All reports indicate that the Miami Heat’s big three will all opt out of the final year of their current contracts, but LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are all expected to re-sign with the Heat at this point.
In fact, Bosh has answered questions about their future by telling reporters he believes both he and James will be back in Miami.
However, that isn’t going to stop teams from chasing all three and according to Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio, Bosh and the Los Angeles Lakers have mutual interest in each other.
I do think there’s a possibility Bosh could opt out to sign with the Lakers — but that admittedly seems like a long shot. I can tell you the interest is there on both sides. But will the Lakers have the cash? And would Bosh want to leave a real contender for a team that needs rebuilding?
The answers are yes and yes. Bosh would be a clear No. 2 man (behind Kobe Bryant) in LA. Being a star in Hollywood is among the few things that supersede being a third option in South Beach. But a lot of things would be in play here. First, it would mean the Lakers letting free agent Pau Gasol walk. No biggie there. Second, it would mean Bosh opting out of a really good situation. A little bigger deal. Third, the Lakers would have to find money under the cap for Bosh. With the deals they gave to Bryant and Steve Nash, a bigger deal still.
Bosh averaged 16.2 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 1.0 blocks and 1.0 steals per game this season.