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June 30, 2014

Bosh opting out of contract with Heat

MIAMI — LeBron James went first. Dwyane Wade followed a few days later. And now Chris Bosh has made it a clean sweep.

The Big 3, for now anyway, are free.

And Pat Riley will soon have the chance to make the Miami Heat even better.

Bosh told the Heat on Sunday that he, like James and Wade, will be exercising the early termination option in his contract and forgoing the final two years on his Miami deal — making him a free agent. The move was not unexpected, and gives the Heat a gigantic amount of financial flexibility to shop with when the free-agent window officially opens at midnight Tuesday.

Bosh’s decision was the last domino that the Heat needed to fall in order to free up the biggest amount of money possible heading into free agency.

“Chris is one of the most versatile and dynamic big men in this league, and he has been an instrumental key to our championship success over the last four seasons,” Riley said in a statement released by the team.

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