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Report: If Rockets strike out with Carmelo Anthony they will try to pry Chris Bosh out of Miami

Jul 4, 2014, 2:21 AM EDT

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What the Rockets could really use is a stretch four, one who can pull a big out of the paint to limit help on Dwight Howard in the post or make it a much longer rotation to slow a James Harden drive. Carmelo Anthony can certainly do that, plus create his own shot, however the feeling is more and more when ‘Melo announces his decision ned week he is going to stay in New York.

Who might be just as good a fit is Chris Bosh.

Not only is he a big who can space the floor with his jumper he’s as good a pick-and-roll defending big as there is in the NBA (something Anthony is not, to put it kindly).

So if they miss out on Anthony the Rockets are going to go after Bosh, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.

Sources told ESPN.com on Thursday night that the Rockets — while still holding out hope that Anthony will choose them after hosting him Wednesday in Houston — have already let Bosh know how interested they are in bringing the Dallas native back to Texas…

Most league observers continue to believe that Heat president Pat Riley will ultimately convince all three Heat stars to re-up by next week, even if Bosh and Wade are forced to take pay cuts.

But sources say the Rockets are determined to test Bosh’s resolve in the event Anthony elects to return to the New York Knicks or to choose one of his other three primary suitors this week.

Bosh is not looking to leave Miami — he told PBT during the Finals he is both personally and professionally happy as a member of the Heat. If LeBron returns expect Bosh to take a pay cut to return (although he reportedly would like five years, $90 million).

However, if Pat Riley can’t improve the roster and LeBron does decide to look around, Bosh will have options as well. Houston is just one of them (the Lakers

  1. antistratfordian - Jul 4, 2014 at 2:26 AM

    When the stars make you drool just like a pasta fazool, that’s a Morey

    • rohlo - Jul 4, 2014 at 5:34 AM

      lame!

      • imakcds - Jul 5, 2014 at 1:38 PM

        lame for Houston fans, but only because it is so true.

    • 1historian - Jul 4, 2014 at 8:07 AM

      good one!!

    • nflcrimerankingscom - Jul 4, 2014 at 12:07 PM

      Stratford school?

      • antistratfordian - Jul 4, 2014 at 6:01 PM

        No. Oxfordian Theory.

  2. ringjames - Jul 4, 2014 at 2:34 AM

    Please Rockets, take Bosh from the Heat. We need the extra cap space.. Sincerely, Heat fans .

    • nflcrimerankingscom - Jul 4, 2014 at 10:50 AM

      you’ll have plenty of cap space when Bosh and James leave.

    • patfic5 - Jul 4, 2014 at 12:26 PM

      What’s a fourth quarter? – Heat fans.

    • eugenesaxe1 - Jul 4, 2014 at 2:33 PM

      You need to be begging someone to take wade.

    • realfootballfan - Jul 5, 2014 at 12:35 AM

      Smart Heat fans aren’t saying this. Bosch is an integral part of what they do defensively. Who fits what they do better there? The Heat’s problem is that their main role players got too old.

  3. bigwii - Jul 4, 2014 at 3:27 AM

    That would be a pretty good fit. In Miami he had to pretend to be something he wasn’t, a center. He can be a stretch 4 next to Howard who will lock down the paint. Very interesting.

    • moseskkim - Jul 4, 2014 at 6:59 AM

      Obviously lebron is the farrrrrrrsuperior player but if bosh fits well. Howard bosh parsons harden beverley would be sickk

    • imakcds - Jul 5, 2014 at 1:41 PM

      here’s no guarantee that Dwight will accept the ONLY role that makes him so valuable and wanted, Defensive Stopper. That’s all we wanted in LA, but he said he wanted the offense to revolve around him.
      If he ever matures, and LEARNS the game, …nah, what a pipedream!!!

  4. cantonbound13 - Jul 4, 2014 at 4:45 AM

    Funny how there is zero interest in Wade from other teams. Yet Wade wants a big contract.

