Chris Bosh seems ready to take a max offer from the Houston Rockets if LeBron decides he’s leaving the Heat, multiple outlets are reporting. Houston, which has long coveted a stretch 4 power forward to pair next to Dwight Howard, is offering Bosh about 4-years and $80 million. Bosh, who improved as a defensive player with the Heat, would fit in nicely alongside Howard, who was 7th in blocked shots in the NBA last season.
The Rockets were an embarrassment defensively in the first round against the Blazers, giving up over 112 points in each of the first four games en route to a 3-1 deficit. They eventually lost the series in six games.
But Bosh isn’t going to Houston … unless LeBron tells the Heat they haven’t done enough of a job improving the team’s role players.
And to that end, the Heat just announced that they’ve spent the bulk of their free agency money on … Charlotte’s Josh McRoberts. You’re probably most familiar with Josh McRoberts, the high school superstar who once was the MVP of the McDonald’s All-American game. That may have been the apex of his career. He went on to Duke, underwhelmed a bit, and slipped to a second round draft pick when he left after two seasons.
He’s played on five teams in seven seasons in the league, and last year, turned into a promising stretch 4 in Charlotte.
Pat Riley, clearly feeling pressure to do something, also just inked Danny Granger to a 2-year, $4.2 million deal. In 2009 and 2010, Danny Granger was one of the better small forwards in the league, a gunner who was a Top 10 scorer. He made an All-Star team. But life after injuries has been difficult, and he shot a poor 5-of-22 on three-pointers in the playoffs last season for the Clippers, and was barely able to get off the bench.
LeBron, you’ve given Pat Riley a week, and that’s what he’s done – Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger. You impressed enough to stay and go for another title? You’ll win the East with those guys, but you didn’t need them for that, and you could do that with the Cavs. Oh, and you’ll be putting a lot more miles on your legs carrying this team (again).
My gut says LeBron stays, and I’ll feel bad for him if he makes that decision because long-term, I don’t think it’s the right move.
I hope he leaves.