Updates from Friday, July 11
Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports Miami is close to keeping Bosh:
Chris Bosh is finalizing an agreement to return to Miami on a five-year, $118M deal, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 11, 2014
Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press confirms Bosh will return to Miami:
Confirming: Bosh returns.— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) July 11, 2014
TNT's David Aldridge has the latest on Miami's pursuit of Bosh:
Miami has offered Bosh the full five-year max deal to stay, per sources. Bosh hasn't decided between that & Houston's four-year max offer.— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) July 11, 2014
Bleacher Report's Howard Beck confirmed:
Chris Bosh has a 5-year max offer to stay in Miami, I'm told. Decision expected within hours.— Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) July 11, 2014
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports that Bosh is inching closer to joining Houston:
Chris Bosh will soon speak to coach Kevin McHale, moving closer to a commitment to the Rockets, source tells Yahoo.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 11, 2014
Rockets, Bosh working out financial parameters built around roster of players that are coming and going now, sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 11, 2014
Miami is fighting to keep Chris Bosh, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. He will decide between Heat and Rockets today.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 11, 2014
Wojnarowski confirmed a previous report from Marc Stein of ESPN:
Houston and Chris Bosh moving quickly on securing deal, and with Bosh, Rockets will match Chandler Parsons offer sheet, source tells Yahoo.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 11, 2014
Here's Stein's report on Bosh's decision:
Source close to situation says Rockets believe they will have commitment "soon" for Chris Bosh to come to Houston— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 11, 2014
Updates from Thursday, July 10
Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski has an update on Bosh's potential decision:
Chris Bosh remained on pause with Houston on Thursday, awaiting word out of LeBron James, sources tell Yahoo. Still unwilling to jump - yet.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 11, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, July 9
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reported on Chris Bosh's talks with the Houston Rockets:
Communication flowing between Chris Bosh camp and Rockets today, preparing for landing spot should LeBron James leave, sources tell Yahoo.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 9, 2014
ESPN's Brian Windhorst and Chris Broussard report that Bosh's decision hinges entirely on one man:
If James does choose to leave the Heat, free agent Chris Bosh will sign with the Houston Rockets, sources said. James not rushing to make a choice could put a time squeeze on Bosh. Though he hopes to remain with the Heat along with James, sources said, Bosh has secured a backup offer for four years and $88 million from the Rockets.
TNT's David Aldridge reports that Bosh isn't set on joining Houston:
Told strongly that Chris Bosh hasn't made any contingency decision w/Rockets, & "whatever is being reported in that regard is simply false."— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) July 10, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, July 8
This much is clear: Riley is confident James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade will return, according to people who have had phone conversations with Riley in the last week. The people spoke to USA TODAY Sports under the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the conversations.
Of course, Riley's confidence doesn't guarantee anything. But right now, he isn't scrambling.
While Houston has emerged as a serious contender to land Chris Bosh, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports on the free-agent forward's preferred destination:
Quote attributed to me on @Foxsports1 feed bit of context: Bosh's preference remains with LeBron in Miami, but he's open to Houston offer.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 8, 2014
Updates from Monday, July 7
Chris Broussard of ESPN reported on Houston's interest in Chris Bosh:
Sources: Rockets offer Bosh max deal of 4 yrs, $96 million. After weekend convo with LeBron and low offer from Heat, Bosh considering offer— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 7, 2014
Later, he clarified the terms of the contract offer:
Max offer from Houston to Bosh is 4 years, $88 million— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 7, 2014
Broussard had more on Bosh's thought process as he weighs his options:
Bosh, since opting out of the final two years of his deal -- worth $42 million -- with the Miami Heat, had planned to see what James decided before making his choice.
But a conversation with James about his future in Miami this past weekend created enough doubt for Bosh to begin considering his other options, including Houston's offer, a source said. The source said Bosh did not know whether or not James was staying in Miami.
Another factor in Bosh's decision to look at Houston has been the tenor of his negotiations with Miami. Bosh is willing to take an annual pay cut by accepting a five-year deal worth $80 million-$90 million from Miami.
But sources say the Heat have been trying to get Bosh to accept a lesser deal, obviously so they can have more money to spend in free agency.
Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio confirmed Broussard's report:
Chris Bosh "strongly considering" offer from Rockets for $96 mill over 4 years, source says. ESPN reports Bosh met w LeBron over weekend.— Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) July 7, 2014
Clarification on precious tweet: ESPN not reporting Bosh and LeBron "met" over weekend, but rather 2 "had convo." Source confirms 2 spoke.— Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) July 7, 2014
However, Ethan J. Skolnick of Bleacher Report passed along what he has been hearing about Bosh:
For all the Chris Bosh reports out there, I keep checking back and keep hearing same: he intends to be in Miami.— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) July 7, 2014
Updates from Sunday, July 6
Michael Wallace of ESPN.com talked to Chris Bosh's agent about his free agency:
Agent Henry Thomas says both Wade and Bosh still sorting through process and that "nothing's changed" in approach since July 1— Michael Wallace (@WallaceNBA_ESPN) July 6, 2014
A Western Conference team is reportedly aggressively pursing Bosh, according to ESPN's Marc Stein:
ESPN sources say Rockets are "heavily engaged" with Chris Bosh in attempt to get Bosh to leave Heat in free agency. Story hits online soon— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 7, 2014
Rockets understand that realistic shot at Bosh depends on LeBron leaving Heat. But they clearly aren't waiting to see what LeBron decides— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 7, 2014
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports how LeBron James is impacting Bosh's line of thinking:
Around Bosh/Wade, there's uneasiness about James' intent; uncertainty. No one's sure -- yet. Heat aren't done, but empire's teetering.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 7, 2014
Wojnarowski later reported that Bosh still hasn't spoken with the Rockets:
Chris Bosh still hasn't taken step of talking directly with Rockets, sources tell Yahoo Sports. If he does, things could change fast here.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 7, 2014
Bosh's decision could drastically change the fortunes of the Heat according to ESPN's Stephen A. Smith via RealGM:
Stephen A. reporting that Chris Bosh is holding up free agency dominos. If he leaves for Rockets, it would create spot for Melo with Heat.— RealGM (@RealGM) July 7, 2014
Updates from Saturday, July 5
Ken Berger of CBS Sports has the latest news on Bosh:
Thus, with James waiting for Heat president Pat Riley to revamp the roster and with Dwyane Wade leaving $42 million on the table at age 32, Bosh is the member of the Big Three most likely to break away. Multiple league sources say there will be a close-to-max market for Bosh if Anthony and James stay with their respective teams. One of those people, an executive with a rival team, said the growing belief around the league is that Bosh would prefer a four-year max deal with another team to a discounted longer deal with Miami.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports adds more:
Chris Bosh's reps have made recent calls on market to reconfirm that max slots would be available to him, sources tell Yahoo. Answers: Yes.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 5, 2014
Wojnarowski also noted how LeBron James' return would impact Bosh, as one league source told him, "Bosh is back in a second if LeBron commits."
