Chris Bosh said all along that he wanted to stay with the Miami Heat, and the departure of LeBron James did not lead to a change of heart.
Bosh agreed Friday to a five-year contract worth about $118 million, two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because neither the team nor Bosh had publicly announced the deal.
It’s also unclear when Bosh will actually sign the contract. He’s expected to be in Ghana until next week.
So now, the “Big 3” — who officially broke up earlier Friday when James announced he was leaving the Heat for a return to the Cleveland Cavaliers — are looking to become at least the “Big 2.” The Heat are continuing to negotiate with Dwyane Wade, the other member of what was the star triumverate that led Miami to the NBA Finals in each of the last four seasons, winning two titles.
Keeping Bosh was a huge part of Miami’s reaction plan after learning that James was leaving. He’s an All-Star who averaged 16.2 points on 52 percent shooting last season, and now figures to potentially get many more shots in the Heat offensive scheme.
For his career, Bosh has averaged 19.2 points in 11 NBA seasons.
Suns get Isaiah Thomas
PHOENIX — Two people with knowledge of the situation said the Phoenix Suns agreed to a sign-and-trade deal with the Sacramento Kings for point guard Isaiah Thomas.
The people, who sought anonymity because the deal has not been officially announced, say Thomas is signing a four-year, $27 million contract. In exchange, the Kings get the draft rights to center Alex Oriakhi, a second-round draft pick of the Suns in 2013.
One of the people who confirmed the deal said the Suns see Thomas as a “perfect third guard” to play with Phoenix’s double point guard starting lineup of Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe. He is not envisioned as a replacement for either of them.
Thomas was a restricted free agent who was in Phoenix meeting with the Suns on Thursday and Friday.
Knicks waive Lamar Odom
NEW YORK — The New York Knicks waived veteran forward Lamar Odom and re-signed center Cole Aldrich.
Knicks President Phil Jackson signed Odom, who played for him in Los Angeles, at the end of last season. But the former Sixth Man of the Year never played a game for New York.
Jackson said Friday in a statement: “Unfortunately, Lamar was unable to uphold the standards to return as an NBA player. We found it necessary to free up the roster spot.”
But the Knicks are keeping Aldrich, who averaged 2.0 points and 2.8 rebounds in 46 games last season.