Although the Heat are trailing the San Antonio Spurs 1-0 in the NBA Finals, there just isn’t another team in the league that can offer him all of the perks that come with remaining in Miami, thus his preference with staying put.
"Yeah, I mean, I don’t want to go anywhere," Bosh said during an appearance on ESPN Radio's The Dan Le Batard Show, via Jason Lieser of The Palm Beach Post. "I like it here. It’s Miami. Everybody wants to come here."
Bosh has an early-termination clause in his contract that allows him to become a free agent this summer, according to Sham Sports. If he does not exercise it, he can play out the 2014-15 season and then decide whether to opt out or use his player option and come back for the final year of his deal (2015-16).
Regardless of the steps he takes, Miami will be his home because it offers him the best possible situation.
Not All About the Benjamins
It’s not about the money.
Time and time again, we hear athletes utter those words and then they turn around and sign incredibly lucrative deals. Players should certainly get paid for whatever they feel they are worth. If that’s what they want, they should just come out and say it.
In the case of Bosh, when he says he’ll take a pay cut, there is reason to believe him. His top priority is winning, and his actions have certainly exhibited that.
When faced with the opportunity of signing a maximum deal to remain with the Toronto Raptors in the 2010 offseason, he passed.
Raptors fans should have known what was coming after he offered these thoughts to CTV News Toronto’s Emily Ragobeer at the end of the regular season: "I just want to win basketball games. You know, I want to play in the post season, I want to advance. I've been here seven years so it's time to start thinking about stuff like that."
Less than three months later, he signed at a discounted rate to join the Heat and compete for rings. Bosh accepted a six-year deal worth $110.1 million as opposed to signing for the maximum amount of roughly $125 million.
That same option will present itself either this summer or the following one, and he’s made it clear that he has no qualms with taking another salary reduction if it keeps the group together.
Heat fans will probably tell you it’s the right move for the franchise, but players typically view situations from their own perspectives and not from others'.
The situation is ideal for Miami, and the same applies to Bosh.
In weighing the pros and cons of a possible relocation, there are just too many things that show up as positives with respect to the Heat.
Bosh plays for an organization that’s done a masterful job of building title contenders over the course of the last decade.
Remember, the Heat went to the 2005 Eastern Conference Finals and won the title the following year. He then tore down the roster and sign players to short term deals, in order to have cap space to sign Bosh and LeBron James in 2010. On paper, Bosh might find a team with better talent, but there’s no way to know for sure if that club will sustain its success over the remainder of his career.
Heat executive Pat Riley has earned a lot of trust from his players by consistently bringing in talent to help complete championship puzzles.
Many will remember that he drafted Wade, traded for Shaquille O’Neal and wooed James and Bosh, but there are other forgotten gems in his resume.
Riley acquired Antoine Walker and James Posey via trade, both of which helped the Heat win the 2006 title.
Furthermore, after putting Bosh and James next to Wade, Riley went out and signed the likes of Mike Miller, Shane Battier, Ray Allen and Chris Andersen. All three have been big contributors to the Heat’s back-to-back titles (2012-13).
As a result, Bosh has every reason to believe the front office will continue plugging holes and finding ways to keep the team in championship contention.
Keep in mind, Bosh will be 31 years old when next season starts, which means he still has two or three years of elite basketball left in him. Know who else’s prime happens to coincide with Bosh’s?
King James will still be 29 years of age when training camp opens, and that will give the Heat a strong chance of contending in the near future.
Granted, James could very well opt out of his contract this summer or wait until his deal expires after the 2015-16 campaign and sign with another team. However, this isn’t the 2010 summer all over again.
James left the Cleveland Cavaliers because he lacked help, and the franchise never gave him a great sidekick to work with. In Miami, James has two of them coupled with the ever-brilliant mind of Riley. If that evidence doesn’t sway you, perhaps Bosh himself will.
In an appearance on The Dan Le Batard Show (via Bleacher Report’s Ethan Skolnick) in March, Le Batard asked Bosh if whether true or false, he would remain in Miami.
"True," Bosh answered.
“And so will LeBron…,” Le Batard quickly added.
"True," Bosh responded.
Bosh is going to hitch his wagon to James, and it appears that the wagon won’t be leaving Miami unless it’s for road games. It would be hard to blame Bosh on this front, considering that he sat along his teammate when he said…
Not 1, Not 2, Not 3…
Although James’ braggadocio may have been viewed as a slap in the face of the rest of the league, he may end up being right. Miami is the first team since the Boston Celtics (1984-87) to make it to four straight NBA Finals.
What’s more, they are trying to claim their third straight title. Considering that Bosh had never gone past the first round with his first professional team (Raptors), it’s probably fair to say he’s enjoying his time in Miami.
The seasons are longer, more entertaining and end with a parade for the most part.
Why would Bosh want to trade that?
That certainly sounds like a formidable team, provided that Rose is healthy. He’s missed the past two seasons with knee injuries and could be a shell of his former self. If that’s the case, good luck advancing in the postseason.
Another option could be the Dallas Mavericks. Dirk Nowitzki’s contract expires this summer, but he stated last year to the Jon Machota of the Dallas News he was willing to take a pay cut if it brings in quality talent.
Bosh could sign with his hometown Mavericks and join forces with the one team that’s beaten the Heat in the postseason since Bosh, Wade and James came together.
However, Dallas plays in a brutal Western Conference where the Mavs likely wouldn’t be a title contender. Keep in mind, Bosh and Nowitzki essentially play the same position and now have games that take both of them away from the hoop.
Winning in the West requires diversity and elite perimeter play, which the Mavericks wouldn’t have. We can effectively scratch them off the board.
The remaining marquee teams are either capped out (New York Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers and Houston Rockets), rebuilding (Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics) or would have to pull off a trade that would rob them of quality talent (Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder).
Bosh’s willingness to forego all leverage by announcing he wishes to come back even at a discounted rate is indicative of his priorities as well as the landscape of the league.
A chance at rings and history appeal far more to Bosh, and that’s exactly what the Heat provide. Given his priorities, the Heat are the best place for him to spend the balance of his career.
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