Updates from Friday, July 4
ESPN's Marc Stein has an update on the Rockets' interest in Bosh:
Story soon to hit online: ESPN sources say Rockets will turn attention to trying to pry Chris Bosh out of Miami IF Melo passes on Houston— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 4, 2014
While Houston holds out hope it can still win Melo Sweepstakes, ESPN sources say Rockets have already let Bosh know they're still huge fans— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 4, 2014
Truth be told, Bosh and Dirk Nowitzki likely would have been atop Houston's list of free-agent targets if it thought it had a shot at either— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 4, 2014
Many league observers still think Miami finds way to keep its three aces together, but sudden Heat uncertainty gives Houston fresh Bosh hope— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 4, 2014
Thanks to the Rockets, ambition is never the problem in Houston— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 4, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, July 2
Chris Broussard of ESPN reported on Chris Bosh's talks with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade last week:
When the Miami Heat's "Big 3" went their separate ways after a lunch meeting last Wednesday, they went not knowing whether they had played their last game together, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.
While Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh were committed to returning to the Heat, LeBron James was unsure of what he would do, the sources said.
The only certainty coming out of the meeting concerning James was that he wanted a maximum-level salary.
James did not ask or suggest that Wade and Bosh opt out of their deals or take lesser salaries to allow the Heat to add other top players, according to the sources.
Miami Heat big man Chris Bosh is seeking a contract that will pay him $90 million over five years, a source dialed in with Bosh's thinking told FOX Sports Ohio on Wednesday. Bosh is negotiating with the Heat, but no deal is done yet, the source said.
Let the fun begin. With Chris Bosh having opted out of his contract with the Miami Heat, along with both LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, the retool process might officially be underway in Miami.
Heat president Pat Riley spoke about Bosh following the announcement that he plans to opt out of his contract in a statement, per Joseph Goodman of the Miami Herald:
Today we were notified of Chris’ intentions to opt out of his contract. Chris is one of the most versatile and dynamic big men in this league, and he has been an instrumental key to our championship success over the last four seasons.
We look forward to meeting with Chris and his agent in the coming days to discuss keeping him in Miami for many years to come.
Apparently the feelings are mutual.
Though his intentions aren't set in stone and there is plenty of speculation on where he might land next season, Bosh has said all along that he intends to stay in Miami. The 6'11" center posted 16.2 points and 6.6 rebounds for Miami last year and has helped bring two championships to the city.
Bosh might have to take a huge pay cut to remain in Heat uniform, though, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN:
Heat telling free agents they will have $12+ million to spend, indicating Wade & Bosh ready to take huge pay cuts, sources told ESPN— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) July 1, 2014
Ethan J. Skolnick of Bleacher Report provided his thoughts on Bosh and Wade:
Based on my information, the numbers being reported for Bosh & Wade are much lower than what I expect (present tense) them to accept.— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) July 1, 2014
Following the report, agent Henry Thomas denied the reports (via David Aldridge of NBA.com):
Agent Henry Thomas, on report clients Bosh & Wade will take $12M/per & $11M/per, respectively: "all the BS you are reading is just that."— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) July 1, 2014
Though it was expected that both Bosh and Wade might have to sacrifice loads of money to remain with LeBron James and the Heat, the numbers are somewhat staggering. But it also frees up money to bring in another big-name free agent to bolster the already elite roster.
With both Bosh and Wade expected to take dramatically lower numbers than they might receive elsewhere, Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated shared his thoughts:
If Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh really are willing to take deals in the $11-$12 million per year range...wow. Bigger cut than anyone expected.— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) July 1, 2014
Zach Lowe of Grantland also chimed in on the situation for Bosh:
If those salaries end up real, Bosh will have sacrificed to a pretty shocking degree. Had real market at $16M/$17M, opted out of $20M X 2— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) July 1, 2014
Will Bosh re-sign with the Heat?
While it may seem a bit absurd for Bosh to take a huge cut in salary after the job he's done with the Heat, it still comes out looking like a smart business decision. He might earn more money playing for another team, but he is proving he's more focused on rings than a huge contract.
After making it to four straight NBA Finals with James and Wade, he's allowing the Heat to open up their pockets and add yet another talented player for the long run. His unselfish decision might lead to a young player who can help secure a bright future in Miami.
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