Is Chris Bosh leaving the Miami Heat?
According to ESPN.com, the 30-year-old big man spoke with LeBron James over the weekend, and is now considering the Houston Rockets’ maximum contract offer of four years, $88 million.
Bosh opted out of the final two years of his deal with the Miami Heat, worth $42 million, and had planned to see what James decided before making his choice. But, according to the report, 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 recent offer.
The source tells ESPN Bosh did not know whether James was staying in Miami.
Furthermore, word is Bosh was willing to take a pay cut by accepting a five-year deal worth $80-90 million from Miami, but sources said Miami had been trying to get him to accept a lesser deal so they have more money to spend in free agency.
The Heat’s lower offer, as well as his talk with James, has him taking a serious look at Houston, which offered Carmelo Anthony the same max offer.
If Bosh accepts, Houston will have to trade Jeremy Lin to create the cap space to offer the max.