Chris Bosh wants maximum contract: Report

Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh answers questions during a press conference after the game against...

Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh answers questions during a press conference after the game against the San Antonio Spurs in game two of the 2014 NBA Finals at AT&T Center on Jun 8, 2014 in San Antonio, TX, USA. (Soobum Im/USA TODAY Sports)

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Free agent forward Chris Bosh prefers a four-year maximum salary contract over taking less money to return to the Miami Heat, according to CBSSports.com.

In the days before free agency began last Tuesday, it was speculated that the Heat's Big Three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Bosh would re-sign for less to make more runs at the NBA championship.

Since then, it has been reported that James would not take a discount to return to Miami. He has never been the highest-paid player on his team over his 11-year NBA career.

James' agent, Rich Paul, has talked with the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers.

Now it appears Bosh is not interested in taking less money from the Heat than he would get on the open market.

The Rockets, Mavericks, Suns, Cavaliers, Lakers and Chicago Bulls have or can create at least $20 million in salary cap space to fit in Bosh. That makes Bosh the most likely member of the Heat's Big Three to change teams.

Heat president Pat Riley is hoping to keep his star trio together but has been pursuing roster upgrades. He was reportedly scheduled to meet with forward Luol Deng on Saturday. Deng spent more than nine seasons with the Bulls before getting dealt to the Cavs during last season.

Bosh is on vacation while his agent Henry Thomas, who also represents Wade, is working on contingency plans if a deal with the Heat cannot be worked out.

Bosh averaged 16.2 points and 6.6 rebounds last season.

DENG MEETS WITH HEAT

Miami Heat president Pat Riley met with free agent forward Luol Deng in Chicago on Saturday, according to ESPN.

Riley was expected to attempt to persuade Deng, 29, to take less money to play on a championship-caliber team in Miami. But ESPN reported that Deng is not willing to accept a salary below his market value, which is considered to be around $10 million per year.

Deng spent more than nine years with the Chicago Bulls before getting traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers last season. The farthest Deng has been in the playoffs is the Eastern Conference finals with the Bulls.

The Heat have been to the NBA Finals four straight years and have won two titles with their core of forward LeBron James, guard Dwyane Wade and forward Chris Bosh. All three are free agents but may return to make more championship runs.

Deng is scheduled tomeet with other teams next week.

The 6-foot-9 Deng averaged 16 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 63 combined between the Bulls and Cavs last season.

 


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