Report: Communication 'flowing' between Bosh and Rockets

Jul 9, 3:59 PM

It's as though everyone's career hinges on what LeBron James might do, and Chris Bosh, who opted out of his contract with the Miami Heat, is preparing for his just-in-case future.

According to Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, communication is "flowing" between Bosh and the Houston Rockets. Woj reported earlier this week that though Bosh hadn't spoken with the Rockets directly, he was open to their four-year, $88 million offer should the LeBron third of the Big 3 decide to leave Miami.

James is set to meet with Heat president Pat Riley on Wednesday in Las Vegas, though there's no indication that The Decision 2.0 will be handed down during that time.

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Jul 30, 5:43 PM

Chris Bosh officially re-signs with Heat

Jul 30, 5:43 PM

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At long last, the wait with bated breath is over: Heat forward Chris Bosh finally re-signed with Miami: 

The 30-year-old versatile forward averaged 16.2 points, 6.6 rebounds, and one block last season as the third option in Miami's failed championship run.

Since signing in Miami in 2010, Bosh has largely taken a backseat to fellow stars Dwyane Wade and LeBron James. Now, with James opting to move back to Cleveland and Wade's health declining, Bosh's role will likely increase.

As a reference, the last time Bosh was the undisputed number-one option on offense, he averaged 24 points per game on a true-shooting percentage of 59.2. That was four years ago, though, and it's unclear he can return to such lofty levels of production.

Heat president Pat Riley released a statement on Bosh via Instagram:

Chris Bosh is a two-time NBA champion and one of the most versatile big men in the league. His unique skillset makes him one of the best players in the game today. I’ve always felt he was committed to this organization, this staff and this city. I think he’s going to have the opportunity of a lifetime leading this team next season and having the nine-time NBA All-Star back in the fold was a big key for us. We are very blessed to have him.

The deal is reportedly worth $118.7 million over five seasons (see more details below).

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Jul 12, 3:20 PM

Chris Bosh tweets he has agreed to return to Heat

Jul 12, 3:20 PM

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Chris Bosh confirmed reports Saturday that he is returning to the Miami Heat for a fifth season.

Bosh was believed to be deciding between the Heat and the Houston Rockets, and had said that he would wait until LeBron James' decision was finalized before announcing his own.

The Heat have yet to make it official, but Bosh's new deal is reportedly worth $118 million over five years.

Jul 11, 5:54 PM

Report: Chris Bosh finalizing 5-year, $118 million deal to re-sign with Heat

Jul 11, 5:54 PM

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With LeBron James out of the way, it's finally time for Chris Bosh to take the reigns in Miami.

Bosh was said to be choosing between the Houston Rockets and the Heat, and his decision was likely motivated by economics.

In Houston, Bosh was slated to earn as much as $88 million over four years. Miami, with Bosh's bird rights, had the option of offering him more years (5) and money ($118 million).

The 30-year-old Bosh averaged 16.2 points and 6.6 rebounds per game last season in Miami, good for a PER of 19. His totals were depressed by having to play third fiddle to LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.

Stepping into a bigger role will likely result in an uptick in his averages. The last time he was the first option on his team, Bosh averaged 24 points and 10.8 rebounds per game in Toronto in 2010.

The rub must sting for the Rockets, who cleared away both Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin in the efforts of signing Bosh. Now they are without any of Asik, Lin, nor Bosh. However, it's conceivable that they still use the cap room to sign another player. But for now, the Rockets remain empty-handed.

Jul 11, 5:18 PM

Report: Heat offer Chris Bosh five-year maximum deal, he remains undecided

Jul 11, 5:18 PM

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The (in)Decision 3.0, featuring forward Chris Bosh wages on!

With LeBron James having taken his talents away from South Beach, Bosh has a difficult decision to make - stay in Miami, or depart to Houston?

His decision is further complicated by the Heat's reported offering of the maximum deal.

The finances break down like such. Miami owns Bosh's Bird Rights, and can therefore offer him a 5-year deal worth over $120 million. In Houston, Bosh could only earn as much as $88 million over four-seasons.

The trade-off in salary comes with an upgrade in rosters. Houston boasts two All-NBA players in James Harden and Dwight Howard, whereas Miami currently holds none.

Jul 11, 12:52 PM

Report: With James signed, Rockets expect Bosh decision soon

Jul 11, 12:52 PM

The big domino has fallen in free agency, and it appears the rest are ready to tumble. 

With LeBron James headed back to Cleveland, the Houston Rockets' max offer to Chris Bosh is expected to move along much, much more quickly. 

