The Miami Heat need to start finding answers to their free agent questions and the biggest one that rest before them is that of LeBron James. He’s just an enigma to the Heat at this point and he’s clogging up the free agent pipes around the league as well.
One team that wants the issue resolved are the Houston Rockets who are looking to find a way to wrestle Chris Bosh away from the Heat this offseason.
According to ESPN.com, Bosh is open to leaving Miami this offseason but would only do so for a max contract and nothing else. Essentially, the only team he’s willing to take a pay cut for are the Heat while everyone else will have to pay full price to get him this summer.
Sources say Bosh remains willing to take slightly less than his value on the open market to return with the Heat if James and Dwyane Wade are also coming back and if Heat president Pat Riley can upgrade the current roster. But nearly a week into free agency — with James’ agent Rich Paul having opened negotiations with a handful of rival teams and Riley having secured no free-agent commitments — sources say Bosh has felt compelled to consider other options himself.
Sources say Bosh would expect a four-year maximum offer of $96 million to jump to leave Miami for Houston or any other suitor.
The Heat would love to get Bosh back, but their focus remains on LeBron James and as it looks increasingly less likely that he’s going to be taking a pay cut, it’s looking like Chris Bosh might be an odd man out here.