NBA free agency is underway and it is full of unanswered questions. The most coveted free agents this year are LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. Each player opted out of their contracts with the Miami Heat and New York Knicks respectively. Now the NBA is waiting for the domino effect to start, when one of these guys announces their intentions. Will LeBron stay in Miami or go back to Cleveland, or elsewhere? Will Anthony choose to stay in New York, where the Knicks can offer him the most money or will he decide to go play alongside Kobe Bryan in Los Angeles? Will the two duo find a way to play on the same team? A lot of questions fall from the decisions of James and Anthony and a big one is what will Chris Bosh do.
Bosh followed suit in Miami by opting out of his current contract like his teammates Dwyane Wade and LeBron. Everyone, including Bosh is in limbo waiting on what LeBron decides to do. LeBron wants a max contract, something he hasn’t had before and something he more than deserves. In order for the big three to stay together in Miami, both Wade and Bosh would have to take pay cuts again in order for Miami to sign LeBron to a max deal. Many teams around the league are waiting on what James will do while also looking at backup plans. The Houston Rockets are one of those teams looking for a backup plan if James or Anthony don’t ink deals in Houston. The Rockets’ backup plan is Bosh, who they offered a contract of four years worth $88 million dollars, a max deal. Bosh has stated he wants to be paid max money and here is his opportunity to do so. However, it’s not that easy of a decision for Bosh as he still wants to play with LeBron in Miami. Decisions, decisions.
The 30-year old Bosh might not be able to get a max contract again if he elects to take a significant pay-cut to stay in South Beach. Star players shouldn’t have to take less money for other star players, but that is a discussion for another day. So Bosh has two options; he can either take less money and try and continue to win titles in Miami or he can take max money and still have a real good shot at contending for a championship. The Heat have gone to four straight NBA Finals and won two titles in that span. If LeBron decides to stay in Miami, Bosh would still be playing with the best player in the world and more than likely Wade as well to try and make another run at the most prized possession in the NBA. If Miami does offer LeBron the max deal he is seeking, it will limit what they can do in free agency. Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger have both agreed to deals with the Heat, but will that be enough?
The Rockets aren’t out of the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes yet, but it’s not looking likely Melo will choose them, thus causing them to pursue Bosh heavily. It is possibly that is Bosh does indeed go to Houston, Melo would go to Miami to join LeBron. Anthony wants max money too, but the fact he could play with LeBron might be able to change that just a little bit. Bosh would join Dwight Howard and James Harden in Houston if he decides to take the money. He would compliment each guy well, especially Howard who he would compliment well on both ends of the floor. On the defensive end of the floor, Howard could do the dirty work down low that Bosh has had to do in Miami. The two would be able to play pick-and-roll defense and cause havoc for teams around the league. On the offensive end, Bosh would be able to space the floor, as he is a stretch four, thus allowing Howard to see less double-teams. The same concept works for Harden too. Bosh is a good passing big man and would be able to work the pick-and-roll with each of the two stars. Add in the possibility of Houston keeping forward Chandler Parsons and rising point guard in Patrick Beverley and you have a viably championship contender.
No matter where Bosh ends up playing, he will continue to be a key piece to a championship team. Which team would suit Bosh best going forward – the Heat or the Rockets?