Once Miami Heat free agent forward LeBron James decided to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers rather than remain with the Miami Heat, everyone knew free agency could really get underway and the dominoes would quickly begin to fall. However, they may be falling faster than anyone could imagine.
The Houston Rockets have been eyeing James’ former Heat teammate, big man Chris Bosh. With center Dwight Howard and guard James Harden already in the fold, the Rockets believe that adding another all-star like Bosh and then matching the offer sheet restricted free agent forward Chandler Parsons signed with the Dallas Mavericks would perhaps make the Rockets the most talented team in the league. That’s why they rushed to complete a trade they agreed to on draft night that sent Omer Asik to the New Orleans Pelicans and then pulled off another deal to send Jeremy Lin to the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday afternoon. Those moves clear cap space the Rockets need to sign Bosh to the mega-deal he reportedly desires.
Although most figured with James leaving, Bosh joining the Rockets would be a no-brainer, the Heat aren’t going down without a fight. According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Heat are fighting to keep Bosh and he will decide between the Heat and Rockets today.
Miami is fighting to keep Chris Bosh, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. He will decide between Heat and Rockets today.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 11, 2014
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 last season.