Miami, FL, United States (4E Sports) – Although LeBron James announced his return to Cleveland, Chris Bosh returned to the Miami Heat with a five-year $118 million max contract.
Pat Riley’s signing of Bosh is a bold statment to some, making the all-star forward the new face of the franchise after James’ departure.
During his free-agency, Bosh stated that he wants to stay in South Florida despite of his Texas roots and Miami’s 4-1 defeat to the San Antonio Spurs in last season’s championship series.
Before the decision, one of the most favored teams to land Bosh was the Houston Rockets.
The Rockets made major moves with their roster to create max cap space for Bosh.
But no particular move enticed the two-time champion to play with James Harden and Dwight Howard in Houston.
Now without the four-time MVP, the Heat are looking forward to Bosh regaining his scoring prowess for the team.
Before playing for the Heat, Bosh averaged 24 points and 10.8 rebounds in his final season in Toronto.
His average dipped to 16.2 points and 6.6 rebounds last season, playing alongside James.
The Heat are also looking to re-sign Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem to join new acquisitions, Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger.