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Two-time NBA champion Chris Bosh joined the The Herd with Colin Cowherd Thursday and offered his two cents on where he thinks his former teammate, LeBron James, should go this summer.
James, who is expected to opt for free agency once July 1 hits, has been linked to re-signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers, or taking his talents to either the Houston Rockets, Philadelphia 76ers or Los Angeles Lakers.
James and Bosh, along with Dwyane Wade, formed the first superteam back in 2010 with the Miami Heat, paving the way for Kevin Durant to join the 73-win Golden State Warriors in 2016.
Bosh thinks because the Warriors are such a juggernaut offensively, that James could sign with the Rockets and pair up with his pal Chris Paul and superstar guard James Harden.
“I would guess that he goes to Houston,” Bosh said. “What’s happened now is that the stars are figuring out their power and you got the biggest free-agent ever in history. I think with the dynamic that Houston has, you can argue that they could have taken down Golden State this year. But I think it’s going to be one of those things kind of like what Golden State did. KD went there and they teamed up and it’s kind of like ok, beat this. And now I think it’s on another organization to kind of give that same narrative.”
The Rockets took the Warriors to seven games in the Western Conference Finals. They had a 3-2 series lead, but Paul injured his hamstring in Game 5 and was forced to miss Game 6 and 7.
Adding James to the Rockets won’t be that simple. Houston is slated to have $85.1 million on the books for next year, with the NBA salary cap projected to be around $101 million for the 2018-19 season.
Paul will be a free-agent and he reportedly is seeking a max deal. Big man Clint Capela will also enter free agency and the organization wants to retain him as well.
Shortly after the Rockets were eliminated by the Warriors, the New York Times reported that Paul has already started to recruit James to come to Houston. But Paul has to know James will command top dollar and that the Rockets will need to shed some salary in order to accommodate him, James and Harden.
Luckily for Paul, Rockets general manager Daryl Morey is “obsessed” with beating the Warriors, so he’s definitely a guy who can make things work financially if James wants to come to Houston.