The Rockets plan to complete their deal with the New Orleans Hornets for Omer Asik, as well as find a landing place for Jeremy Lin by Sunday, according to Marc Stein.

The Rockets need to finish these deals to clear the requisite space to afford Bosh, and will be moving at an accelerated pace to get the deals done. 

Jul 11, 12:04 AM

Report: Chris Bosh 'on pause' with Rockets as he waits on LeBron James' decision

Jul 11, 12:04 AM

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It's not just all of us waiting on LeBron James to make an announcement about where he'll play this coming season, Chris Bosh has an awful lot riding on this, too.

Bosh has a substantial standing offer from the Houston Rockets, but all accounts have suggested that Bosh would prefer to stay in Miami with James. 

Meanwhile, the Rockets may have to pull that offer come Sunday, should they choose to match Dallas' offer sheet to Chandler Parsons (after matching, they would not have the flexibility to sign Bosh, though they could conceivably have both by signing Bosh first).

Despite the obvious time sensitivity of his situation with the Rockets, Bosh continues to keep Houston "on pause" as he waits to hear from James, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

It's hard to fault Bosh for waiting and wanting to stay with James and Wade in Miami, even if Houston's offer may be greater financially and doesn't exactly represent a huge step down in team quality (the Bosh-Dwight Howard pairing is a dream).

Complicating matters more for Bosh and the Rockets is that James will be in Brazil this weekend for the World Cup final, which takes place on Sunday. If James doesn't make an announcement before then, Bosh - or the Rockets - may have to make a tough decision without knowing James' plan.

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Jul 9, 9:29 PM

Report: Chris Bosh will sign with Rockets if LeBron James leaves the Heat

Jul 9, 9:29 PM

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The Miami Heat could be losing more than just one of the "Big Three" this summer.

According a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, unrestricted free-agent forward Chris Bosh will sign with the Houston Rockets if LeBron James chooses to sign with a destination other than the Miami Heat.

Bosh would prefer to play with James in Miami, but that may not be an option. By going to Houston, Bosh could conceivably land a larger deal, while playing with a better group of players. The Rockets already boast a pair of All-NBA players in center Dwight Howard and guard James Harden.

In Houston, Bosh's defensive load would be lightened with Howard guarding the paint. He also would be spared from having to play center, a role he was pigeon-holed into with the Heat's propensity to play small-ball lineups.

Offensively, Bosh's ability to space the floor would theoretically open up space in the paint for Howard to operate. Bosh is also excellent in the pick-and-pop, which should pair well with Harden's perimeter game.

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Jul 8, 1:38 AM

Report: Bosh would rather play with LeBron in Miami but open to Houston

Jul 8, 1:38 AM

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Chris Bosh will be a rich man no matter where he ends up - but he has reportedly told the Houston Rockets he would prefer to remain in Miami with LeBron James as his partner in crime.

Yahoo! Sports NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski shared the news on Fox Sports 1 Monday night, though he later took to Twitter to clarify what he meant on air:

What appears clearer than ever is that Bosh's future is tired directly to that of James - and that, if LeBron decides to remain in South Beach, his All-Star power forward will, too. Bosh hasn't yet reached out to the Rockets to let them know as much directly.

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Jul 7, 2:21 PM

Report: Rockets offer Chris Bosh 4-year, $88-million contract

Jul 7, 2:21 PM

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The pressure is officially on Pat Riley and the Miami Heat.

The deal, as presently reported, would require the Houston Rockets to find takers for a number of their contracts, including that of point guard Jeremy Lin. In all likelihood, forward Donatas Motiejunas would also have to go to carve out the requisite cap space.

There is no word on whether Chris Bosh has, nor intends on signing the offer. It does, however, give him leverage in his negotiations with Miami. Bosh reportedly wants to stay with the Heat, but doesn't want to take a big paycut to do so. The team could accommodate Bosh's demand, but it would also cut into their cap room and thus hamper their ability to sign free-agents.

Bosh does hail from Texas, as the 30-year-old forward was born in Dallas. He has been courted by teams from Texas in the past, but their advances have all been rebuked to date. 

However, the Rockets are well-stocked, with All-NBA players in James Harden and Dwight Howard already in-place. Adding Bosh would vaunt the Rockets into elite status, as the combination of Howard and Bosh would easily form the most potent front-line in the league.

For more on the Bosh to Rockets saga, check out the stories below.

