returning to Cleveland, maybe Bosh is starting to lean toward moving on from Miami.

Bosh already has two rings. He’s not trying to stockpile rings like LeBron, Kobe Bryant or Tim Duncan, because he knows he is never going to be considered one of the best NBA players of all time. With that in mind, why wouldn’t he want to get paid? It’s not like he’s considering a max offer from a terrible team. The Rockets are a legitimate NBA Finals contender.

While Bosh will likely wait until he is sure of LeBron’s future to make a final decision, he could actually push James out of Miami if he signs with the Rockets first. It would be tough for Pat Riley to convince LeBron he is going to improve the Heat if Bosh leaves. If the Heat subtract instead of adding, LeBron is more likely to skip town.

Chris Bosh throwing a kink in Pat Riley’s plan?

Chris-Bosh-Thunder-fans-normalWhile the world continues to obsess over the possibility of LeBron James creating a new soap opera and leaving the Miami Heat, most people assume that Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh are not going anywhere. While that is likely true for D-Wade, who opted out of the two years and $42 million remaining on his contract, Bosh’s situation may not be so simple.

According to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com, Bosh’s future may represent the “tipping point” in Pat Riley’s overall plan. With several teams like the Rockets, Bulls, Mavericks, Lakers and Cavaliers working to clear the cap space needed to sign LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony, a max contract market may be emerging for Bosh. The Heat would not be able to afford giving LeBron and Bosh max contracts.

When LeBron and Carmelo make their decisions, several other teams could have a surplus of cap space from their failed attempt to lure one of the two big prizes. Berger reports that there is a growing belief Bosh would prefer a four-year max contract from a new team over taking a discount to return to Miami.

While we still believe LeBron will ultimately remain with the Heat, there is a reason we have heard so many reports about his agent meeting with teams. James is trying to pressure Riley to improve the roster around him. That would be incredibly difficult to do if Bosh decides to leave. LeBron may even start meeting with teams himself next week if Riley is unable to make some moves before then.

Again, LeBron returning to Miami is still the most likely scenario. That said, it sounds like Bosh’s situation could complicate matters for Riley.

Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Udonis Haslem opt out of contracts

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It looks like the Miami Heat players will be staying together for another run at an NBA title. Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Udonis Haslem all reportedly opted out of their contracts Saturday. The expectation is that all three will sign longer-term deals for less money annually, thereby allowing the Heat to bring in more talent.

News of Wade opting out was reported by Tim Reynolds of the AP. Wade was due $42 million over the next two years. Opting out should allow him to sign a new contract for more guaranteed money even if it will be for less of an amount per year.

I wouldn’t even want Wade on the team taking up valuable cap space based on the way he played in the playoffs. Then again, I said the same thing about Manu Ginobili last year, and then he turned around and played great in 2014. I just think his injuries have taken away some of his greatest talents.

Bosh reportedly is seeking a 5-year deal for around $15 million annually after opting out of his contract.

Heat veteran Udonis Haslem also opted out of his contract, Ethan J. Skolnick reported Saturday. He had a player option for $4.6 million next season.

LeBron James has already opted out of his contract and will likely sign for less money so the team can bring in more talent.

Now Pat Riley needs to make good use of the extra money by going out and getting some talent to help LeBron.

LeBron James, Chris Bosh downplay Carmelo Anthony to Heat talk

Carmelo Anthony LeBron JamesLeBron James and Chris Bosh downplayed all the talk about Carmelo Anthony leaving the Knicks for the Heat to turn the Big 3 into the Big 4 in Miami this offseason.

Both players were asked about the scenario prior to Game 4 of the NBA Finals Thursday. Bosh handicapped the scenario and did not give a very positive outlook.

“It’s very, very unlikely,” Bosh said to The Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson, according to ESPN’s Michael Wallace.

LeBron opted for the head buried in sand routine.

“Obviously Melo has his own decision to make,” James said per the Sun Sentinel’s Ira Winderman. “Obviously it hasn’t crossed my mind at this point of the season.”

I have no doubt that LeBron is much more focused on the NBA Finals than the Heat’s offseason plans. And maybe he’s not even thinking about ‘Melo right now. I can buy that. But don’t tell me they haven’t talked about it in the past. Maybe LeBron just doesn’t want to feed the rumor, which is probably the more likely scenario.

As I said before, I could easily see LeBron and Bosh being unselfish enough to go along with this wild plan. My questions are whether Dwyane Wade and, more importantly, Carmelo, would go along with it. It certainly would make the Heat a heck of a team if they could land Anthony, and I certainly think the possibility is realistic.

Tim Duncan, Chris Bosh ‘Jurassic Park’ memes are absolute gold

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What do you get when you combine Tim Duncan’s “did I do that?” face with the fact that Chris Bosh looks like a reptile? The greatest “Jurassic Park” memes you will ever see.

Our friend Nick Pants was at it again before Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night. In addition to the hilarious photo you see above, he may have outdone himself with this gem.

We have no words to add. Absolute solid gold.