Posted June 09, 2013

Report: Charlotte Bobcats could target Miami Heat’s Chris Bosh in trade for No. 4 pick

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The Heat’s Chris Bosh could fill the Bobcats’ need at power forward. (Issac Baldizon/Getty Images)

The Charlotte Bobcats are “looking to make a splash” during the offseason and are open to trading their No. 4 overall draft pick in a package for a veteran star, according to The Boston Globe‘s Gary Washburn.

Miami Heat big man Chris Bosh could be a “prime candidate,” according to the report, as there are rumors the Heat will look to trade Bosh. The Bobcats could take on his near-maximum contract.

“As much as Charlotte would love to build through the draft, team officials understand they have to start winning and need a player to be the face of the franchise. Bosh could serve that purpose,” Washburn writes.

The 29-year-old Bosh will make about $79 million over the next four seasons as part of his six-year, $109.8-million deal. The contract includes an early termination option in 2014 and a player option for the 2015-16 season.

Maryland center Alex Len, Indiana shooting guard Victor Oladipo, Michigan point guard Trey Burke and UNLV forward Anthony Bennett are expected to be in the mix for the No. 4 spot in the June 27 draft.

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48 comments
vicente
vicente

the heat should trade bosh and d-wade for dwight howard

cjsamms
cjsamms

The Heat always talk about how Bosh's versatility and personality is the key to their offensive and defensive setups. There's nobody in this draft that can give them what they need -- an athletic 7-ft 280-lb body -- or replace what they'd be giving up in Bosh. 

What would be the point of a salary dump? The Big 3 can always opt out next year and re-sign for less if they want to stay together -- LeBron has already hinted at that.

bithomas2
bithomas2

If there is any truth to this report, this feels like another MJ GM blunder and a move designed to make a splash as opposed to a move that makes basketball sense.  The details sound a lot like the trade to get Jason Richardson some years ago.  I realize that Jason Richardson is not the same level of player as Bosh, but I still think Jordan could learn a lesson from that trade. Bosh is a good player, and Charlotte would definitely improve by having him.  But, would the team improve enough to justify his contract?  Is Bosh a big enough name to sell a lot of tickets?  I think the answer to both questions is "no," and then the team is stuck once again with a huge long-term contract that they almost certainly won't be able to move it he doesn't meet expectations.


Besides, doesn't Byron Mullens essentially have the same skill set, if not the talent, as Bosh?  Bosh is much better than Mullens, but Mullens is much cheaper.  Again, would the increased ticket sales make up for Bosh's contract compared to Mullens' contract?

JonathanD
JonathanD

I can't figure out who Miami would even want there.

There are some good players in the draft, but they don't fit Heat needs at all.  If they could trade Bosh for a young/decent stretch 4 or a real 5 and save a lot of money in the process, I think they would do it.  Even a pure shooter with height might do it, if they kept Lebron at the 4.  But what would they do with the 4th pick out of this crop?  Draft Len and hope he can step into the center spot immediately?

BigFred
BigFred

Trading Bosh will hurt and help the Heat. The Heat is 26 million over the cap so trading him will put the under the cap. But it will also Hurt the Heat on offense. Either way the Heat have to free up 26 million before the 2014 season.

ShawnKemp2012
ShawnKemp2012

I would love to see Bosh traded to the Bobcats.  That would make my year.  

therednorth1
therednorth1

I'm pretty sure it's Charlotte who wants Bosh, and not Miami that wants the number four pick.  Makes no sense for Miami, whose prime is now, not five years down the road.

CalebBenoit
CalebBenoit

the heat are gonna sign greg odon and hope for the best..... i do think they would be perfectly fine without bosh... they need a younger piece to make LeBron want to stay in Miami and not leave for LA or Cleveland 

doublejtrain68
doublejtrain68

The Heat will get the worse end of the deal. There are guys who could potentially be great players down the road, but they won't get anyone who will make an immediate impact.  

John4
John4

I'm pretty sure that if the Bobcats mentioned Bosh by name that it could be seen as tampering.  

olaf27
olaf27

Would fit perfectly trying to make those wide open threes in a Hornets uniform. However, how would Wade and Lebron react to this? They both made him come to Miami, and then all of sudden he gets shipped off to Charlotte?

sccrgrmany
sccrgrmany

Man the Bobcats/Hornets are bad...but making this guy the franchise player has got to be one of the dumbest conceived plans out there...

D.1
D.1

As a Heat fan, I can attest to the fact that Bosh isn't doing what a man at his position is supposed to do--I say jettison him and his contract and pick up someone who can bang down low in the post. 

6marK6
6marK6

If the Heat can get the #4 pick by giving up this useless guy, Pat Riley should be executive of the year. I guess the genius that is MJ feels his team needs a 6'11" shooting guard.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@vicente Sure they should.  A couple of issues:  Dwight Howard is a free agent.   Even if they could, why would the Lakers make that trade?

6marK6
6marK6

@doublejtrain68 and what impact does Bosh make? No boards, no defense, tons of outside shots.

John4
John4

@noodlez If in fact he's soft, why would a team trade for him and the balance of his contract?  He's owed $79 Million over the next 4 years.  Why would the Bobcats, or any other team take on that contract?

Tim69
Tim69

@John4 I don't think so.  It's a trade rumor, not trying to sign a potential free agent

Azeron
Azeron

@olaf27 Bosh is the highest paid player on the team.  I'm guessing they'd both be pretty pleased to see him go.  He was the only one of the three who didn't take a less so the team could sign other players.

