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(FILE - In this May 8, 2014, file photo, Miami Heat center Chris Bosh celebrates after the Heat defeated the Brooklyn Nets 94-82 in Game 2 of an NBA basketball Eastern Conference semifinal series in Miami. Two people familiar with the situation say that Bosh has agreed to a maximum deal with the Heat. The people said that Bosh will be getting a five-year deal worth about $118 million. The people spoke to The Associated Press) on Friday, July 11, 2014, on condition of anonymity because neither the team nor Bosh had publicly announced the deal. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
NBA: Chris Bosh agrees to max deal with Heat
NBA notes » Veteran to stay in Miami despite James’ exit.
First Published Jul 11 2014 06:10 pm • Last Updated Jul 11 2014 11:08 pm

Chris Bosh said countless times in recent weeks that he did not want to leave Miami.

Not even LeBron James’ departure changed his mind.

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And shortly after the Heat took a King-sized hit, their future started coming together.

Bosh is staying in Miami, agreeing Friday to a five-year contract that will be worth about $118 million, said two people familiar with the deal. They spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither side had confirmed it publicly.

Keeping Bosh addresses one of the Miami’s top priorities after getting the news earlier in the day that James was leaving the Heat and returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

There’s still plenty of work for Heat President Pat Riley to do, however. But first, he and the team lauded what James meant to them over the last four seasons.

"While I am disappointed by LeBron’s decision to leave Miami, no one can fault another person for wanting to return home," Riley said in a statement Friday night.

"The last four years have been an incredible run for South Florida, Heat fans, our organization and for all of the players who were a part of it. LeBron is a fantastic leader, athlete, teammate and person, and we are all sorry to see him go."

Next up for the Heat: More than likely, it’s a deal with Dwyane Wade, who has spent all 11 of his NBA seasons in Miami. Wade and Miami were negotiating a new contract Friday, a move that was expected from the very moment that the 2006 NBA Finals MVP opted out of a deal that would have paid him about $42 million over the next two seasons.

"I know where I’m going," Wade told The AP on Thursday, one day before James let the world that he was going elsewhere.


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While Miami is working to get a Wade deal finalized, it’s unclear when Bosh will actually sign his contract.

He’s expected to be in Ghana until next week. Bosh is 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.

Suns acquire Thomas

The Phoenix Suns agreed to a sign-and-trade deal with the Sacramento Kings for point guard Isaiah Thomas, two people with knowledge of the situation said Friday.

The people say Thomas is signing a four-year, $27 million contract. In exchange, the Kings get the draft rights to center Alex Oriakhi, a second-round draft pick of the Suns in 2013, plus a $7 million trade exception.

One of the people who confirmed the deal said the Suns see Thomas as a "perfect third guard" to play with Phoenix’s double point guard starting lineup of Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe.

Thomas was a restricted free agent who was in Phoenix meeting with the Suns on Thursday and Friday. The Kings were not expected to match any offer sheet for Thomas after agreeing to sign free agent Darren Collison last week.

Thomas, a second-round draft pick out of Washington in 2011, averaged career highs of 20.3 points and 6.3 assists in 72 games with Sacramento last season, 54 as a starter.

Miles joins Pacers

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