Wednesday, November 18th, 2009 at 9:00 am  |  51 responses

Chris Bosh Contemplates Life in Miami

by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni

Of all the big free agent names in the heralded class of 2010, Chris Bosh probably gets the least amount of ink spilled about him. But after openly speculating about where he might end up next season, one can expect more than a few questions about impending free agency to be thrown his way, with added vigor.

Bosh, who had a miserable time in Denver last night — he was was held to a season low 13 points, and the Raptors were destroyed by the Nuggets — spoke to FanHouse about the possibility of joining Dwyane Wade in Miami.

Let’s just say that CB4 doesn’t seem opposed to the idea:

“Anything is possible, I guess,” Bosh said. “I guess that seems to be an attractive place, you know, playing with Dwyane and playing in Miami and everything. I guess if they had the right chemistry, the right guys, that they could persuade guys to get there. But we’ll see.”

Obviously, Bosh didn’t say anything groundbreaking there. He’s just keeping all of his options open, with Miami being a particularly attractive one.

Bosh is in the same position as a lot of the other free agents are: the biggest payday can only be offered by his current team. It’ll be interesting to see just how good of a salesman D-Wade is, and if he can convince a superstar buddy or two to join him in South Florida next summer.

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  • ave. joe

    daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamn….y dont they come to toronto???? instead of having just 1 city rooting for them…theyll have ALL OF CANADA!!!


  • riggs

    dwade isnt going to be in miami though

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Cheryl

    What’s the tax on your salary up there, Chris? You do no there’s no state tax down here in Fla, right?

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Cheryl

    And riggs, Wade’s not going anywhere. This town belongs to him, why would he leave that and 30 million on the table?

  • http://fdjklf.com Jukai

    I expect all the big stars (Lebron, Wade, Johnson, Dirk, Pierce) to re-sign… but honestly, I expect Bosh, Amare, and Boozer to be in different area codes. And I bet we’ll see one or two of them in Miami or Cleveland.

  • peter

    How are they going to pay both of these guys?

  • heartlandG

    Why wouldnt they take a pay cut to hoop with each other???

  • cramzy

    they don’t have to take a pay cut. JO’s 20 mill & Qrich’s 8 mill are coming off the books and Dwade is bird righted out. Miami got paper to play with.

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    I thought Bosh realized that him and JO didn’t work..

  • http://fdjklf.com Jukai

    Question: Could they sign Bosh first for max, then re-sign Wade to max and be over the salary cap? I think that’s possible, as long as someone’s willing to foot the bill.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    I guess Boozer could go back to Cleveland now that Gund is gone. That would be amusing.

  • The D Train

    @Jukai: I believe with Wade having his Bird Rights that is exactly what Miami could do. And I’m pretty sure that Riles is going to do just that, probably trying for Lebron first, then when he doesn’t work out, Bosh second. Frankly I cannot see Bosh staying in Canada as opposed to South Beach, even for more scratch.

  • The D Train

    I still have pipe dreams of Wade teaming up with (channeling Ahmad Rashad) my main man Derrick Rose. I know the chances are next to nill that Wade leaves South Beach for the blustery winter wonderland that is Chi-Town, but a boy can dream, right?

  • http://fdjklf.com Jukai

    D Train: I’d prefer a Wade/Amare tandem. Could you imagine how FUN that team would be?

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    And who DOESN’T contemplate life in Miami? No wonder why players don’t want to talk about 2010.

  • Buschfire

    Points in the paint favoured the Nuggets 68-36. Denver blew the game wide open in the second half with a seemingly endless series of uncontested dunks and layins which contributed to their sizzling 61.5 per cent shooting (48/78) on the night.

    With more games like this and no Raps to play solid D fence Bosh will definitley be somewhere else next season…its a shame coz the raps have the ingredients to put it together… too bad for Toronto, they always get the shit end of the stick for being the only team outside the US.

  • http://mbenga-mblog.blogspot.com rish

    Trade him! Colangelo isn’t going to let CB leave that easily. Either a mid-season trade or a sign-and-trade is likely to happen. I hope.