RaptorFan
RaptorFan

@sccrgrmany A guy who averaged 22pts/10reb/1.1 blks a game in Toronto as the sole star...yes he will definitely be a bad franchise player...

RaptorFan
RaptorFan

@6marK6 only an idiot would classify Bosh as useless on that roster...

BlackSession1
BlackSession1

@6marK6 The freed up cap space would be the best part. If this were any other draft year [say, next year], I doubt Riley would even have to think about it. 

Braktooth
Braktooth

@6marK6 @doublejtrain68 You should look up the numbers. The Miami defense is markedly better when he's on the floor, he's capable of rebounding very well, and they want him to take outside shots, which he's extremely at. 

Michael Jordan must think Pat Riley is as bad an executive as he is. There's nobody in this draft to trade Bosh for at #1, let alone the fourth pick.

noodlez
noodlez

@John4 @noodlezI LOVE JORDAN BUT HIS GM SKILLS HAS PROVEN TO BE SUB PAR AT BEST. HOWEVA THAT $19 PER WILL BE CONSIDERED A BARGAIN FOR A PROVEN VET AS A STOP GAP UNTIL YOUNG SQUAD GET SEASONED. THE FACT OF THE MATTER REMAINS HE IS SOFT FOR A 6-11 PWR FWD.  
HE NOTHING BUT A GLORIFIED RASHARD LEWIS WHO IS ALSO NOT A MAX PLAYER.

Braktooth
Braktooth

@Azeron @olaf27 He absolutely took less, just not as much less as they did. Which makes sense, because he was the one sacrificing the most on the court, so his commercial opportunities would be the most affected.

metalkiwis
metalkiwis

@Azeron @olaf27 I'm pretty sure he could have got more to stay in Toronto and he would have got a max contract from any number of teams including the Bulls and the Warriors. 


Also he makes the same as LeBron and they make just a few hundred grand more than Wade. Bosh has been more important and consistent for their success than Wade and his aging knees. 


It would make more sense, basketball-wise, for Miami to trade Wade for that #4 pick then take one of the really good wings coming out. 

jojomogir
jojomogir

@BlackSession1 @6marK6 You can't trade a guy making $20 million for a draft pick, the cap doesn't work that way.  The Heat would have to take a guy or combo of guys making something close to what Bosh makes, and given we're talking about the Bobcats, that means a couple of stiffs.  No freed up cap space, no executive of the year for Riley.

DavidosaurusCawston
DavidosaurusCawston

@noodlez @John4 He is way more than Rashard Lewis. Pau Gasol is soft. Bosh just isn't built massively. He's a finesse PF. That doesn't equal soft.

metalkiwis
metalkiwis

@jaybook Dropping Wade would not get them under the cap. They have 20 mil to LeBitch and Bosh each around 5 to Miller about that much to each of Haslem and Chalmers too. Unless they ditch two of their max guys they will still be over the cap. 

jaybook
jaybook

Trading Wade for pick #4 makes perfect sense.  He's the worst of the Big 3 and is on the decline.  Could easily grab Oladipo at SG and slide him into the rotation, either start him or as a 6th man.  They are saying he's that skilled.  Miami gets under the cap and can sign a big man or shooter to the veteran's min.  Did anyone else notice Mike Miller grabbing his mid-section after shooting a three?  They need to get younger and cheaper.

DavidosaurusCawston
DavidosaurusCawston

@metalkiwis @Azeron @olaf27 Agreed. Wade is doing very little for the team on a regular basis. Bosh was smothered by West/Hibbert so now people are saying he's bad while the truth is that he just isn't a physical monster.

eddiej
eddiej

Miami would still be in taxpayer hell,so could only offer DH the vet min. Plus LeBron wouldn't like to play with him anyway.

grewaljag23
grewaljag23

@swisha30 @Azeron @olaf27 Dwight would be sick and be a lot of star power in MIA but the smarter choice is to draft someone like michael carter williams with the pick the make a play of al jefferson

Braktooth
Braktooth

@uncledrew @RaptorFan @sccrgrmany Getting Gay and his 40% shooting is definitely mismanaged, at that price. Gay isn't good, he's talented, but not good. I would have fired Colangelo immediately for making that trade and not getting rid of Bargnarni at the same time.

uncledrew
uncledrew

@RaptorFan @uncledrew @sccrgrmany so getting rudy gay, lowery, and teaming them up with derozan, valanciunas... thats mismanaged right? keep it up youngblood... seems your a fan of garbage soft overrated players... you probably think bargnani is a player to build off of too...

RaptorFan
RaptorFan

@uncledrew @RaptorFan @sccrgrmany  Clearly if you knew the situation surrounding the franchise, you'd notice that just before the departure of Vince Carter, up until just recently with the firing of Bryan Colangelo the team has been mismanaged. The best player he ever played with was a 33 year old Jermaine O'Niel. Yeah that definitely sounds like good management...It seems age has made you senile. 

metalkiwis
metalkiwis

@jojomogir @BlackSession1 @6marK6 If you have the cap room, like Charlotte has, you can. They could trade him for a bag of balls if miami would go for it.


And even if miami did give up Bosh for literally nothing, they would have 60 million committed in salaries for next season. So no cap room, but no paying the tax either.