Multiple teams have shown interest in moving their pick in this year’s draft for veteran help. The Charlotte Bobcats have also explored this route, after a report surfaced last week of their reoccuring interest in Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins.
In Sunday’s Boston Globe, writer Gary Washburn says the Bobcats are interested in Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh. They would likely dangle the fourth pick in this year’s draft, if the Heat make Bosh available.
The Bobcats are expected to be at least $20 million under the cap for next season, which would be enough to absorb Bosh’s salary for next season. He’s expected to make a little over $19 million in 2013-14. Washburn writes that as much as the Bobcats would be content to rebuild through the draft, team officials realize they need to win soon. Bosh would give the team a franchise piece they’ve been seeking to improve right away.
The Bobcats “are looking to make a splash this summer,” according to Washburn.
With the NBA’s new punitive luxury tax rules in the Collective Bargaining Agreement, there’s been heavy speculation that Miami won’t be able to keep their all-star trio together long-term. A second loss in the NBA Finals could provide more incentive.
The Bobcats have struggled with frontcourt play for the past few seasons. Despite Bosh’s struggles in the postseason, he remains an all-star caliber power forward. He averaged just 16.6 points, 6.8 rebounds on 53.5% shooting this season as a third option in Miami’s star-heavy attack.
Bosh would give more reason for fans to attend games, which is timely with the Bobcats future name change to the Charlotte Hornets. The Bobcats could feature Bosh more and he could return to being the 20-point scorer he was during his time in Toronto. The team ranked 27th in home attendance last season.
If traded, Bosh could opt out after the upcoming season to seek a longer contract in a more desireable situation. He has a $20.5 million early termination option for the 2014-15 season.
The idea of acquiring Bosh is currently a pipe-dream. However, fans should be encouraged that by most indications, the Bobcats are not going to be afraid to spend to improve this offseason.
Would You Trade The #4 Pick For Chris Bosh?
- Yes, without a doubt. (48%, 88 Votes)
- No chance. (52%, 96 Votes)
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