NBA Rumors: Latest on Chris Bosh and Other Top Free Agents

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIJuly 10, 2014

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There's a whole slew of NBA free agents in limbo while LeBron James makes his decision on where he'll play basketball next season. The game's best player is directly or indirectly displaying his power.

He has virtually frozen all major moves from his suitors while everyone awaits word on his next move. 

Potential former teammate Chris Bosh is one of those free agents affected. He's reportedly been offered a four-year deal from the Houston Rockets worth $88 million.

But per's David Aldridge, Bosh hasn't made any decision on joining the Rockets, no matter what James decides to do.

Some believe that if James does bolt the Miami Heat, then Bosh will take the money and the chance to win alongside Dwight Howard and James Harden in Houston. 

The three would form a less celebrated but still very formidable Big Three.


Lance Stephenson

May 30, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson (1) looks on in game six of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Stephenson is one of the main players teams may turn to after the decisions have been made by James and Carmelo Anthony.

Considered a solid but potentially volatile young free agent, Stephenson has his share of suitors and doubters. According to Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders, the Chicago Bulls have emerged as a possible landing spot for the 23-year-old.

Stephenson had a breakout season for the Indiana Pacers last season. He averaged 13.8 points, 4.6 assists and 7.2 rebounds per game. However, he also had some issues with teammates, and then there was the whole ear-blowing thing with James during the playoffs.

Teams that are interested must ask themselves whether Stephenson's act can be controlled or whether he fits into their culture.


Trevor Ariza

INDIANAPOLIS, IND - MAY 13: Trevor Ariza #1 of the Washington Wizards warms up before Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals against the Indiana Pacers during the 2014 NBA Plaoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on May 13, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indian
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It appears Ariza has fallen into the No. 3 spot as it pertains to the top available small forwards. Per ESPN's Chris Broussard, Ariza is being considered a plan C if teams can't land the Houston Rockets' Chandler Parsons—who was a plan B for teams who wanted Anthony.

Because Parsons just signed a three-year, $46 million offer sheet from the Dallas Mavericks, per Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today Sports, and the Rockets have three days to match, Ariza should be fielding calls very soon.

Parsons' and Ariza's stats from the 2013-14 season were similar, but the difference is age. Parsons is just 25 years old while Ariza is 29. Still, paying Parsons an average of $15.33 million over three years seems a little steep.

It looks like a case of Dallas throwing its A-list cash slot to a B-list player. No disrespect to Parsons, but he's not a superstar.


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