Miami Heat NBA Trade Talk: Chris Bosh issues statement on his future

Miami Heat center Chris Bosh wants to remain right where he is.

NBA All Star Chris Bosh is frequently overshadowed in Miami by the likes of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, leading to suggestions he could look to step out of their shadows and take on a new challenge.

Bosh has an opportunity to opt out of his contract and become a free agent this summer, and Washington had been touted as a potential destination. The Lakers and Mavericks are also thought to be admirers.

Earning in excess of $20 million per year, after opting out, Bosh can re-negotiate and even accept a lower salary to help the team. This would give them more cap room to offer to free agents, if Bosh, Wade and James, who all have the option, feel unselfish.

Bosh told ESPN radio this week that he intends to stay, and leaving is not on his mind.

"I don't want to go anywhere. I like it here. It's Miami, everybody wants to come here. Yeah."

Asked if he would take a moderately reduced salary, he responded: "If that's what it takes."

Bosh will thrash out his future after the NBA Play-Offs. The Heat have a 3-2 Series lead over Indiana, and will play one of the Thunder or Spurs for the Championship who at the time of writing were locked at 2-2 in the series.

One thing appears clear though, and that's whichever monetary route will be chosen, Bosh will be staying in Miami.