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Wednesday, July 7th, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  86 responses

Chris Bosh: Miami Bound

The Heat is definitely on.

ESPN‘s sources say it’s a done deal, and that Bosh will soon be a member of the Heat: “Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are teaming up together on the Miami Heat, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Whether LeBron James, the kingpin of this summer’s celebrated free agent class, will join them remains to be seen … Wade and Bosh are expected to announce their decision on Wednesday, according to the source.  It was not immediately clear whether Bosh will sign with Miami outright or join the Heat through a sign-and-trade deal. Bosh could earn $125 million over six years via sign-and-trade, but only $96 million over five without it. ‘Either way, he’s definitely going to Miami,’ the source said.”

UPDATE: In addition to ESPN’s report, the Miami Herald, Sun-Sentinel and Yahoo!, have all jumped on board with confirming reports. Miami is now in in position to secure free agency’s premier Trifecta by adding Cleveland superstar LeBron James.

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Hi.

  • rayray

    Should be interesting…
    Lebron will stay.

  • robz

    DWADE + LJ23 (hopefully) + CB4 = heat dynasty

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Hello.

  • jumpman3244

    This alone may be enough to keep Wade, but not enough for a title. Is Wade staying in MIA a foregone conclusion at this point? Even with his custody issues? Also, I don’t believe ESPN for a minute these days.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Hi haters.

  • http://www.myspace.com/royaltyoftommorow Tommy

    depends on who they put around them. a sign and trade with them, who did they give up? if they kept beasley and lebron doesnt sign with them, they will be able to get a shooter and prolly go after brendan haywoode

  • jumpman3244

    How do you think this effects the LBJ announcement? Is MIA back in the mix?

  • mike

    It’s official!!!!!!!!

  • Fat Lever

    If anyone thinks Lebron is going to MIA with the above knowledge, they are a fool. Can’t see him returning to Cleveland, considering that it’s essentially the same roster as before, and all the marquee complimentary pieces are off the board at this point. I think it’s either Chicago or NYK, with Chicago in the lead. Good move for MIA bringing Bosh in, but I think the key now is getting a solid PG that can get these guys the ball where they want it.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    How many years has it been since the Chicago fires?

  • slamfan4life

    thanks Eboy, but chicagos gonna be fine regardless of this deal

    congrats to MIA fans, Bosh is sick

    Even if LeBron doesn’t chooce Chi, they WILL improve…..no matter what

  • http://thekobebeef.wordpress.com LDR4

    Bosh is now very Miami bound. Once he and Wade officially sign with the Heat, Miami will have like 5 players under contract for next year.

  • Kap

    @Fat Lever…U gotta think NY is in the lead. Forbes estimated he could earn a BILLION dollars in NY plus they have Amare, Gallinari, Chandler and some cap room left and they could sign and trade Lee for some extra pieces like Ellis or Jefferson/Flynn.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah………..the BEST PAIR IN THE NBA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    NY – Amare and Gallo
    Clev – Mo and Jamison
    Chi – Rose and Noah
    Mia – Wade and Bosh

    Hmmmm…..where to go, where to go?

  • ai come back

    bs bosh in cleveland or in chicago

  • Kap

    Lebron could average damn near a triple double playing in D’Antoni’s system. There are so many positives for Lebron if he signs with NY…

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    ^already does that.

  • Fat Lever

    Sorry, I just don’t see a D’Antoni team winning a title. They play absolutely no D, which is fun to watch and all, but eventually exposes them the deeper they go in the playoffs. I think it’s Chicago. If it’s truly about winning titles, Bron shouldn’t sign with NY.

  • http://www.shawnkemp.com JACO

    As a heat fan I am dancing in happiness hearing this but i gotta feel bad for bulls fans now cause they probably could have had dwyane or lebron or bosh but now it seems like they wont get anything

  • Kap

    @Fat lever…Its all about money and fame at the end of the day. Winning would just be icing on the cake.

  • Fat Lever

    I’ll tell you who I think would be the real perfect fit on that Bulls team. Better than Lebron or Wade or Bosh. Melo. If the Bulls lose out, I wouldn’t be worried, cause if I were the GM, I’d be setting my sights on getting Melo.

