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Report: Bobcats want to trade for No. 4 pick for Chris Bosh

Jun 9, 2013, 3:51 PM EDT

Miami Heat player Chris Bosh speaks to the media before a team practice ahead of Game 2 of the NBA Finals basketball playoff against the San Antonio Spurs in Miami Reuters

This is just not going to happen.

It’s not. The Cavaliers are struggling to trade the No. 1 pick for anything decent but the Heat would move Chris Bosh for the No. 4 pick in a down draft? No. Not happening.

However, there is a report from Gary Washburn at the Boston Globe that the Bobcats want to try to make that happen.

The Charlotte Bobcats are looking to make a splash this summer and are open to trading their first-round pick in a package for an All-Star-caliber player. There are rumors the Heat will be looking to deal Chris Bosh, and the Bobcats, who are under the salary cap and could accept Bosh’s near-maximum deal, could be a prime candidate. 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

Bosh, 29, is set to make about $62 million over the next three seasons under his current deal. He can choose to opt out after the 2014 or 2015 seasons.

Hate on Bosh all you want the fact is he is crucial to the small ball game the Miami Heat play. Erik Spoelstra consistently calls Bosh the Heat’s most important player, because he makes their spacing possible (at least when he hits shots). If they move him, they have to get someone who can play like him at a much cheaper price and there aren’t a lot of guys like him.

Make no mistake, win or lose in the finals Pat Riley and the Heat brain trust need to be looking at ways to evolve this roster into one that can continue to win three to five years from now. That may mean breaking up their “big three.” LeBron James will be fine, but what about Dwyane Wade? And when changes come Bosh might be the guy who does get moved. However that is not happening after three straight NBA Finals trips.

And not for the No. 4 pick in a down draft.

It’s interesting that the Bobcats are thinking about looking for a franchise-type player. Good, they need one. But the best one for them to go after now is Andrew Wiggins — this is not the time to make a bold move to try and get the eight seed. I get it, losing sucks and asking fans to be patient sucks. But next year if you have a top 3 pick it is going to change your franchise.

And in a way better than Chris Bosh would.

  1. asimonetti88 - Jun 9, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    might as well shoot for the stars

  2. eureca323 - Jun 9, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    I doubt Chris Bosh would be happy joining the worst team in the NBA. I definitely could see him opting out and leaving them after 1 year if they traded for him. And why do they want to build around a almost 30 year old Chris Bosh who isn’t close to a franchise player anyways.

    As for the Heat. The trade doesn’t make them better. Only reason to do it is to save money. I think most people assume they won’t be able to keep the big 3 together. Next season the hardcore tax starts to kick in. If they can get the 4th pick and also a good player in the trade maybe they do it. However It wont make Lebron very happy.

  3. 13arod - Jun 9, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    i would be fine with that bosh strugging this year now the heat maybe can add howard hopefully

    • andyhr17 - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:44 PM

      Sure, might as well sign Deron Williams while you’re at it….

      • badintent - Jun 10, 2013 at 12:53 AM

        Sorry to report that Williams and 13arod were kidnapped by KGB and sold to North Korea for Williams to entertain Kim with basketball games. 13arod was a thrown in.

  4. kerby720 - Jun 9, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Send us Ben Gordon, the #4 pick this year, and we’ll swap you 1st rounders next year for Pau Gasol.

    – Mitch Kupchak

  5. bellerophon30 - Jun 9, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    The only way Miami even thinks about this trade is if Charlotte throws in Kidd-Gilchrist and the 2017 1st rounder, unprotected (Chicago owns the 2015 pick).

    Oh, and Charlotte will have to take Mike Miller as part of the deal. That sounds like a good deal for both, if Mickey Arison is really intent on not paying a repeater tax.

    • eureca323 - Jun 9, 2013 at 4:31 PM

      This is Chris Bosh we are talking about not Lebron James.

  6. brianjoates - Jun 9, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    Fantasy island thought, would moving bosh allow the heat to open room up for someone like Bynum to bring in for two or three seasons at a discounted price to compete with the bigs in the eastern conference? I am sure LeBron would like to have his captain like magic had on the blocks.

