Chris Bosh has sent a big message to the Miam Heat

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This is proving to be a telling summer for the Miami Heat franchise and their loyal fans who are experiencing hardships they must never have thought they would have to face.

First of all, their big three have all opted out of their contracts, LeBron James Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh have all put their futures up in the air.

They're not the only ones either, Udonis Haslem has also opted out of his contract despite still named on the Heat websites roster page - the same as James, Bosh and Wade.

Perhaps the biggest concern for the Heat franchise is that two of the big three are being very strongly linked to other NBA franchises.

LeBron is unsurprisingly being linked with several teams but many fans believe he is on his way home to Cleveland to play with the Cavaliers.

Bosh however has reportedly been offered a maximum contract from the Houston Rockets that he is strongly considering.

The meeting that changed Miami

ESPN are currently reporting that Bosh and LeBron had a meeting this past weekend and although only the two of them know what was actually said, it seems to have had ramifications for the NBA.

Many people believe that it was cause of this that Bosh is actually considering Houston's offer which I doubt.

Should his fellow players also depart Miami, I can't see him wanting to return to the team who have clearly lost a lot of talent.

Even more than that, the Rockets offer a great prospect for any big free agents this summer as they were definitely one of the up and coming teams last year.

So a move to the Rockets could be the result of his ambition rather than any meeting he had with LeBron.

The finance of their downfall

If the rumours that Bosh is considering the move to Houston are true, then I feel there is one key aspect that shows how unattractive a prospect playing for the Heat is.

The deal he opted out of in Miami had two years left on it and was worth $42 million, but here's the thing.

Even if you change the team, the maximum he could be offered by another team would be a four year deal worth $88 million.

That means that over the next two years, the difference between a new teams offer and the deal he had with the Heat is a grand total of $1 million a year.

For the sake of an extra million dollars over the next two years, Bosh choosing to leave the Heat sends a huge message about what shape the Heat franchise is in.

Who knows, maybe the big three will return to Miami, at the least, maybe they'll get two of them back, or maybe they'll lose all three.

Who knows what is going to happen in the future, but what is clear is that everyone will be glued to this situation for the foreseeable future.

LeBron James
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