  • http://www.bugshots.info LeoneL

    Elton Brand and Baron Davis anyone?

  • The D Train

    Eboy’s constant Rose-Noah bashing is great. Good stuff. Congrats on getting Bosh to team up with Wade. Not sure it makes them an Eastern Conference power until we see how they fill out the roster, but those two should form a pretty nice pair. Also should note that if Wade and Bosh had signed in Chicago, that would have been a pretty nice foursome. As I mentioned previously, I just couldn’t see any of those cats leaving tons of extra dough on the table, regardless of where their children might live part-time.

  • The D Train

    @JACO: Bulls fan here. Not to worry, we can still sign Randy Foye!

  • slamfan4life

    Damn Eboy, pouring salt on them wounds for us Bulls fans!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Since the season ended, all I’ve heard is that the Bulls were going to catapult into the stratosphere buy adding someone (or two) big and that the Heat would dissolve into nothingness ’cause Wade had no reason to stay in Miami. Yeah….I should stay quiet, you guys are right.

  • The D Train

    Eboy’s Laker-fan bashing has apparently turned him to the dark side. His Lake-fan’esque comments are filled with vitriol and smarminess the likes of which haven’t been seen since the responses to some of us (cough, cough) bashing Kobe for his 6-24, Game 7 showing.

  • Nashty

    There is no way Lebron will go to Miami now. If he goes there, they would win like 5 championships…but everyone will say Lebron can’t do it by himself. And as much as Lebron likes to win, he cannot have that asterisk on his legacy. I say he goes to NY.

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

    Bron ain’t staying. You take two minutes to stay, you take an hourlong ESPN special to say goodbye. The charity bit makes him look like less of a jerk. He ain’t playing in Miami either. Not exactly a show of solidarity or selfessness to have two separate press conferences is it?

  • http://www.lacuevacrosscountry.com Slick Nick Da Ruler

    I hope Haslem can stay with MIA, they now need a 3rd scorer and a defensive 3. Eboy, is Beasley staying put? How does his role evolve in MIA?

  • The D Train

    Well, the whispers have definitely grown much louder for NY in the last day or so. But as a Bulls fan who had the media screaming that Lebron was going to Chi, and maybe bringing Wade and/or Bosh with him, don’t believe the hype. All that aside, watching Lebron and Amare play pitch and catch on the pick and roll might be the single most entertaining play in the NBA. The amount of thunder being brought down on opponents would be other-worldly.

  • Kap

    The more I thnk about it the more I believe LBJ will sign with Miami unfortunately…

  • http://twincityslim@yahoo.com Jahi

    I guess the owner of the Nets called this before most. This pretty much ensures that Lebron James will join the Knicks or Nets tomorrow. His heart is in Cleveland, but they can’t surround him with enough talent, as the superstars do not want to play in Cleveland, period.

  • The D Train

    You know, Kap, there would be a certain amount of humor in that. Centerpiece Bosh and King James riding Wade’s coattails.

  • Kap

    I thnk it would be more interesting if LBJ signed with NY though…Wade vs Lebron and Bosh vs Stoudemire

  • ccantrell

    still dont see bosh going to miami.. if he does bron
    will most likely still end up with the bulls to team
    with rose and noah and, regardless of that idiot eboy
    might think, form one of the top teams in the leage..
    if only bosh would follow bron to chi-town.. it would
    be the best thing for both of them to do

  • ai come back

    YO JAHI, THE BULLS???!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Bulls fans have BEEN bitter since 1998, there is no hurting my feelings ’cause ya’ll’s management team sucks the proverbial “hairy d*ck”. Stop hating.

  • cp3fan

    Still no guarantee of a championship even if LeBron joins them. Still not better than the Lakers. Still have to deal with the Magic and the Celtics. Who are they going to put around those guys with the money that they have left?

  • rikson

    lol @ LeoneL

  • T-Money

    Cats have no idea of how dominant Miami would be with these 3 guys. No idea. Not sure Bron WANTS to do it but if he does, it’s going to be ugly.

  • Hawkace22

    Lebron to knicks

  • ccantrell

    @eboy.. get off this site n take your filthy trash
    talking with u

  • Ronald

    If Bron does go to Miami, I wonder how much all 3 are leaving on the table.

