Miami Heat Rumors: Chris Bosh Says He, LeBron James Will Stay in Free Agency
The buzz for NBA Free Agency in the summer of 2014 started before the 2013-14 regular season even got underway. Though that may be a bit excessive, the buzz is definitely warranted. After all, big-name players like Carmelo Anthony are going to be available. However, that’s not the name that’s drawn the most chatter over the past few months.
For good reason, much of the talk regarding free agency has involved Miami Heat star forward and reigning back-to-back MVP LeBron James. James has a player option for next season in his contract and, if he decides to opt out, will enter unrestricted free agency this summer. Along with him from Miami, forward/center Chris Bosh also could opt-out and test the open market.
According to Bosh, though, the two parts of Miami’s Big Three aren’t going anywhere. In a recent interview with Dan Le Batard on his radio show (per Bleacher Report), the ESPN personality asked Bosh “true-or-false” questions. The two questions that mattered were when Le Batard asked if Bosh would be in Miami next year and then asked if LeBron would be as well. Bosh’s answer for both was the same: “true.”
Obviously a player isn’t going to totally tip their hand going into free agency so they can maintain some type of leverage, but Bosh’s statements seem to bring up the notion that the two players will either re-sign with the Heat or will opt-in for the final year of their contract.
There’s a good chance that how this Miami team fares in the 2014 NBA Playoffs will factor into Bosh’s and LeBron’s decisions this summer regarding free agency. A three-peat doesn’t necessarily mean they’d stay either, as they could view that as their work with the Heat being done and needing to move on. As for now and at the mercy of a true-or-false interview answer, LeBron and Bosh will be gracing South Beach with their presence for at least one more season.