    And if they were to get that 4 pick, you draft oladipo to learn under wade.

    • eureca323 - Jun 9, 2013 at 5:09 PM

      No it won’t give them cap space.

      At best It might open up the full MLE again though. Which is around 5 million. I think Bynum will make at least double that though.

  7. kingbeason52 - Jun 9, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    We need size here in Charlotte…but no thanks on Bosh with that salary…I would rather them go after Milsap or Jefferson on the Jazz..

  8. kevb62 - Jun 9, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    Keep the #4 pick. Bosh, even when he’s not struggling, ain’t worth it.

  9. axelmontoya99 - Jun 9, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    They could send an egg of Bosh to Charlotte

    • badintent - Jun 10, 2013 at 12:55 AM

      Is that like an Ostrich egg ? Cruel and unreasonable punishment

  10. mustbechris - Jun 9, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    They can have Andrew Bynum if they want.

  11. najee12 - Jun 9, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    This is like the ugliest girl in school offering to have sex with you — even if you were desperate you still have standards. Miami should be insulted. As poorly as Chris Bosh has played at times in the playoffs, Miami would not remotely consider trading an All-Star level player for the No. 4 pick in an unspectacular draft. The trade also wouldn’t make sense for Charlotte, because Bosh would opt out of his contract in 2014 and leave the team with nothing.

    The Bobcats’ best choice is to go after someone like Al Jefferson in free agency and trade some of its duplication players (Ramon Sessions, Ben Gordon, Gerald Henderson) and the draft pick in a package deal for a solid veteran (see Indiana’s Danny Granger).

  12. patfic15 - Jun 9, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    I wouldn’t take Bosh at #4 if he were available.

  13. jadaruler - Jun 9, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    I cold see the Bobcats trade the 4 for the Minny 9 & Derrick Williams. I think he could be a quality player on a different team. Go after Osik too.

  14. miamiheatle - Jun 9, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    Given that this was written by the same, no-credibility-having MORON that voted for Melo instead of Lebron for MVP. COMPLETELY DISMISS THIS NONSENSE ARTICLE.

  15. cantonbound13 - Jun 9, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    MJ really has an eye for talent. I guess 6’11 shooting guards are hard to find.

  16. money2long - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    byron mullens is sorta a poor man’s bosh . just throwing that out there

    • 00maltliquor - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:24 PM

      There are people out there that I’m sure would scoff at that comment, but you sir, are correct IMHO. Forget poor mans, more like a homeless mans version. But some kind of version of Bosh nonetheless.

  17. mcjon22 - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    “Think they’d take Boozer? I mean, they did cough up their 2016 pick for Tyrus Thomas?”

    Gar Forman

  18. sportsnut101 - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    It could happen. Miami heat owner. Doesn’t want to pay tax anymore n bosh hasn’t been a max player with the heat

    If Miami doesn’t trade bosh. I can see them trading wade. He’s older n always injured.

    What happens if lebron opts out. Which he will because he’s going for a max deal length wise again bosh will not opt out no1 would give him max deal unless it was bobcats

    I would say give me 4th pick mullens n 2nd rd pick

  19. packhawk04 - Jun 9, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    Bosh isnt that good. Bobcats would be getting ripped off in a big way.

  20. ibreathefootball - Jun 10, 2013 at 2:33 AM

    Miami needs a center, I could see this trade happening and then ol’ not so bright Dwight would want to come to South Beach!

  21. don444 - Jun 11, 2013 at 6:15 AM

    Securing one of the top three picks in the 2014 draft is likely to serve as a catalyst for the rise of the Bobcats? I’m certainly not going to put any stock into that rather large assumption regardless of who’s available.

  22. drago2012 - Jun 11, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    Chocolate Twizzler is not a superstar type player, he is a very good player who could help a lot of teams as long as he does not bug out and start taking too many long range jumpers. Fifteen footer or less he is great. He needs to dribble the ball few steps and take more closer shots at a basket!!! He is a 10 million dollar man tops! Boozer is a step above him due to better rebounding!!! Neither one is that good on the defensive end!!!!

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