  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    It would be interesting to see bron/bosh/wade on the same team. I think bosh’s stats would pretty much stay where they have been for the last couple years, but seems like something would have to give between bron/wade. The big 3 in boston realized that and it worked, but they were ‘mature’ when they came to the realization that each needs to give up personal stats for the good of the team, I’m not sure wade/bron are ready for that. Then again, since they don’t have any other talent on the team, maybe they don’t have to give up too much. Bron by himself was able to make the playoffs, Wade by himself made the playoffs so with these two together with Bosh, they’ll def make the playoffs, but I’m not sure they get a ring without good talent around them. I think the worst case scenario for Bron is to go to Miami and not win a ring or three. On the other hand, if he stays in Cleveland and wins a ring then he’s considered one of the greatest ever (although personally I believe the rings argument is stupid and invalid). If he stays and never wins a ring, he’s still a hero that was loyal to a team that never had the management to put everything around him. I think he goes to NJ where he can be the man and ‘take a risk’ by building another franchise that’s willing to put talent around him.

  • flash

    Woohooo! i’m liking this so much!!! South beach dynasty in the making!
    i also see LBJ signing with the knicks because the cavs couldn’t get bosh and that’s what the king really wanted, legitimate help.
    but they couldn’t have him so there is no reason for him to come back anymore.
    as for NY, New york is basketball! and the fans will love him as much as they did in Akron, maybe even better given that they are very much in need of a savior, a hero or a KING to rule their kingdom!
    LBJ-AMARE vs WADE-BOSH! N.Y. vs MIA rivalry 2K!

  • vtrobot

    this is the eastern conf. we’re talking about. this move makes them an eastern conf. power. i think bosh will play really well with someone as good as d. wade. bosh played amazingly at the olympics. it will be nice to see the guy play on TV more ’cause they haven’t been showing a ton of nationally televised raps games the past several years. (did i just not watch them?) now the dude just needs a get a hair cut and really start fresh. those braids don’t really help when shaq is calling you rupaul.

  • http://www.facebook.com/JustinRColeFL Justin

    So, when will Erik Spolestra hold a press conference saying that he is quitting coaching to spend more time with his family?

  • Scottie Pimpin

    i didnt really want russian spy wade or megasuperstar bosh on the bulls anyways. we’re still good.

  • Booyah

    Miami fans – enjoy Bosh’s soft mid-range game plus one 3 a night. Don’t expect weakside help, any blocked shots on people his height, or crashing for tough rebounds! Guaranteed 2-3 injuries per 5 years. Go Heat!

  • magicmic

    Bloody hell, Rupaul is not a key factor or force down low at all! Ok he’s a versatile big man offensively, can shot, occasional post up game but he can’t play D to save he’s life!

    Guys like Tim Duncan will have a field day with Rupaul down low and D’Howard would eat him up….actually anyone over 180 lbs will! lol

  • http://slamonline.com JL

    dang myles, your comment was so insightful it broke the boundaries of the comment box!

    I think if Bosh does a sign and trade, then lebron has the chance to go to the heat. either way that’s a good idea as it allows them to bring in a center a la brendan haywood. then they can resign dorrell wright and give him PT that he deserves, and start chalmers at PG. That’s better than BOS’s starting five only cuz the big 3 are younger and better too. Rondo and Perkins (well he’s out for at least half the season now) are better than wright and chalmers, but still cant’ make up for LBJ and wade and bosh better than pierce KG and allen at their respective stages of their career. heck, even if it was at their primes they’re still not as good as the potential heat big 3.

