Bosh Signs Massive Extension with Heat

His teammate may have returned home, but Chris Bosh is keeping his talents in South Beach.

Immediately after LeBron James announced his intentions of rejoining the Cavaliers, Miami increased its offer to its other free agent forward. 

Presented with a five-year $118 million contract offer from the Heat, a deal that proved to be enough for Bosh to reject the four-year $88 million the Rockets were willing to give him.

Ever since the trio of James, Bosh and Dwyane Wade teamed up, coach Erik Spoelstra always emphasized the play of the 6-foot-11 forward was the most critical for the Heat.

Following the departure of James, a four-time MVP award winner, Bosh will have an opportunity to prove his coach correct.

Few players have been willing to sacrifice as much as Bosh for an organization.

After establishing himself as a dominant post player capable of averaging over 20 points and 10 rebounds a game in Toronto, the former Georgia Tech star completely adjusted his game to create more driving lanes for James and Wade to attack the rim.

By spending so much of his time on the perimeter, Bosh had few chances to set up in the post or earn trips to the free throw line.

Chris Bosh has averaged 17.3 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists a game since signing with Miami.

Each season he spent in Miami, Bosh attempted fewer foul shots, dipping to just 272 attempts last year, the fewest of his 11-year career.

Free throw shooting is one of the strengths of his game, as he is a career 80 percent free throw shooter, higher averages than James and Wade.

Each night, Bosh has been forced to play out of position, lining up at center, but then having to play much of his offensive game from beyond the arc.

The 6-foot-10 player launched 218 attempts from beyond for the Heat last year, 50 more than he totaled during his seven year stint in Toronto.

Along with his willingness to completely adjust his style of play to better suit the team, Bosh stated he would take a pay cut to help keep a the core roster, which represented the Eastern Conference in the NBA Final four straight years, in tact.

Once James agreed to join Cleveland, the Heat immediately increased its offer to keep Bosh.

The addition of Bosh gives Miami six players under contract, with Wade still an unrestricted free agent.

Four years ago, Wade was the player that orchestrated the trio of stars to form together, but reports have surfaced about a possible return home for him.

Chicago is now hoping to land the 10-time All-Star guard that has spent his entire career in Miami.

Chris Bosh is just one of six players now under contract to play for the Heat next season.

Bosh rejected the opportunity to return home, as the native of Texas decided not to join the Rockets, a team that shed as much salary as possible to obtain him.

Houston believed a new trio, this time with James Harden, Dwight Howard and Bosh would be enough to truly emerge as a title contender.

Instead, Bosh remained in Miami, hoping to keep the team as one of the league’s elite, even without the presence of James.

San Antonio exposed many of the weaknesses of the Heat’s roster, specifically its lack of depth.

Team president Pat Riley must now address those concerns while finding a way to keep Wade with the team.

One of the first moves will to be adjust the philosophy of the team, shifting Bosh back into the post and making him the focal point of offensive attack.

Phoenix point guard Eric Bledsoe could be a top priority for the team, but landing him may be difficult.

Bledsoe is a restricted free agent and the Suns have repeatedly stated they will match any offer presented to him.

The signing of Bosh marks the most significant move of the off-season the team has made and Riley intends to keep rounding out the roster.

Without James on the roster, the team will no longer be the marquee draw throughout the entire league, but Bosh is looking to prove that the team is still a contender in the east.

About Brendan Galella

Brendan Galella founded Shatter the Glass to make the NBA even more accessible to basketball fans. Composing player rankings, team evaluations and intriguing observations, he hopes to turn every reader into a dedicated and educated basketball follower.

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