Bosh-to-Heat rumour false ... for now

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:25 AM ET

Things Heated up on the Chris Bosh front a day before he becomes a free agent, but not surprisingly, it turned out it was all a lot of hot air.

ESPN/Miami Herald scribe Dan Le Batard got the ball rolling by tweeting early Wednesday: I hear bosh-miami is done .. bosh-wade shared agent avoids tampering...its why beasley, chalmers, anthony still here...raptors get them.

Predictably, even though such an agreement would be highly illegal, the report became accepted as fact by many outlets.

After Raptor and Heat officials denied it, Le Batard admitted on air that it was more an idea he had been hearing than anything definitive.

Regardless, Bosh to Miami still seems the most likely outcome, though the Raptors have never been high on the mercurial Beasley.

Miami owns Torontos next non-lottery first-round pick and could offer that, a large trade exception and other pieces or picks for Bosh.

That would allow Bosh to collect an extra $30 million over the life of his new contract as opposed to signing with Miami outright.

It is unlikely any of the big free agents agrees in principal to a deal in the first couple of days of the free for all, but expect the rumours to keep flying.

Prospective teams will make their pitches to Bosh in his native Dallas.

On the LeBron James front, it looks like the Nets are up first.

It will be a darkhorse team that gets the first crack at the biggest free agent in sports history.

According to the New York Times, the New Jersey Nets and billionaire owner Mikhail Prokhorov will meet with LeBron at 12:01 Thursday morning.

The New York Knicks will meet James and his crew later in the day.

The Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers have been considered the most likely suitors for James.


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