  • Buschfire

    and damn, of course miami sounds appealing I live in Toronto and fine the Summers’ are gorgeous here, but winter is long and ice cold…luckily i Snowboard, and stay in warm gyms and ball….but hell ya i’d love to live in miami, who wouldn’t???!?

  • Buschfire

    @ rish exactly why just let him leave and we get nothing in return? thats just stupid… if he wants to go lets trade him and at least get somthing out of it…

  • Buschfire

    Points in the paint favoured the Nuggets 68-36. Denver blew the game wide open in the second half with a seemingly endless series of uncontested dunks and layins which contributed to their sizzling 61.5 per cent shooting (48/78) on the night.

    With games like this Bosh will definitley be gone soon… we need to play better D on the perimeter and interior… I hope when Reggie Evans comes back it’ll influence the rest of the team to be just as Gritty as he is.

  • tavoris

    @ave joe… Cushy US Tax laws that protect the rich are the way to go. That is the reason why Toronto is NEVER able to attract the marquee free agents.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Cheryl

    And just for GP, sure it’s nice weather down here in South Florida, but living here ain’t the ish, trust. If you’re 20 and single and rich, sure this is paradise. But if you have to do the drudgery thing and work 9-5 and hope for a decent social scene, SoFla really leaves a lot to be desired.

  • iLL wiLL

    I’m contemplating life in Miami too.

  • The D Train

    @Jukai: Wade/Amare would be insanely fun to watch. They would have to replace the rims at half-time of every home game. As long as Amare has someone good to run the pick and roll with him, we’ll all have the pleasure of watching him desecrate dude’s faces on a continuous basis. A Wade-Amare pick and roll would be unstoppable, much like the current Nash-Amare p and r is, but there would no doubt be more explosive results.

  • Grant

    I’ve followed Chris Bosh for his entire career and I think that he likes the franchise-player mantel that he has been carrying ever since VC left Toronto. If he goes to Miami he looses this, and I don’t see him regaining it in Miami the way KG did in Boston. This – plus a good season, a decent playoff run, and some more roster upgrades – might keep Bosh in Toronto.

  • J-City

    Could you imagine Varejao’s face if Amare and Wade played together?


    @ Cheryl: i’m sure your point about miami being rough for those of us who aren’t “special” is true but damn, its still miami. aside from the humidity and the hurricanes there aren’t many downside factors for south fla. mia has always been on my list of places to live. i’m curious, what are the main industries? besides tourism what drives the workforce down there? agriculture maybe?? real estate? (i know its bad for real estate now but i mean in non-recession times)

  • WhereisBisonDele?

    Not sure anything he said in that quote really reflects ‘contemplating life in Miami’…saying they could persuade ‘guys’, not necessarily him.


    Have any of you talking about Miami ever been there? The climate really sucks 7-8 months a year unless yor’re into 100+ degrees and rain. Half the people don’t speak English and it’s MUCH less American than Toronto, in Canada. I’m sure it’s nice if you’re rich and famous but then so are Pittsburg, Cleveland or Buffalo. The rich folks leave during the impossible six months. Working folks are stuck.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    Im so sick of this sh*t. If a coach or team executive (Or Jay Z) were to keep asking Bron and Co. these questions it would be tampering, but when the media cant find anything better to write about its okay? There should be a fine for players who discuss playing for another team while under contract. Its insulting to their fans and teammates who are expected to be loyal to them. Of course this only solves half the problem because you cant fine the media, but once the subject is taken off the table theyd have to find something better to write about.

  • http://www.twitter.com/JoshElam JE

    Russ: Gund? Is that a nickname for Paul Silas? Just never heard it before..

  • http://nicekicks.com MeloMan2.0

    Bosh deserves better than this… but that being said… Pleasssse stayyy

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I don’t like the idea of a fine only because it places the onus on the players to solve a problem they didn’t create.
    The problem is that the NBA has shown a willingness to issue fines to players who refuse to “cooperate” with the media. I don’t really know how the league defines “cooperate” since Rasheed and Arenas were both fined for not giving good answers, not for just refusing to talk in general.
    I agree that this is tedious and lazy, but I don’t think the players should be punished for media failings.

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    Russ: Do you mean Grimace?

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    GORDON GUND. The former owner? The blind guy he stabbed in the back? Y’all have some short memories.

