The Miami Heat nearly lost both LeBron James and Chris Bosh this summer. The Houston Rockets came hard after Bosh during free agency, but once James made his decision to return to Cleveland, Miami’s $118 million offer was far too enticing for Bosh to turn down. Per Fox Sports:

“It was kind of nuts,” Bosh said Thursday in an interview with Jonathan Zaslow and Joy Taylor on the “The Ticket Morning Show” in Miami, his first public comments since signing his five-year maximum contract Wednesday. “I remember being in Africa — I was in Ghana — and we were just watching on the Internet and Twitter and all of these things going on and it was like, ‘Man, I think we made the right decision by getting out of the country for a couple of weeks until this settles.’ “

 

However, one report that apparently was true was just how close Bosh was to joining the Houston Rockets once LeBron James had announced his decision to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers on July 11. [...] “It was close, I’m not going to lie,” Bosh admitted. “It was close. It was just a weird situation only 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’s going to be extremely close — even if you don’t leave — in that situation because teams got very aggressive on me. And I guess as soon as LeBron made up his mind, that’s when everything could kind of fall in line. But until then I was just waiting, so I didn’t know what was going on.”