Options. That’s all the Phoenix Suns ever want and that’s exactly what they’ve had this summer.
As it stands, it appears that the sign-and-trade for Isaiah Thomas could end up being the biggest change of the offseason; or maybe it’s the loss of Channing Frye, though a return of Eric Bledsoe would obviously be the biggest move overall. That doesn’t mean Phoenix didn’t look at its other options. There was Gordon Hayward’s canceled visit with the Suns when he decided to sign an offer sheet with the Charlotte Hornets. There was the longshot of landing LeBron James.
There was also an unknown amount of interest in landing James’ Miami Heat teammate, Chris Bosh, according to ESPN’s Tom Haberstroh.
Moments after receiving James’ text, the Heat offered Bosh a maximum contract worth $118 million over five years, something that wasn’t on the table at the start of free agency. The Heat had competition. After considering “strong” offers from multiple teams, including the Houston Rockets, Denver Nuggets, Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers, Bosh ultimately decided to return to the Heat later that night.
“[There were] very enticing offers,” Bosh said. “There was some surprising advances made in everything, but I ultimately decided to stay in Miami. I think it was the right choice. I benefit from it, the team will benefit from it, from here. My heart was in Miami. I wanted to be there and keep my family there and build relationships and really keep building on something special.”
Haberstroh took an in-depth look at Bosh’s statistics, age and price range. How would he fit with the Heat? How will his role change without James by his side? Bosh’s five-year, $118 million deal pays him nearly twice as much as former Suns and current Wizards center Marcin Gortat, but he’s putting up similar numbers.
It’s fun to wonder, then, if Bosh would have been as valuable in a Suns uniform as he will be for the Heat. Quite obviously, he would be given the green light to fill Frye’s role, though he’d be paid nearly three times more than what Frye will be making this next season with the Orlando Magic. Bosh would bring the ability to play a little more in the mid-range, and he’d also have some ability to work out of the post.
Would that be worth it? It’s very possible the Heat, with the retention of Bosh and Dwyane Wade, plus the addition of Luol Deng, can remain very competitive. Bosh very well might be worth that max deal.
With the Suns, Rockets or otherwise, banking on a long-term, max deal with a 30-year-old who has stated he won’t ever revert back to the CB4 he was with the Toronto Raptors just might have been a risky move.
Paul Coro makes a strong point about the wait on Eric Bledsoe and how it’s not necessarily a bad thing for the Suns.