Chris Bosh is wearing his intentions on his sleeve. Though the Miami Heat forward will become a free agent this offseason, he's willing to accept less money to keep the Big 3 with Dwyane Wade and LeBron James together "if that's what it takes."
Before Game 5 on Wednesday in the East finals at the Indiana Pacers, Bosh was forthcoming on The Dan LeBatard Show. “Yeah, I mean, I don’t want to go anywhere. I like it here. It’s Miami. Everybody wants to come here. Yeah."
Of course, if the Heat fail to three-peat that could change everything. Last year they were on the verge of losing to the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals, trailing 3-2 in the series. The Heat, however, won the next two games and it was widely acknowledged among the players and front office that some changes likely would've taken place.
Udonis Haslem and Chris Anderson have player options for next season. If they don't act to opt out, those will automatically renew. Ray Allen and Mario Chalmers are unrestricted.
The Heat are under the luxury tax so Bosh should get what he's owed if they stay together. All of the Big 3 took a little less than the maximum they would've commanded in the open market to make this experiment work. And if you win three, why not go for four?
For teams such as the Wizards, who are hoping to become playoff mainstays after advancing to the second round this season, that would make the prospects of getting deeper much tougher. If the Heat were to disband, coupled with the Pacers possibly being on the downturn, it could make the East a wide-open race.