Chris Bosh Rumors: Houston Rockets Aggressively Pursuing Miami Heat Forward

Chris Bosh rumors about joining the Houston Rockets have gained considerable momentum over the weekend. The longer the Miami Heat take to lock up the big three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, the more timeb teams like the Houston Rockets have to do some courting. Apparently, the Rockets have been rumored to be interested in Chris Bosh all along.

According to the Houston Chronicle, Houston Rockets rumors about signing Chris Bosh have been on the table since the off season began. GM Daryl Morey has made a name for himself over the last few seasons in making creative trades and signings, trying to piece together a championship caliber team. Heading into free agency this year, the Rockets were rumored to be targeting Dirk Nowitski, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh.

Nowitski was locked up by the Dallas Mavericks, and it looks increasingly like Carmelo Anthony will either stay in New York or sign with the Los Angeles Lakers. Chris Bosh rumors are now suggesting that he will leave the Miami Heat if LeBron James opts to sign elsewhere this summer. As LeBron and his agent continue to talk to other teams, it looks like there is a real chance the Miami Heat big three might dwindle down to one.

Marc Stein of ESPN reported late on Sunday night that the Houston Rockets are increasing the intensity with which they are pursuing Chris Bosh. The Rockets have already traded Omer Asik to the New Orleans Pelican and are reportedly speaking with the Philadelphia 76ers about trading Jeremy Lin. If they trade Lin, the Rockets will have enough cap room available to sign Chris Bosh to a four-year maximum deal offer of $96 million.

If the Houston Rockets rumors about landing Chris Bosh come true, they would march out an interesting line up next season. Though it is questionable if Chris Bosh can make them much better defensively, he would certainly generate the necessary floor spacing to allow James Harden to focus on driving the lane. Also, Chris Bosh and Dwight Howard could potentially form one of the most dynamic big man combos in the NBA.

The Miami Heat are speculated to be asking Chris Bosh to take a serious pay cut to stay with the team so they can sign several free agents. Currently, the Heat have no vital pieces locked up for next season. Unless Bosh and Wade agree to take be payed less than what they can get on the open market, the Heat have no chance at any real free agents. LeBron James is expected to get a maximum deal no matter where he signs.

Monday morning should launch a whole new set of Chris Bosh rumors as the Houston Rockets intensify their attempt to lure him from the Miami Heat.

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