  • http://music.entelleckt.com entelleckt

    if LeBron goes to Miami, there only a few pieces left. Look at the classic championship formula:

    2.5 Superstars
    MIA: Wade, James, Bosh
    LAL: Kobe, Gasol, Artest
    BOS: Pierce, Garnett, Allen
    Jordan Bulls: Jordan, Pippen, Rodman
    Rebounding Bigs (preferably w/mid-range)
    MIA: Bosh, Haslem, ?
    LAL: Bynum, Gasol, Odom
    BOS: Garnett, Perkins, Davis
    Jordan Bulls: H. Grant, Longley, Rodman
    Battery of 3pt Shooters
    MIA: Cook, Richardson, Chalmers, ?
    LAL: Fisher, Vujacic, Farmar, Brown, Ariza
    BOS: Posey, Allen, House, Pierce
    Jordan Bulls: Kerr, Paxon, Armstrong, Kukoc
    Defensive Specialist:
    MIA: Chalmers, ?
    LAL: Artest, Fisher (even though he’s a flopper), Ariza
    BOS: Rondo, Posey
    Jordan Bulls: almost anyone on the team that wasn’t a 3pt shooter
    Good Coach
    MIA: Pat Riley
    LAL: Phil Jackson
    BOS: Doc Rivers
    Jordan Bulls: Phil Jackson

  • tom

    I am lovin` it!!

    and i´m happy for eboy, don´t know why though :) )

    btw, I still believe lebron will stay in cle even if those other options are very attractive. I just can´t imagine him not being the king (wade is in “his county” and prince bosh) on his team.

    NICE OFFSEASON SO FAR!!

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

    Trade for chris quinn

  • http://twitter.com/darrellma dma

    OK so let’s say Lebron doesn’t get to Miami, which he won’t. Heat will still be under the cap. Sign some 2nd tier player like Mike Miller or Brendan Haywood and while still under the cap, make a trade for Gilbert Arenas.

  • Harry Mo Lester

    Good Luck CB we’ll miss you in Toronto…you deserve to win..if you can play a full season

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    F*ck you Bosh, turning down $30M because of 41 home games in Cleveland.

  • redrowdy0

    well i guess rockets fans are just gonna have to put their faith in scola and patterson at the pf and thats fine with me. i wanted bosh but im excited to see patrick patterson play with rick adlemans team

  • http://www.slamonline.com riggs

    Justins comment FTW

  • Chris?

    Called it 3 years ago after Gasol was traded, Bosh was destined to be a Gasol, not a superstar.

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  • Chris

    Well. The questions now becomes… can LBJ share a team with Wade, or will his ego get in the way.

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    No, the question now is who does Toronto boo louder? Bosh, Vince, or Hedo? For the first time ever, Raptor/Heat games in the ACC will be boo-ed on offense and defense.

  • Exile

    Anton…. Why the hell would Toronto Boo Bosh?

  • DKM

    “There is no way Lebron will go to Miami now. If he goes there, they would win like 5 championships…but everyone will say Lebron can’t do it by himself.”

    Lebron has already shown he can’t do it by himself.

  • C-Lo_The_Great

    well he gave up on his team at the end of the season when fighting for a playoff spot

  • http://www.nba.com/sun Dacre

    Exile – The rule of thumb is that if you percieve your ‘best’ player sells out and wants to get off the sinking ship known as your home team then you by the unwritten law of sportsmanship must boo them when said player visits with new team. It’s not something we are familiar with as Suns fans but I’m sure e could work on something with Amar’e. We’d just as much settle for the 127-113 win.

  • Shem

    Anyone that says the Bulls haven’t done much since 98 and the fans should be angry needs to look at the Raps. 15 years of existance, 1 second round appearance and a couple of first round exits. Mainly watching the playoffs from their couch. Now that Bosh is gone (probably for nothing, so there’s cap room for Bron and the Raps aren’t interested in a sign and trade due to Bosh’s twitter account) this could possibly be the 3rd franchise player we’ve given up for nothing. Vince Carter, TMAC, CB4. Damn, I guess we’re in a rebuilding stage. The worst part is, that all the teams we we’re competing for for the 5th seed are just getting better. Bucks added Maggette and re-signed Salmons, Heat added Bosh obviously, Bobcats well they ain’t doing much but they’re still better and now the Bulls added Boozer. To top it off the teams that didn’t even make the playoffs last year got better. Knicks adding Amar’e, Wizards and Wall, Nets gaining experience. It’s just not a good time to be a Raptors fan..

  • rich

    toronto fans boo everyone trust me, its lashing out frustrations for how bad the leafs are

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

    Theres an nba team in canada?

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    And the Raptors get nothing in return? They should have at least signed and traded Bosh to Minnesota for Al Jefferson! SMH.

