Chris Bosh has been one of the hottest names in the NBA this offseason, as his future with the Miami Heat has been in question due to health concerns. Over the last couple of years, Bosh has developed very dangerous blood clot issues, and the Heat were not willing to clear him to play.
After yet another setback, the Heat have made it clear that Bosh will not be playing for them. Pat Riley issued a statement on the situation yesterday and said that Bosh will not be playing in Miami again. He didn’t mention whether he’d be willing to trade Bosh to a team that is willing to clear him, but it seems likely that the Heat would consider a deal if another team showed interest.
“We feel that, based on the last exam, that his Heat career is probably over. It’s pretty definitive from us, in our standpoint, that this is probably going to be a time where we really have to step back. His health, playing and economics — it’s been health, health, health. Whatever the cap ramifications are, they are there, but we never ever thought about that.”
It certainly is the end of an era in Miami, as Bosh was the last remaining part of the Heat’s “Big Three” that included LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Bosh. James left to rejoin the Cleveland Cavaliers two years ago, while Wade decided to sign with his hometown Chicago Bulls this offseason.
Could the Bulls now look to acquire Bosh if the Heat are willing to trade him for a cheap price?
Last season in the 53 regular season games that Bosh was able to play in, he averaged 19.1 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. He shot 46.7 percent from the field overall and knocked down 36.5 percent from the three-point line. Bosh still has plenty of basketball left to play if he can get his health concerns figured out.
Bosh has been very vocal about his desire to play through the blood clot issue. He has posted on his Twitter account that it isn’t a matter of if he will play again, but rather when he will take the court again.
It will certainly be interesting to see which teams show interest in acquiring Bosh. Miami could decide to hang onto Bosh and simply let him sit on the sidelines while they pay the remainder of his deal. That being said, it would be a very unclassy move by Riley, which makes that route very unlikely.
What would the Bulls have to give up in order to bring Bosh on board? It likely won’t have to be anything too terribly valuable. They would have to make salaries match, but Miami doesn’t have much bargaining power.
Perhaps the Bulls would be willing to part with Taj Gibson if the Heat added more to the deal. That still wouldn’t get the salaries to where they need to be, but if the Bulls feel confident that Bosh can play and produce, they could also add Robin Lopez into the trade.
Bosh thinks that he will be able to produce even more in the future than he has throughout his illustrious career thus far.
Trading for Bosh will be a risk for any team that decides to make the move. For a team like the Bulls, however, it could be the difference between advancing one round in the Eastern Conference playoffs and competing with James and the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Expect to hear plenty more news about Bosh come out in the coming weeks. As training camp gets underway for teams around the league, teams will begin looking to address needs that they see. Chicago may not have any interest in making a deal, but Bosh would be a huge addition to the frontcourt after losing Pau Gasol in free agency this past offseason.
Do you think Chris Bosh would be a good addition for the Chicago Bulls? Will Bosh get back to being a star in the NBA following these blood clot issues? Let us know your thoughts in the comment box below!
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