By Matt Hammond

Chris Bosh spurned the Houston Rockets’ four-year max deal for a five-year, $118 million pact from the Miami Heat this offseason.

But he almost left South Beach.


“It was close. I’m not going to lie,” Bosh said on “The Zaslow and Joy Show” on FM 104.3 The Ticket in Miami. “It was close. It was a weird situation because we were waiting so long and I didn’t know what was going on.

“I think you’re always in a situation where it is close even if you don’t leave because teams got very aggressive on me. And I guess as soon as LeBron made up his mind, that’s when everything could fall in line. But I was just waiting, so I didn’t know what was going on.”

Nowhere does Bosh mention the Rockets by name, though the only other reported max contract offer on the table was put there by GM Daryl Morey.

Nor does Bosh make any mention of wanting to play with Dwight Howard and James Harden, who, according to Zack Lowe of Grantland, may have been among the reasons Bosh decided against coming to Houston and satyed with a Heat roster that’s much farther away from a title than the Rockets plus Bosh would have been.

But for a Rockets team that still has some building to do if it wants to go farther than the first round of the playoffs this spring, the idea that Bosh may have thought long and hard about leaving one year and about $30 million on the table to play for them means other free agents might think the same.

Though if Houston continues to lose out on marquee free agent targets, how close they came to coming here will be a pretty moot point.



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