  • liam

    as a miami fan i wouldnt mind at all if we brought back alot of last years 47win top-ranked defense in the nba team to surround wade and bosh with…….. we have last years team but upgraded our 2nd option IMMENSELY, plus Wade will be as good as he was in 08-09 show up in 110% top shape motivated as hell to win big, unlike first half of 09-10………. and so we upgraded huge at the PF spot, so we should trade Beasley for more help while bringing back guys like Oneal and Joel and Qrich and Wright to be roleplayers…… wouldnt mind seeing beasley and jermaine go to dallas for haywood and jason terry (terry expires after this year right? so he could be our 3rd option and pg and if we dont win it all we need more upgrading next summer, much like summer of 05)

    Either way Wade most likely wins the MVP award next year

  • http://NBA.com S.Man

    Ten years as a Raptor fan and we’re right back to square one. F*ck.

  • Bruno

    there-s no way Lebron is goin to Miami … and by the way Bosh sucks!!!

  • Slick Ric23

    @Eboy: calm yo lame ass down. miami organizations and FANS still suck loser.

  • fonz

    I dont know why everyone keeps saying that the combination of Wade/Bosh or Stat/Chandler/Galliarni are better than the Combo of Harris/Lee/Lopez or Rose/Deng/Gibson/Boozer/Noah.
    Yes I have a Bulls bias but they are the better fit for Lebron to win now. The combo of the “Dream Team” Wade Bosh and Lebron would not work because wade and Lebron would need the ball to much and whatever happened to bosh wanting to be centerpiece of the team. He is clearly second choice right now and would be 3rd choice with Lebron coming.
    And sure Lebron would average a triple double ith Dantoni but Lebron could average a triple double aneywhere else as well.
    And the Nets look nice but lets not forget that they did only win 12 games and find ways to lose games just like the knicks.
    And with the bulls you clearly have it all a young superstar pg who isnt afraid to share the ball or take over the game if needed, a rising center, an allstar in boozer who can take it in the hole and releive lebron of some pressure when he drives in, gibson who is on his way to becoming the next boozer and deng who is a bit overrated but can knock down that jumpshot when wide open-which he will be if lebron comes.

  • kousinkar

    I’m a diehard Knicks fan and I think Chicago is clearly the best basketball/legacy destination for Lebron (MJ shadow stuff is nonsense – he will be taking MJs throne and reviving the Bulls’ legacy), but I also think that anybody that feels that DWade and Lebron couldn’t work together is crazy. They both know how to move off the ball, and I can only imagine how many backdoor alley-oops those two would combine for. And given their excellent rebounding capabilities, I can also easily imagine how often DWade or Bron would pick up long rebounds and start the fast break while the other leaks out for the highlight finish.

  • http://www.nba.com/sun Dacre

    LeBron is going to the Nyets.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Slickric: just another dick.

  • Shem

    http://realgm.com/src_wiretap_archives/67957/20100708/multiple_reports_lebron_plans_to_choose_miami_heat/

    The Heat will be a dynasty if this goes down, not only are these offensive phenoms but each and every one of them can play D! Also think of this, one of these players will always get the 3rd best player guarding them night in and night out. That’s a BIG difference from last year where they always had that lockdown defender on them. Teams will have to pick their poison. Say the Heat meat the Magic in the conference finals.. Bosh will be guarded by Howard, LeBron will be guarded by Barnes and Wade will be guarded by Vince Carter? This also doesn’t allow the Magic to play Redick because usually Redick would Quentin Richardson if these two teams played. I don’t know guys, this is arguably the best top 3 combo in the history of the NBA (I’m already proclaiming them the best ever but it hasn’t happened yet ahahah sorry but I have a feeling LeBRON is going)

  • Aaron

    Bosh and Wade will do work. I just hope the Lebron show doesn’t spoil it.

  • http://twincityslim@yahoo.com Jahi

    Chris Bosh should have signed with the Houston Rockets. Likewise, I believe this means that LeBron James is joining the Knicks. The biggest name in basketball playing in the capitol of Western civilization. The big apple move will be good for the NBA and LeBron James. For this reason, I still believe the Nets can get him too.

  • Slick Ric23

    Eboy just another loser

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