Updates from Friday, July 11
Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports Miami is close to keeping Bosh:
Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press confirms Bosh will return to Miami:
TNT's David Aldridge has the latest on Miami's pursuit of Bosh:
Bleacher Report's Howard Beck confirmed:
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports that Bosh is inching closer to joining Houston:
Wojnarowski confirmed a previous report from Marc Stein of ESPN:
Here's Stein's report on Bosh's decision:
Updates from Thursday, July 10
Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski has an update on Bosh's potential decision:
Updates from Wednesday, July 9
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reported on Chris Bosh's talks with the Houston Rockets:
ESPN's Brian Windhorst and Chris Broussard report that Bosh's decision hinges entirely on one man:
If James does choose to leave the Heat, free agent Chris Bosh will sign with the Houston Rockets, sources said. James not rushing to make a choice could put a time squeeze on Bosh. Though he hopes to remain with the Heat along with James, sources said, Bosh has secured a backup offer for four years and $88 million from the Rockets.
TNT's David Aldridge reports that Bosh isn't set on joining Houston:
Updates from Tuesday, July 8
This much is clear: Riley is confident James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade will return, according to people who have had phone conversations with Riley in the last week. The people spoke to USA TODAY Sports under the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the conversations.
Of course, Riley's confidence doesn't guarantee anything. But right now, he isn't scrambling.
While Houston has emerged as a serious contender to land Chris Bosh, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports on the free-agent forward's preferred destination:
Updates from Monday, July 7
Chris Broussard of ESPN reported on Houston's interest in Chris Bosh:
Later, he clarified the terms of the contract offer:
Broussard had more on Bosh's thought process as he weighs his options:
Bosh, since opting out of the final two years of his deal -- worth $42 million -- with the Miami Heat, had planned to see what James decided before making his choice.
But a conversation with James about his future in Miami this past weekend created enough doubt for Bosh to begin considering his other options, including Houston's offer, a source said. The source said Bosh did not know whether or not James was staying in Miami.
Another factor in Bosh's decision to look at Houston has been the tenor of his negotiations with Miami. Bosh is willing to take an annual pay cut by accepting a five-year deal worth $80 million-$90 million from Miami.
But sources say the Heat have been trying to get Bosh to accept a lesser deal, obviously so they can have more money to spend in free agency.
Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio confirmed Broussard's report:
However, Ethan J. Skolnick of Bleacher Report passed along what he has been hearing about Bosh:
Updates from Sunday, July 6
Michael Wallace of ESPN.com talked to Chris Bosh's agent about his free agency:
A Western Conference team is reportedly aggressively pursing Bosh, according to ESPN's Marc Stein:
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports how LeBron James is impacting Bosh's line of thinking:
Wojnarowski later reported that Bosh still hasn't spoken with the Rockets:
Bosh's decision could drastically change the fortunes of the Heat according to ESPN's Stephen A. Smith via RealGM:
Updates from Saturday, July 5
Ken Berger of CBS Sports has the latest news on Bosh:
Thus, with James waiting for Heat president Pat Riley to revamp the roster and with Dwyane Wade leaving $42 million on the table at age 32, Bosh is the member of the Big Three most likely to break away. Multiple league sources say there will be a close-to-max market for Bosh if Anthony and James stay with their respective teams. One of those people, an executive with a rival team, said the growing belief around the league is that Bosh would prefer a four-year max deal with another team to a discounted longer deal with Miami.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports adds more:
Wojnarowski also noted how LeBron James' return would impact Bosh, as one league source told him, "Bosh is back in a second if LeBron commits."
Updates from Friday, July 4
ESPN's Marc Stein has an update on the Rockets' interest in Bosh:
Updates from Wednesday, July 2
Chris Broussard of ESPN reported on Chris Bosh's talks with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade last week:
When the Miami Heat's "Big 3" went their separate ways after a lunch meeting last Wednesday, they went not knowing whether they had played their last game together, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.
While Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh were committed to returning to the Heat, LeBron James was unsure of what he would do, the sources said.
The only certainty coming out of the meeting concerning James was that he wanted a maximum-level salary.
James did not ask or suggest that Wade and Bosh opt out of their deals or take lesser salaries to allow the Heat to add other top players, according to the sources.
Miami Heat big man Chris Bosh is seeking a contract that will pay him $90 million over five years, a source dialed in with Bosh's thinking told FOX Sports Ohio on Wednesday. Bosh is negotiating with the Heat, but no deal is done yet, the source said.
Let the fun begin. With Chris Bosh having opted out of his contract with the Miami Heat, along with both LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, the retool process might officially be underway in Miami.
Heat president Pat Riley spoke about Bosh following the announcement that he plans to opt out of his contract in a statement, per Joseph Goodman of the Miami Herald:
Today we were notified of Chris’ intentions to opt out of his contract. Chris is one of the most versatile and dynamic big men in this league, and he has been an instrumental key to our championship success over the last four seasons.
We look forward to meeting with Chris and his agent in the coming days to discuss keeping him in Miami for many years to come.
Apparently the feelings are mutual.
Though his intentions aren't set in stone and there is plenty of speculation on where he might land next season, Bosh has said all along that he intends to stay in Miami. The 6'11" center posted 16.2 points and 6.6 rebounds for Miami last year and has helped bring two championships to the city.
Bosh might have to take a huge pay cut to remain in Heat uniform, though, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN:
Ethan J. Skolnick of Bleacher Report provided his thoughts on Bosh and Wade:
Following the report, agent Henry Thomas denied the reports (via David Aldridge of NBA.com):
Though it was expected that both Bosh and Wade might have to sacrifice loads of money to remain with LeBron James and the Heat, the numbers are somewhat staggering. But it also frees up money to bring in another big-name free agent to bolster the already elite roster.
With both Bosh and Wade expected to take dramatically lower numbers than they might receive elsewhere, Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated shared his thoughts:
Zach Lowe of Grantland also chimed in on the situation for Bosh:
While it may seem a bit absurd for Bosh to take a huge cut in salary after the job he's done with the Heat, it still comes out looking like a smart business decision. He might earn more money playing for another team, but he is proving he's more focused on rings than a huge contract.
After making it to four straight NBA Finals with James and Wade, he's allowing the Heat to open up their pockets and add yet another talented player for the long run. His unselfish decision might lead to a young player who can help secure a bright future in Miami.
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