If you turn your television on ESPN right now, I bet you will hear something about LeBron James. It seems SportsCenter is now “LeBronCenter.” Even the “Melo Watch” is taking a step back to wait and see King James’ next decision.
There are many big name free agents (Chris Bosh, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, Luol Deng) that are waiting for LeBron’s next move before they make their decision where they want to play which affects them financially and historically.
We should not forget that just four years ago LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh teamed up to embark on a journey to win not one, not two, not three….
Well here are the facts. This tandem has both won and lost two series in the NBA Finals. They are coming off a brutal Finals loss to the San Antonio Spurs where every game was a blowout. All three of these stars have opted out of their contracts and are free to sign wherever they choose. This leads me to the topic of Chris Bosh. The Houston Rockets have reached out to the highly coveted Bosh who is a Texas native I must add. They are willing to give him a max contract of 4-years, $88 million. They envision their own version of the big 3 with Bosh, James Harden, and Dwight Howard.
On the other end of the spectrum, LeBron James has made it clear that he wants a max contract. If James decides to sign a max contract with Miami, the Heat will expect Bosh to take a significant pay cut, where he would probably make around $14-million. It is obvious that Bosh isn’t the Heat’s top priority and that they will wait for LeBron to sign before they even attempt to lock up their versatile big man.
Since Bosh has joined Miami, he was asked to take a back seat to D-Wade and LeBron. He changed his style of play to become more of a catch and shoot forward, and actually excelled in his new role. The Heat also had him change his position to center where he was forced to match up against the biggest men in the NBA. He got battered sometimes but sucked it up and fought through the adversity because it was best for his team.
If Bosh decided to accept the big contract with Houston, he would go back to his natural position at power forward, and he would have the best center in the league playing beside him. A Bosh-Howard combination would hands down become the best front court in the NBA. Houston was also the worst mid-range shooting team in the NBA last season and adding Bosh, who was ranked second in shooting percentage from mid-range of all big men in the NBA, would add immediate help.
Another factor to consider, Chris Bosh is 30 years of age. A player such as Bosh receiving a max contract at that age is an absolute steal. He would be crazy if he didn’t accept this deal. The only exception is if LeBron has been communicating with Bosh about his future plans and has made it clear that he wants and expects them to play together in 2014-2015. If this communication isn’t there, Bosh needs to take the money.
The Houston Rockets seem to only be one big piece away from becoming a real championship contender. If they do indeed add Bosh, who already won two rings with the Heat, I would put them as the favorites to potentially dethrone the champion Spurs.