If it’s all about the money then Chris Bosh must take the Houston Rockets up on their offer of a four-year, $88 million max contract. However, it appears that Bosh has enough money in the bank because he reportedly told the Rockets that he wants to stay in South Beach and play for the Miami Heat. More importantly, he wants to continue playing with superstar LeBron James. At this point, Bosh and Dwyane Wade have shown their cards, which means the ball is in James’ court now.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Bosh wants to stay with a team that has gone to the NBA Finals four years in a row. The big issue for the Heat is that James appears eager to hear what other teams are selling. The Cleveland Cavaliers are ready to do whatever it takes to lure James back to the Midwest, despite the fact that the bridge was nearly burned to the ground when he left in the first place. As great as a story as that would be for Cleveland, James is clearly all about winning championships. Unfortunately, I don’t see how the Cavaliers can help in that department as early as next season.
I say the ball is in James’ court, but the reality is it is in team president Pat Riley’s court because he’s the one who needs to find at least one more major piece to the puzzle. The “Big Three” opted out of their contracts in order to give Riley the financial flexibility to bring in a big fish. Some have even gone as far as to suggest that it could be Carmelo Anthony. Until Riley is able to do that, James, Bosh and Wade are going to continue listening to what other teams have to offer.
The one thing no one has considered is that there’s the possibility Bosh knows something about where James is leaning, which is why he essentially rejected Houston’s offer. On the other hand, this might just be one more final power move to show James how serious he is about staying with the Heat and winning more rings.