Apr 6, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat center Chris Bosh (1) runs against the New York Knicks during the first half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Heat rumors: Chris Bosh doesn't need to be 'the man'

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Earlier in his career, Miami Heat big man Chris Bosh was the man in Toronto. He developed into one of the games elite players. He averaged at least 22.3 points per game in each of his last five seasons in Toronto (he spent his first seven seasons there). He turned into an All-Star and even led the Raptors into the postseason.

There has been a lot of chatter that Bosh could leave the Heat for a four-year max deal, but that likely won’t be the case (unless it’s with the Rockets).

Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders talked to Bosh and Bosh told Kyler he no longer needs to be the man. That’s why Kyler believes as long as James remains with the Heat, Bosh will also get a “really nice new deal” to stay as well. 

It doesn’t make sense if you are really happy in Miami and want to continue to play with the guys that got you to four straight Finals and two championships.

The grass isn’t always greener and there are no guarantees on the championship train.

I asked Bosh about maybe wanting to be his own guy again, he said that he relished that earlier in his career, but now he really enjoys winning, being with a team he can count on and going deep every year. I think the only way he leaves Miami is if LeBron leaves Miami.

I also think Bosh will get a really nice new deal in Miami.

Bosh averaged 16.2 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 1.0 blocks and 1.0 steals per game while shooting 51.6% from the field, 33.9% from three and 82.0% from the free trow line.

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