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 immediate 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.