Rockets await word from Chris Bosh while Dwyane Wade drifts

Rockets await word from Chris Bosh while Dwyane Wade drifts
July 11, 2014, 1:30 pm
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Chris Bosh has made it clear that he wanted to stay joined at the hip with LeBron James with the Miami Heat, but now that plan has blown up in smoke the Houston Rockets are in prime position to peel him away with a max offer.

James announced Friday that he was returning to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he spent his first seven seasons as a pro.

He led the Heat to four consecutive NBA Finals and two championships when he forced a trade to Miami in 2010. The Rockets, desperate for a Big 3 of their own with James Harden and Dwight Howard, already made their pitch to him.

They're willing to pay Bosh $88 million over four years which could represent a major power shift in the Western Conference.

The Rockets were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Portland Trail Blazers. The future of Dwyane Wade is a bit murky.

He opted out of a deal that was to pay him $42 million for the next two seasons to give Heat president Pat Riley a chance to retool the roster.

He signed Danny Granger and Josh McRoberts, mere role players, earlier in the week.

Wade, who has had significant issues with his knees, appears to be a lifer in Miami. He's 32 and has played 11 seasons there. His open-market value isn't very high given how he fizzed in the NBA Finals vs. the San Antonio Spurs, who won in five games.

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