When LeBron James left the Miami Heat, it was expected that Chris Bosh would do the same. But in a weird turn of events, Bosh returned to Miami Heat on a max contract over the next five seasons.
And while the Houston Rockets were the top team on Bosh’s list outside of Miami, they weren’t the only team he spurned in his return to South Beach.
Moments after receiving James’ text, the Heat offered Bosh a maximum contract worth $118 million over five years, something that wasn’t on the table at the start of free agency. The Heat had competition. After considering “strong” offers from multiple teams, including the Houston Rockets, Denver Nuggets, Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers, Bosh ultimately decided to return to the Heat later that night.
“[There were] very enticing offers,” Bosh said. “There was some surprising advances made in everything, but I ultimately decided to stay in Miami. I think it was the right choice. I benefit from it, the team will benefit from it, from here. My heart was in Miami. I wanted to be there and keep my family there and build relationships and really keep building on something special.”
To say that Chris Bosh is underrated is an understatement–and his free agency market reflects that. If any other power forward/center entered free agency with Bosh’s talent on both the offensive and defensive end of the floor, they would’ve had a line of suitors waiting to pry Bosh away Pat Riley.
But now with James out of the picture and Dwyane Wade not being the player he once was, Bosh’ll be able to return to the player he once was and show that teams missed out on an opportunity to get a top-5 forward. There’s a general split in the public on if he’ll be able to prove that he is one, so all eyes will be on the big fella come Novemeber.