The one member of the Miami Heat’s Big 3 that is considered to be most likely to opt out of his deal and potentially leave as a free agent this summer is Chris Bosh. LeBron James leaving Miami is a stretch to say the least and Dwyane Wade isn’t going anywhere, but Bosh taking his talents elsewhere seems realistic.
Although nothing is set in stone and anything can happen if the Heat fail to win a third straight NBA title this season, Bosh maintains that he wants to stay in Miami and is willing to take a pay cut in order to do so, according to Jason Lieser of The Palm Beach Post:
Bosh was asked about his upcoming opportunity to leave in free agency during an appearance on The Dan LeBatard Show this afternoon and said, “Yeah, I mean, I don’t want to go anywhere. I like it here. It’s Miami. Everybody wants to come here. Yeah.”
When asked if he would accept a below-market offer from the Heat, he answered, “If that’s what it takes.”
The Los Angeles Lakers were rumored to be a potential landing spot for Bosh if he became a free agent this summer. With Pau Gasol possibly leaving the team this summer, Bosh would be a good fit in Los Angeles and may still be on the team’s radar if things change moving forward.
Despite rumors of Bosh potentially leaving Miami, all indications point to the Heat’s Big 3 staying intact for a little while longer. It’ll be interesting to see how the deals are structured for LeBron, Wade and Bosh, but it seems like it might be an easy process for Pat Riley and company with all parties involved seemingly wanting to stick together.
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