James, Wade and Bosh all expected to stay in Miami…
Miami Heat center Chris Bosh has revealed that it is his intention to remain with the franchise beyond this summer despite being able to opt out of his deal.
Fellow Heat stars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade also have contract opt-outs before June 30, but while the duo have been more reserved about their decision and insist that they will make it public after the season has concluded, Bosh has been more forthcoming.
The former Toronto Raptors star has previously commented on his future, stating that he doesn’t intend on going anywhere despite the possibility of becoming a free agent if he chooses to.
“I don’t want to go anywhere. I like it here. It’s Miami,” Bosh said, as reported by ESPN.
“Everybody wants to come here. Yeah.”
Bosh has two seasons and $42m left on his contract with the Heat but can opt out before June 30 and become an unrestricted free agent.
He would likely have multiple interested parties including the likes of the Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers were he to decide against staying in Miami, but ultimately it appears as though he is fairly certain about where he sees his future.
The eight-time All-Star could sign a five-year contract worth in excess of $100m if he becomes a free agent, but he could also choose to do what he did in 2010 when he accepted less than the max contract to sign with Miami, taking a six-year deal worth $110m with an opt-out.
He indicated that he would be open to that option again, but essentially he told reporters that the conversation was for a later date and he will now focus on the rest of the season first.