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    Yes they do russ. But u gotta remember that was what? 5 yrs ago? These guys were 9 then. Bosh would fit infinitely better with wade than amare, mostly cuz of the fact he plays defense

  • http://www.slamonline.com JL

    not sure if bosh plays better defense than amare… i’d say they are about even.

  • cool j

    If you are a young rich allstar baller,Miami would be like paradise.Sunshine,the women…even as a Raps fan I recognise the attraction.I have said it a long time ago,the Raps should or should’ve traded Bosh for Dirk Nowitsky.We wouldn’t be going that little dance every 3 or 4 years!
    Colengelo has been moving in the direction,get most of your skill players from Europe.Get all your rebounder ,post and gritty players from the state.Thus you will have a balanced team.

  • tavoris

    I thought Bosh was secretly wishing to go to Texas next summer.

  • NUPE

    My guess is Bron and D-wade stay, Bosh and Amare go (maybe to Cavs & Heat). Bron/Wade are somewhat holding thier teams hostage and pretty much demanding that they bring in another star or two, both these guys are league leaders who other players want to play with. IF Bron or Wade were to end up in NY (that’s a doubtful but possible if) then I think it would be some kind of package where Bosh or Amare were going to be there too. Superstars talk with each other all the time and they pull the stings just as much as coach’s and GMs do so anything is possible – if somebody is willing to take 25 mil instead of 30.

  • http://www.sixers.com 360vue

    Was it on SLAM that I read that CB looks like some sort of dinosaur? I wanted Amar’e and Flash, but Bosh is just as good, better I’d think, just wouldn’t be nearly as pleasing on the eye. DWade isn’t going anywhere, whoever said he is jumpin ship, Miami is his town.

  • matt

    wow so much ignorance here it hurts

    and how did that quote show anything? if anything he sounded negative about it.

    do you want to do something?
    sure, yeah, i guess. i mean i could do something, i suppose.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    JE Posted: Nov.18 at 2:11 pm
    Russ: Gund? Is that a nickname for Paul Silas? Just never heard it before..
    GORDON GUND!! He was like the NBA team owners version of Dr Xavier (of X-Men fame). He was a pretty great hearald for basketball (HE WAS BLIND!) and he used to come to the home games of CLeveland (he owned them!) and talk about “listening” when MJ played there he described him as this ‘whirling dervish’ with a tongue sticking out…you know he probably had the most accurate mental picture of MJ backin the day. I can’t believe how young all these guys must be…Russ would be ssiped at you lot!

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    Bosh is terrible as stirring up interest in his free agency. Just do the following and you’ve got plenty of hype and speculation:
    1. Confirm and deny your love for your home city at the same time
    2. Smile when talking about free agency, then pick out 1 random reporter and get annoyed when he/she asks you about free agency
    3. Speculate. Say you like your destination of choice – wear sports teams’ hats, attend their games, etc.
    4. Deny direct quotes that you’ve made about free agency – everyone loves a tease.
    5. Mention 2010 as much as you can (like Rudy Giuliani does for 9/11). Then when it comes to 2010, just say you were excited about Valentine’s Day or something.
    6. Say you won’t talk about free agency anymore.
    7. Talk about free agency

  • http://www.twitter.com/JoshElam JE

    Oh yeah, Gordon Gund….Gund arena. My bad. And Tarzan, I was 15.

  • TC

    When I win the lottery, I want to move to Miami, maybe marry a few latino chicks and hang out on the beach every week…..

  • http://N/A Westy

    It can’t be too hard for him to contemplate. I mean, hanging on South Beach with hotties compared to cold arse Canada. Nice trade, and if the compensation is decent, I think he’ll jump at it.

  • http://www.gmail.com melorush

    man if that happens miami will have an amazing team with JO,Bosh,Wade,B-easy,chalmers..

  • Baguma

    ship JO’s ass out of miami and sign CB4. i believe the heat can afford wade and bosh if they get rid of the likes of oneal.

  • http://slamonline.com Pissed Raptor Fan

    @Cheryl, Chris doesn’t get taxed, his main residence is in Dallas.

  • http://whotheman.com Matt