Chris Bosh Takes Maximum Contract to Stay With the Miami Heat

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LeBron James of the Miami Heat recently announced his decision to return to his hometown team, the Cleveland Cavaliers. Just hours later, his “Big Three” teammate Chris Bosh announced that he has made a career choice as well. He turned down a hefty offer to play with the Houston Rockets, who were more than interested in negotiating a reasonable deal. Despite this, Chris Bosh officially announced that he will take the maximum contract to stay with the Miami Heat.

The Houston Rockets offered Chris Bosh the chance to make a career-changing decision. The Rockets franchise were undoubtedly interested in bringing Bosh’s talents to the growing team. They presented him with a promising maximum salary contract. This maximum salary was available to Bosh as the Rockets made the decision to send Jeremy Lin to the Lakers, while also opening up a trade for Omer Asik. These two moves ensured that there would be more than enough cap room for Bosh. The franchise also emphasized the idea of him playing alongside Dwight Howard and James Harden, and anticipated the idea of creating a new “Big Three.” Although Chandler Parsons signed a deal with the Dallas Mavericks, the Rockets were willing to match that offer to keep him in Houston if Bosh agreed with his deal. The Rockets were convinced that this would bring Bosh to Houston, but clearly this was not enough for the Miami center.

Chris Bosh agreed to take the maximum contract to stay with the Miami Heat. He was offered a $118 million deal for five years by the Heat, which was $30 million more than what the Rockets offered. This move was critical in the eyes of Heat President, Pat Riley, and other Miami executives. It was also a critical move for the fans as their top player, LeBron James, decided to leave Miami and return home to Cleveland for this upcoming NBA season. Chris Bosh will be in Ghana until next week and will sign his contract shortly after he returns.

Overall, The Heat center has had significant numbers on a game-to-game basis. He averaged 16.2 points a game and 6.6 rebounds last season, and was mostly known for his game-cruncher shots. He is also a nine-time NBA All-Star and has a career average of 19.2 points in his 11 seasons with the NBA.

With LeBron leaving and Bosh staying, many NBA fans all over the world are wondering where the third member of Miami’s “Big Three” will go.  Dwyane Wade is currently in free agency as he opted out of the last two years of his contract this summer. Rumors have been heard that Wade could make the same move as LeBron by going back to his hometown. Wade is originally from Chicago. The Chicago Bulls have coincidentally showed interest in Wade recently, but he has yet to make any decisions on where he will play this season.

Miami Heat star center, Chris Bosh, was the fourth Heat player to opt out of a current deal. Many fans speculated that Bosh would have chosen to play with the Houston Rockets as they also offered him a maximum deal, however, this was $30 million less than the Miami offer. It ultimately led to Chris Bosh officially taking the maximum contract to keep his talents with the Miami Heat in what could be his last five years as an NBA basketball player. With LeBron leaving to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Chris Bosh saw this as the perfect opportunity to possibly take LeBron’s throne as “King” and lead the Heat in another successful season.

Commentary by Tricia Manalansan

Sources:
USA Today
Huffington Post
Houston Chronicle

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