Chris Bosh wants Heat to lock up Bam Adebayo ‘right away’
The Heat still have the 6-foot-9 slotman under contract up until the 2020-21 campaign after exercising the fourth-year option of his rookie contract last year.
But given Adebayo’s massive leap to stardom in the 2019-20 season, Bosh wants to see his old team lock up the 23-year-old bruiser for a long time before other teams could snoop around and offer him a massive contract.
“If it’s me in the GM’s chair, I’m locking Bam up right away,” Chris Bosh bared in an appearance on Complex’s Load Management podcast. “Will be no thoughts, nothing necessary. You can put that to the side.”
Bam Adebayo became a bonafide star in the 2019-20 campaign and was a huge reason behind the Heat’s bridesmaid’s finish. Adebayo will be making just a little more than $5.1 million in 2020-21, making him one of the biggest underpaid players next season.
The Kentucky-alum made his first All-Star team this season with averages of 15.9 points, 10.2 rebounds, 5.1 assists. 1.1 steal, and 1.3 block. He was sensational come playoff time, aiding fellow All-Star Jimmy Butler in bringing Miami back to the top of the East.
Chris Bosh, who was part of the Heat’s last dynasty, understands the complexity in trying to manage cap room for a championship-caliber team. However, the two-time NBA champ believes re-signing Bam early should be Miami’s top priority this offseason.
“There’s always a way to figure out cap space. You can concentrate on getting as far into the salary cap as you can. Probably have a trade scenario in my pocket. Just in case there’s a sign-and-trade opportunity,” Bosh shared.
The Heat, on the other hand, will have a busy offseason following their amazing 2019-20 campaign. Apart from making sure Adebayo stays in the long run, they must also figure out a way to retain some of their key pieces like Goran Dragic and Jae Crowder.