Chris Bosh has become the whipping boy for NBA fans and analysts frustrated with the Miami Heat, but he says a recent decision to put his Miami home on the market isn't what it seems. Bosh has struggled to make an impact during the playoffs, and even as the defending champions are busy battling the San Antonio Spurs in the 2013 NBA Finals, trade rumors linking Bosh to the Bobcats have already surfaced. He says the rumors have nothing to do with his decision to put his house up for sale (via the South Florida Sun Sentinel):
"I'm in Miami for the rest of my career. I plan to be there. I plan to retire there. I plan to win hopefully a lot more championships there. So that's where home is."
"You know, man, I don't care [about the trade rumors]. At first, I used to care. But that hindered my game. And they're going to talk about you, anyway. It's something that you can't ever overcome. So why should you even try to prove people wrong? I just play the game."
Bosh joined forces with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade to form the so-called "Big Three" in July of 2010, but through three trips to the NBA Finals, he has always been considered an afterthought in the power structure. If the Big Three can be thought of as pyramidal alignment, things have always been oriented to keep Bosh on the bottom. Wade's decline suggests that LeBron is alone at the top now, so Miami will need to get creative if it wants any type of super-team to survive.
Bosh has always been considered the most expendable piece, yet his salary is on par with James' -- he is owed $19.07 million in 2013-14, has an early termination option for 2014-15 on a $20.59 million salary and a $22.11 million player option for 2015-16.
Bosh insisted that relocation to a new home would be a family decision, and Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel noted that the Bosh household was burglarized in April and $479,000 worth of property was taken. As for what's next for Bosh, he said he and his family are "just testing things out right now." With regards to his situation with the Heat, he added, "if we win this thing, nobody remembers anything."