Jun 8, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh (1) enters the stadium prior to the game against the San Antonio Spurs in game two of the 2014 NBA Finals at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Bosh: Money Over Everything?

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It’s amazing how so much can change after losing four NBA Finals games.

Prior to the Miami Heat’s 4-1 NBA Finals loss to the San Antonio Spurs, Chris Bosh “went on record” saying that he would do whatever it took to stay in Miami — even take less money.

Fast forward past the NBA Finals loss and five days into free agency and it appears that sentiment has changed, apparently.

[CBS Sports]

Bosh possibly going to the Rockets (or to the Lakers or Mavs) proves why the notion of Bosh taking a $10 million pay cut to stay in Miami was never realistic. With the Bulls, Rockets, Mavs, Lakers, Cavs, Suns and potentially others chasing James, Anthony or both, there are more teams than there are LeBrons and Melos (only one of each). Once James and Anthony have made a decision, the teams that lost out will be lining up to create a market for Bosh.

Thus, with James waiting for Heat president Pat Riley to revamp the roster and with Dwyane Wade leaving $42 million on the table at age 32, Bosh is the member of the Big Three most likely to break away. Multiple league sources say there will be a close-to-max market for Bosh if Anthony and James stay with their respective teams. One of those people, an executive with a rival team, said the growing belief around the league is that Bosh would prefer a four-year max deal with another team to a discounted longer deal with Miami.

Still, the likely scenario is that LeBron James re-signs followed by Chris Bosh getting back on board, along with Dwyane Wade. But the longer this takes, the better the possibility that the Big Three could break up.

This has been one weird, confusing offseason.

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