Jul 6, 11:16 PM

Report: Rockets 'heavily engaged' with Chris Bosh

Jul 6, 11:16 PM

As the world holds its breath and LeBron bides his time, at least one team has shown it's not interested in waiting to see where King James decides to make his next seat, according to ESPN's Marc Stein:  

The Rockets have also been linked extensively to free-agent forward Carmelo Anthony. But they've long been enamored of Bosh, and, given his Texas roots, they appear to believe they have at least a shot of prying him away from Miami. 

Bosh has been explicit about the fact that he will unquestionably return to Miami if LeBron does. But with the Heat's Big Three apparently not on the same page, and Bosh and Dwyane Wade getting duly anxious, now might be as good a time as any for the Rockets to make their play. 

All this is speculative, however, as it appears the two sides have not even been in direct contact as of yet:

But Stein writes that "nearly a week into free agency - with James' agent Rich Paul having opened negotiations with a handful of rival teams and Riley having secured no free-agent commitments - sources say Bosh has felt compelled to consider other options himself."

He adds that Bosh "would expect a four-year maximum offer of $96 million to jump to leave Miami for Houston or any other suitor." 

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Jul 5, 7:33 PM

Report: Bosh would re-sign with Miami 'in a second' if LeBron does too

Jul 5, 7:33 PM

The Miami Heat's Big 3's touch-and-go reunion or disbandment drags on.

The latest name rumored to flee is forward Chris Bosh, who reportedly has a number of max contract offers on the table should he choose to leave.

But Bosh is still taken with Miami, especially if forward LeBron James ultimately re-signs there. A source told Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports that "Bosh is back in a second if LeBron commits."

The news isn't surprising, as just about every player in the league would like to play with a generational talent like James. The more pertinent question is, how much money will Bosh sacrifice to play with James, who reportedly wants a max contract? Every dollar Bosh gives up could go towards restocking the Heat's depleted bench.

For more on Bosh potentially taking his talents away from South Beach, read the stories below.

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Jul 5, 2:06 PM

Report: Multiple teams prepared to offer Bosh max contract

Jul 5, 2:06 PM

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As the NBA world waits to see where stars LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony end up, Chris Bosh and his camp have reportedly begun checking to see if there truly is greener grass to be found elsewhere. 

The Houston Rockets (see below) reportedly turned their sights to the Texas native after getting a sense that negotiations with Anthony would go for not.

If the Rockets can manage to get the contract of point guard Jeremy Lin off their cap sheet, a rotation that includes Bosh, along with James Harden and Dwight Howard could become the brand new "Big Three" on the block. 

If not the Rockets, a number of other teams would do quite well to add the nine-time All-Star Bosh to their roster regardless of price. The Mavericks, Lakers, Bulls, Suns, and Cavs are either at or near the amount of cap space capable to make a full-scale run at Bosh, according to CBS Sports' Ken Berger.

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Jul 4, 8:34 AM

Report: Rockets could turn attention to pulling Chris Bosh from Miami

Jul 4, 8:34 AM

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With the Houston Rockets unsure of their chances to land Carmelo Anthony and a reported "breakdown in communication" in Miami, general manager Daryl Morey is already beginning to formulate contingency plans, as he's wont to do.

One of those secondary plans could include leveraging the end of The Big Three for their own gain, as the Rockets are said to covet Chris Bosh. The draw is obvious, as Bosh is a Texas native and would be an ideal fit on both ends of the floor alongside center Dwight Howard.

Houston plans to shift their attention the Georgia Tech product's way shortly, according to a report from ESPN.

From the report:

Sources told ESPN.com on Thursday night that the Rockets -- while still holding out hope that Anthony will choose them after hosting him Wednesday in Houston -- have already let Bosh know how interested they are in bringing the Dallas native back to Texas.
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Most league observers continue to believe that Heat president Pat Riley ultimately will convince all three Heat stars to re-up by next week, even if Bosh and Wade are forced to take pay cuts.

But sources say the Rockets are determined to test Bosh's resolve in the event Anthony elects to return to the New York Knicks or chooses one of his other three primary suitors this week.

The Rockets can open up the requisite cap space to lure Bosh by dealing Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin, the former of whom has already been dealt unofficially. Then it would be a matter of convincing Bosh he has a better chance to win with Howard, James Harden and company over a Heat team that may or may not include LeBron James.

At 30 years old, a maximum contract without a resultant step down in teammate quality may be attractive, but obviously all of this is hopeful speculation on Houston's part until James makes a decision - it's tough to see Bosh moving on without knowing, officially, what James' plans are.

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