The latest NBA trade rumors are focused on former All-Star Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat. The power forward and center combo player has been riding the bench for recent seasons, all due to a medical issue he’s been unable to get cleared with the team. Due to that, Bosh has been unable to play and help a team that just recently lost All-Star leader Dwyane Wade. Now, it appears that a certain Los Angeles Clippers player is lobbying for Bosh to join his squad.
Just recently, TMZ Sports caught up with Clippers star DeAndre Jordan. The big man famous for his high field-goal percentage, rebounding, blocked shots, and lack of consistent free-throw shooting made some bold comments. He appears to want his L.A. team to consider adding Bosh to the mix, along with himself, Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, and others. However, it’s what Jordan said he’s willing to do to get Bosh on the team that’s interesting.
When TMZ found Jordan in Los Angeles and asked his thoughts on Bosh, the big man made an intriguing statement.
“I think that he should come to the Clippers… I’d come off the bench!”
While it’s possible that Jordan may have been saying it in jest, it’s also possible he wouldn’t mind having someone to help out the team. Last year, the team had high hopes entering the postseason, but those were dashed when both Chris Paul and Blake Griffin got hurt. Instead of advancing to the Western Conference Finals and possibly the NBA Finals, Los Angeles fell in the first round to the Portland Trail Blazers.
There haven’t been any NBA trade rumors circling around Bosh heading to the Clippers per se, but there have been plenty of discussions about Blake Griffin being dealt. The HNGN site mentioned a possible three-team deal in their report the other day which would involve Griffin ending up on the Chicago Bulls. The Clippers would pick up Kenneth Faried in that particular swap, while Denver would get Jimmy Butler.
With Griffin constantly being mentioned as a trade candidate, having another big man in town couldn’t hurt. Even if Griffin and Jordan stayed around, having Bosh come off the bench would help quite a bit. It would certainly give the Clippers the depth they need in case one of the other big man gets injured.
Over the past two seasons, Bosh only got on the court for a combined 97 games of 164 total. However, his numbers have still remained at a nice level, with his scoring dipping just slightly last season. For his career, Bosh is averaging 19.1 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 0.6 blocks per game. Last season, he had 19.2 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks in 53 games with the Heat.
Back in January of this year, the Clippers were without Blake Griffin for a considerable amount of time and actually played well in his absence. At the time, SBNation even proposed swapping Griffin and Bosh, saying it was first suggested by HBO’s Bill Simmons. At the time, the report said that Miami could get Griffin and also make a pitch to Kevin Durant or Al Horford. They also mentioned Wade still being part of the team. As it stands now, Wade is gone, while Durant and Horford found new teams. That’s not to say this still couldn’t happen. The window of opportunity for Bosh to compete and contribute to an NBA playoff run is shrinking, though.
As things are right now, Bosh is stuck in Miami, and the Heat are stuck having to pay him. The unfortunate story could be that he never really plays again and is forced to retire from the game of basketball. Still, it would be great to see him back on the court again, on his terms, and possibly competing for another NBA championship.
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