The end of the Big Three era in Miami might be upon us.
The Houston Rockets have offered Chris Bosh a four-year, NBA-maximum contract worth $93 million, and the free-agent big man is “seriously considering” it, sources told ESPN’s Chris Broussard on Monday.
The Rockets reportedly offered the same deal to fellow prized free agent Carmelo Anthony but do not expect him to accept it.
It’s been rumored that Bosh, who opted out of the final two years of his contract with the Heat, will wait to see where Miami teammate LeBron James signs before making his own decision on where to play next season.
That might no longer be the case, though. Broussard’s sources said that a conversation between Bosh and James over the weekend coupled with Bosh’s feeling that the Heat are “low-balling” him in contract negotiations has led him to give strong consideration to Houston’s offer, which almost certainly is more lucrative than the center could hope to get from Pat Riley & Co.
The Rockets would need to trade point guard Jeremy Lin to make cap room for Bosh, but the team is confident it could do so “in short order,” according to Broussard.
Bosh, who grew up in Texas, averaged 16.2 points (his lowest average since his rookie year) on 51.6 percent shooting in 79 games for the Heat last season.