When LeBron James announced he was returning to Cleveland today, there were some questions about what Miami was going to do to re-tool. Would they essentially tank for two years to try to free up cap space for 2016, when Kevin Durant and Dwight Howard are slated to become free agents? Who would they bring back, and who else would leave? According to Adrian Wojnarowski, it appears they’re aiming to compete right away:
Chris Bosh is finalizing an agreement to return to Miami on a five-year, $118M deal, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.—
Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 11, 2014
Woj also reports that the team is pushing for a “shorter” deal to keep Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem in Miami. They more or less owe it to them after they opted out in an attempt to keep LeBron; but, given Wade’s defense in the Finals, any deal struck with him may not exactly keep the team viable. It’ll be interesting to see what the team does next, as well as what this means for the Rockets, who had been pursuing Bosh for a four-year max.
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