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Chris Bosh to the Rockets?

Apr 29, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

nba_bosh1.jpgChris Bosh had a stellar season for the Toronto Raptors. Despite his contributions, the Raptors were unable to hold to the eighth playoff spot in the East when Bosh missed the last few games of the season due to injury. Bosh is a free agent next summer. Given Bosh’s individual success without a playoff series victory to call his own, there’s a lot of speculation that Bosh will go the Pau Gasol route this summer and find himself as the second option/option 1b on a team ready to become a serious contender.

Miami, New York (along with LeBron, of course), Los Angeles, and Chicago have all been mentioned as possible destinations for Bosh. Today, ESPN’s Marc Stein mentioned the possibility that Bosh could be playing for Houston next season. From the article:

The Rockets’ No. 1 free-agent target? Sources say it’s still Bosh, who earlier this season said the idea of playing in his hometown of Dallas holds limited appeal … but hasn’t said anything to suggest that he wouldn’t play somewhere else in his home state.

If the Raptors and Bosh reach the expected conclusion that it’s time for an amicable divorce, Houston has amassed an enticing cache of sign-and-trade assets. One source, offering one small example, says that the Raptors are intrigued by young forward Jordan Hill, whom the Rockets extracted from the Knicks in the Tracy McGrady three-way deal in February.

This is obviously all speculation at this point. But it is intriguing speculation. Imagine a Yao/Bosh frontcourt if Yao is healthy next season. Bosh can move without the ball, make open jumpers, and get to the rim easily if the defense isn’t loading up on him, which will make double-teaming Yao in the post much more difficult. When Bosh initiates the offense by taking his man off the dribble, Yao’s excellent mid-range touch can keep the floor spaced for him. And remember, Kevin Martin is going to start quarters off by crashing into people and getting the Rockets in the bonus. Assuming Martin is healthy.

The Rockets are a well-coached team that got the most out of their roster on their way to a 42-40 record. What they need is more firepower. Bosh would certainly provide that. Trying to keep up with all the rumors, speculation, and possible player movements this summer will be maddening. Imagining what teams could look like after all these potentially franchise-altering moves, however, can be a lot of fun.  

  1. brothersteve - Apr 29, 2010 at 7:48 PM

    There are a lot of teams who want to bid on Bosh. Why not Houston?
    Be prepared to part with Scola, Hill, and more to get it done though.
    Don’t be part of “We’re going to get an All-Star for scraps crowd” That is just disingenuous.
    At least point out the pieces the Rockets might really have to convince the Raptors to S&T their FA to your team.
    But there is no reason Houston can’t join the speculation party. Why not, everyone else has!
    And it is fun.

  2. Anonymous - Apr 30, 2010 at 12:59 PM

    If he is a free agent why would you have to give up Jordan hill or Luis scola for him? Is he too expensive too sign him and keep the rest of the guys?

  3. FrankyVito - Apr 30, 2010 at 3:14 PM

    Because the smartest GM in sports (Daryl Morey) figures that since these teams can sign there own FA’s at more than anyone else They wouldn’t want to sign somewhere else for less so teams with more trade chips have the advantage… and I believe him

  4. NYfan - Apr 30, 2010 at 4:52 PM

    Sure, that makes sense for Houston, but why in the name of god would Toronto want to do that? Jordan Hill and Bargnani as their starting front-court? The salaries don’t come close to matching, anyways.
    If they were do pull the trigger on the proposed Andrew Bynum sign and trade with the Lakers, however, they get shot-blocking, rebounding and a complement to the finesse game of Bargnani, ala Dirk/Dampier, Lewis/Howard, etc.
    Bosh is getting his money, that much is for sure – he’ll supply a list of teams to Bryan Colangelo. I seriously doubt Houston could offer as nice a package as LA, Dallas, or some of the other players.

  5. Htown - May 2, 2010 at 2:15 PM

    If the rockets signed bosh scola wouldnt be resigned. it would be two much money that he wants cause he had a heck of a year. Bosh even said he doesnt really wanna play in his home town Dallas but wouldnt mind other cities in Texas, Hello Houston. He wants a ring like everyone else and if you put him in houston with yao their a lock for the title next year. they had a good year with out their best player and one of the best players in the game. add two of the best and youve got a hell of a team.

  6. kshppatel - May 2, 2010 at 3:07 PM

    Obviously we will have to give up something if we really want Bosh. I was reading the paper today and Morey plans to go all out as far as recruiting pitches go. If we do want Bosh we will probably have to part ways with Scola, Hill, maybe even Brooks.

  7. rockets fan - May 3, 2010 at 8:27 AM

    Chris Bosh could just leave and Toronto would get nothing for him correct? Yeah so Colangelo cant really pick and choose what he wants (Scola). He will probably get Hill, some draft picks and an expiring contract but thats about it.

  8. Tanveer - May 3, 2010 at 11:47 AM

    Is it me or is everyone forgetting the draft picks we received from the knicks.Those can be potential pieces in getting bosh here. I think we would have to part ways with scola or jordan hill but not both. Morey is a genius and he will make a deal that will only benefit our team

  9. Doug - May 9, 2010 at 12:03 PM

    Look at every siugn and trade the Raptors have ever done. The Frachise is a joke. We probably will only have to trade them a turd sandwhich and Jordan Hill.

  10. tyrone jan ibale - May 12, 2010 at 9:02 PM

    rockets have a big player with yao martin ariza and brooks..if rockets get cris bosh.houston realy do to get a championship get bosh to support yao from the frontcourt. kiven martin,yao ming,trevor ariza,aaron brooks,and also bosh that the key of rockets to get a championship ring….go housto rockets.go

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