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In LeBron James' hands lies Chris Bosh's fate.
That's true for everyone on the Miami Heat, really. LeBron himself could orchestrate the departure of Dwyane Wade if he wanted to. He means that much to Miami.
Next season is especially important for Bosh, though. Either the Heat win another title and the free ride continues, or they lose, and the honeymoon's over whether LeBron leaves or not.
Bosh has already come under fire for just about everything other than his epic photobombs. Most recently his poor playoff performance (career-low 12.1 points) was the subject of our displeasure. Then the Heat won a second straight championship, and all was right with the world.
The same thing isn't going to happen next summer if LeBron doesn't assure the team of his return. Faced with the prospect of losing the best player in the world, no one is safe. Miami will do whatever it takes to keep him. If that includes parting ways with Bosh (via free agency or trade), the Heat will do it.
Before you grab your digital pitchforks, it seems unlikely LeBron would treat a known friend like that. I can't envision him asking for Bosh or Wade to be traded or cast aside. But let's say the Heat keep LeBron. They'll be staring at a luxury tax bill more costly than Rob Gronkowski's bar tab...for the next millennium.
Unless LeBron explicitly tells the Heat he won't return without Bosh, the photogenic power forward-turned-center may find himself on the outside looking in at the juggernaut he helped build.