Bosh optimistic that new-look Heat roster can remain competitive.
Miami Heat star Chris Bosh has revealed that he came close to leaving the franchise earlier this month after LeBron James left for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Bosh made his decision just hours after James announced his move, signing a new five-year deal worth $118m despite being pursued by the Houston Rockets.
However, the veteran has now revealed that the thought of starting a new challenge elsewhere was a genuine option as the situation dragged out and he was unaware of what James would decide to do.
“It was close. I’m not going to lie,” Bosh said on “The Zaslow and Joy Show” on FM 104.3 The Ticket in Miami.
“It was close. It was a weird situation because we were waiting so long and I didn’t know what was going on.
“I think you’re always in a situation where it is close even if you don’t leave because teams got very aggressive on me. And I guess as soon as LeBron made up his mind, that’s when everything could fall in line. But I was just waiting, so I didn’t know what was going on.”
Nevertheless, having now confirmed his long-term future at the AA Arena, Bosh insists that he is confident that the roster constructed by president Pat Riley this off-season is capable of being competitive in the Eastern Conference.
Riley revealed that he is planning to make significant moves in the 2016 free agency market, but ultimately he feels as though they can cope with the loss of James in the short-term and continue to compete for a championship.
Bosh echoed those sentiments and has been left impressed with the arrivals of Josh McRoberts, Luol Deng, Shabazz Napier and Danny Granger, while the franchise also re-signed Dwyane Wade, Mario Chalmers, Norris Cole and Chris Andersen.
While there were some critics over the financial aspect of Bosh’s new deal, he will be determined to prove that he is worth the investment as Miami look to make an immediate return to the NBA Finals next season.