The Miami Heat may be struggling to sign free agents other than their own and that might be because of the salary demands of their own free agents. Rumors have already suggested that LeBron James, unlike his contract in 2010 isn’t willing to take a pay cut and now Chris Bosh is allegedly seeking a five-year contract worth approximately $90 million dollars.
That’s the word from Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio who says that the deal isn’t done yet, but the two sides are working on such a construction.
Chris Bosh ironically enough made the same amount of money as LeBron James last season, just over $19 million while Wade sat behind both at $18.6. Still, with James reportedly not willing to take a pay cut and Bosh not really reducing his asking price all that much, the dollars seem to be a bit stretched in South Beach.
This of course doesn’t even take into consideration what Dwyane Wade is going to be asking for and while the Heat knew that they’d still likely be paying upwards of $60 million dollars to retain the ‘Big 3′, they were likely hoping that they’d be willing to reduce their asking prices in effort to gain a bit more wiggle room on the cap.
There was a lot of talk of both Chris Bosh and Wade’s willingness to play on reduced salaries when they signed their new contract, but according to this most recent report, that doesn’t seem to be the case – at least for Bosh – who seems interested in cashing in.