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Report: Mavericks to target Chris Bosh in free agency

Nov 27, 2013, 6:27 PM EDT

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This summer LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh can all opt out in Miami and the smart money says they all will, looking to get longer deals. Odds also are very good LeBron doesn’t go anywhere — look at the teams going after him, you think he wants to go to the mess in Cleveland or get second billing to Kobe’s farewell tour? — and Dwyane Wade is going to play for Miami his entire career. Whatever condition his knees are in.

Bosh on the other hand…

I’d say better than 50/50 he stays too. Miami is not going to do better (we’ll get into that in a bit) and they want him back, the question will be price. Other teams are going to target him, too.

Including the Dallas Mavericks, reports ESPN (hat tip to Eye on Basketball).

The Dallas Mavericks will have cap space and some star power but league executives expect them to target another Heat free agent, Dallas native Bosh.

Going to play at home might well be a pull for Bosh, but it wasn’t in 2010. So would the thought that in a couple years Dirk Nowitzki will retire and the Mavericks would become Bosh’s franchise to lead.

But Bosh and Nowitzki — to stretch bigs who like to play outside the paint — would be an odd and awkward pairing. It doesn’t strike me as a good defensive pairing. Frankly it doesn’t strike me as something Mark Cuban would go hard after.

But it’s out there being discussed.

In the end I think Miami ponies up to keep Bosh. Tell me where Miami is going to get a better elite power forward who can stretch the floor for the max $10 million they could spend on another free agent (and that’s how much they have only if they let Mario Chalmers, Ray Allen and other role players walk). For all the holes we can pick in the Heat roster, they are the two time defending champs and will remain contenders for as long as that “big three” are healthy and LeBron is near his peak.

But it’s something to watch, Dallas may have Bosh in their sights.

  1. blahblah1000 - Nov 27, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    At they least they have a plan, unlike the Knicks!

    • elcapitanfiscal - Nov 27, 2013 at 7:33 PM

      Haha the knicks…

  2. spthegr8 - Nov 27, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    A frontline featuring Dirk and Bosh, would probably be good together. But they would be SOFTER than wet toilet paper.

  3. cantcrack - Nov 27, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    After averaging 24 and 10 in Toronto, Bosh’s game in Miami mirrors Nowitzki’s.

    • asimonetti88 - Nov 27, 2013 at 10:38 PM

      Bosh is a good player, don’t get me wrong, but that comparison makes no sense. Dirk is a Hall of Famer, one of the best of all time. Bosh is a Hall of Very Gooder.

      • kinggw - Nov 28, 2013 at 12:00 AM

        Bosh is a clear hall of famer. He’s already an 8 time all star, two time champion, and despite his role as the third wheel on the Heat, still has career averages of 19 and 9. Dirk’s numbers aren’t that much better. He has career averages of 22 and 8 with a few more all star games and a MVP.

        There isn’t a great divide between the two. If Bosh decided to stay in the T dot he could have continued to put up impressive individual numbers as the number one option. Luckily for Heat fans he chose to chase rings instead.

        Doug Collins said it best tonight, numbers don’t tell the story of how important he is to the Heat

      • genericcommenter - Nov 28, 2013 at 11:51 AM

        We’ve been over this many times here, but Bosh is considered a likely HOFer by people who compile statistics and calculate the probability of such things.

        For example, Basketball Reference has his HOF probability as 94.5%, 9th among active players- just behind Ray Allen.

  4. legend30 - Nov 27, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    I thought Mavericks was getting Deron Williams and Dwight Howard, now it’s Chris Bosh? You guys know what happens next. Mavericks are going to end up signing someone like Luol Deng or Rudy Gay.

    • mytthor - Nov 28, 2013 at 4:27 AM

      I think given his recent career trend, you can make a solid case both Deng and Bosh would be more desirable than D-Will at this time.

      • legend30 - Nov 28, 2013 at 2:42 PM

        I agree, but at the time D. Williams was still considered an elite PG.

  5. sportsguygerald - Nov 27, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    Don’t think the Mavs will be interested in going after Bosh

    • kinggw - Nov 27, 2013 at 7:14 PM

      Given their record chasing big name free agents, it doesnt matter if they are interested or not. We know how this story is going to end and it doesn’t end with Bosh in a Mavs uni.

  6. 22yearsagotoday - Nov 27, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Don’t underestimate the value “home” has on some people. Bosh might be one of them. Dallas is a world class city, same as Miami. If he likes BBQ he’s going home!

  7. antistratfordian - Nov 27, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    You know what though? Bosh did say that winning has become addictive and that he never wants to go back to not being a contender. So if he’s coming from that point of view next summer and he’s weighing the Mavs and 36 year old Dirk and the Heat and 29 year old LeBron… I think he’d go out of his way to stay in Miami.

  8. peddealer - Nov 27, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Although livid Cuban let Chandler walk(best C for Nowitzki in the NBA)

    I have trust in him.
    I also have trust in signing the right mid tier players and not just 1 max and a bunch of minimums.

    2011 was a great team, and people forget going into the year the Mavs #2 scoring option was Caron Butlet who went out for the season and they still won.

    Point is, they cannot win it this year so why not get a TOP 10 pick in a stacked draft… And fill in the roster with proven vets for the FINAL RUN!

    MFFL

  9. 1972wasalongtimeago - Nov 27, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    More tampering?

  10. qadrir - Nov 27, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Only a loser and a dumb player will opt to play next to aging wannabe star like Dirk. Chris Bosh will end up playing for Rockets or stay with Heat.

    • asimonetti88 - Nov 27, 2013 at 10:41 PM

      Like Rodney Dangerfield used to say, I can’t get no respect! Dirk is one of the best, coming from a Lakers fan who can’t stand the Mavs.

  11. JMClarkent - Nov 27, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    “Only two things come from Texas, and (he) sure don’t look like a bull to me!”

  12. simonwelds - Nov 27, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    Pat Riley keeps and gets who he wants… Case closed

  13. rickyspanish - Nov 27, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    peddealer

    Caron Butlet! My juvenile side wishes that was his real name!

  14. MyTeamsAllStink - Nov 27, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    If I had my way LeBron Wade and Bosh would sign with the Hornets or Kings and totally piss off ESPN and abc by taking a small market team to the title.

  15. ybizzel - Nov 27, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    this is a rumor people.. the Mavs do not need bosh as long as they got Dirk for two more years after this.. they will be looking for a big man though.

  16. ybizzel - Nov 27, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    you can’t believe espn they say anything just so they can say they were first

  17. blueintown - Nov 28, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Alright, since no one else has said it (since, say, 2010), I’ll be that guy: No state income tax in Texas.

    • genericcommenter - Nov 28, 2013 at 11:55 AM

      That’s nice, but are you aware that he lives in Florida now? Which has no individual state income tax, either?

      • blueintown - Nov 29, 2013 at 12:18 AM

        I am, which is precisely why I alluded to 2010, as that was regarded as a factor in his decision to take a sub-max contract while being able to net a higher total than he would be able to in a state where he was assessed an individual income tax. If it was a catalyst in his rationale in 2010, perhaps it would be again in 2014.

      • genericcommenter - Nov 29, 2013 at 9:07 PM

        Alright!

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