The biggest date of the summer, July 10, has arrived. Contracts can now be signed, trades can be completed and the NBA will be forever altered as big names and role players find new homes.
In the curious case of Chris Bosh, there are just two options: returning to the Miami Heat and departing for the Houston Rockets.
With no Hakeem Olajuwon pun intended, Bosh to the Rockets would be a dream fit.
Bosh is one of the most polarizing figures in the NBA. He’s respected by his peers, owns nine All-Star Game appearances and two NBA Championships, but has also seem a steep—and I mean steep—decline in production since going from the Toronto Raptors to the Heat.
Bosh averaged 24.0 points and 10.8 rebounds in 2009-10, his final season with Toronto, but tallied just 16.6 points and 6.2 rebounds in 2013-14 with Miami.
Nevertheless, Bosh is being valued as a max contract player. At 30 years of age, he’s proven to be one of the most clutch and dependable players in critical game situations.
That’s enough for teams to covet him as a player who can return to his All-NBA form production-wise.
Such was made evident when the Rockets offered Bosh a maximum contract worth $88 million over the span of four years. The headlines haven’t stopped since, suggesting that Bosh both will and will not be going to Houston.
If James does choose to leave the Heat, free agent Chris Bosh will sign with theHouston 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.
Bosh could be working on something of a deadline. The Rockets have until Sunday, July 13 to match the three-year, $45 million contract offer sheet that the Dallas Mavericks reportedly handed to restricted free agent Chandler Parsons.
Jonathan Feigen of The Houston Chronicle reports that the Rockets intend to bring both Parsons and Bosh to Houston.
If Rockets get Bosh and can do both in time, they’d match Parsons’ offer sheet, per source. If don’t get Bosh, tough, close call on Parsons.
— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) July 10, 2014
It’s going to be a wild summer.
As Bosh weighs his options, he’ll inevitably consider everything that he’s achieved with the Heat over the past four seasons. He’ll also acknowledge how promising the Rockets are as a young and already successful unit.
When it’s all said and done, Bosh’s best fit is in Houston. This is why.