It appears that Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James weren’t the only two players the Los Angeles Lakers chased over the past two weeks.
According to Tom Haberstroh from ESPN, Chris Bosh received “strong” offers from a number of teams, including the Lakers, Houston Rockets, Denver Nuggets and Phoenix Suns, though the 30-year-old ultimately decided to take the max contract offer from the Heat of five years and $118 million.
“[There were] very enticing offers,” Bosh told ESPN. “There was some surprising advances made in everything, but I ultimately decided to stay in Miami. I think it was the right choice. I benefit from it, the team will benefit from it, from here. My heart was in Miami. I wanted to be there and keep my family there and build relationships and really keep building on something special.”
If Bosh left Miami for anywhere, it appeared that it would be for the Rockets who would have also reportedly matched Chandler Parsons’ offer sheet from the Dallas Mavericks if the big man decided to leave South Beach for Houston. A starting five of Patrick Beverley, James Harden, Parsons, Bosh and Dwight Howard would most certainly have been a serious title contender in the Western Conference.
At the end of the day, though, Bosh and his family are settled in Miami and no other team could offer him as much money as Pat Riley did last week, so it made sense for the two-time NBA champion to stay put in Florida.