    • daddyb1gdrawz - Jul 4, 2014 at 1:09 PM

      I was thinking the same thing. I have not heard one mention of a team having interest in D-Wade. Miami is loyal to a fault with him. I believe Miami has always paid D-Wade market value. There is no reason that should change now. Of the three I think Bosh is the most likely to stay regardless of what happens with Lebron. I know it would be a schrewd business move but Miami has the upper hand with Wade. They can offer him 8M/season and it will be his best offer. Everyone sees that he is broken down. The worst thing Miami can do is give Wade a 4-5 year deal. If Lebron ops in for 1-2 years Miami should do the same with Wade and Bosh and start over from scratch as they go to their prospective teams.

  5. tomasekradek - Jul 4, 2014 at 5:12 AM

    I would like to see him in Houston, he is a really good fit. But I also think that Terrence Jones can be pretty good player one day if he continues his development. But Rockets want to win now so I’m ok with Bosh as long as he is willing to accept 10-12/year which he is worth, not a penny more.

    • rohlo - Jul 4, 2014 at 5:36 AM

      terrence jones is not a true stretch pf..he is a tweener! i like jones,but he cant play against guys like aldridge..they eat him alive!!!

      • tomasekradek - Jul 4, 2014 at 7:25 AM

        Never said he is, I admit that Bosh is better fit and better player. But he is also a few years older and “few” millions more expensive with no upside so I’m good with Terrence.
        By the way name 5 players who wouldn’t be eaten alive by Aldridge in his playoffs mode. Maybe 3 would be enough for me

        6thsense10: That doesn’t mean he is worth it, some teams seem to be desperate in their star searching. How much would you give him?

    • 6thsense10 - Jul 4, 2014 at 6:27 AM

      It’s cute you think Bosh is worth 10 to 12 per year. However the people who make the hiring decisions have him valued at 15 – 18 per year.

      • casualcommenter - Jul 4, 2014 at 10:34 AM

        Agreed. For the people who haven’t been paying attention to this offseason, borderline washed up bigs like Chris Kaman are getting $5 million per year deals from a small market teams like Portland.

        Chris Bosh is a big man with shooting range who has learned how to play good pick and roll defense as a member of the Heat. Those guys get paid a lot of money in the NBA.
        Josh Smith last year got a $12 million per year deal despite jacking up a lot of crappy long jumpers when he’s a bad shooter outside of the paint.

        That’s a $12 million per year player in today’s NBA, and Bosh, while not an All-NBA player, is clearly better than Smith.

    • progress2011 - Jul 4, 2014 at 6:28 AM

      At 10-12/ year….don’t ya think he would just stay with the team he’s won 2 rings with….playing alongside the BEST player in the league!

      Guess you won’t be seeing him in Houston…other than in his Heat uniform, when they come to town.

      • casualcommenter - Jul 4, 2014 at 10:38 AM

        Completely agreed.

        According to reports, Riley wants Bosh to accept $12 million per year as a sacrifice, while Bosh wants to get paid $15 million next year with raises that bring his salary up to $18 million as the salary cap rises over time.

        If I’m given a choice between $12 million per year to play with LeBron versus $10 million to play with Harden and Howard, it’s an easy decision. If we want to get him in Houston, we’ll have to start with at least $15 million per year as an offer.

  6. undagroundnbablogspot - Jul 4, 2014 at 6:33 AM

    I personally believe Bosh would be a better fit for Houston than Melo, because he has a defensive presence and doesn’t demand the ball nearly as much. I’m sure the Rockets would have had a better chance acquiring him if they showed him the same love they showed Melo instead of chasing fanfare and popularity. To me the Rockets chasing Melo first, even when there’s other player(s) who may be a better fit, and even going as dissing Jeremy Lin in the process proves to me that they’re more interested in ticket sales than winning a Championship, not saying there’s anything wrong with that.

    • casualcommenter - Jul 4, 2014 at 10:28 AM

      Completely agreed. Yes, Chris Bosh’s scoring has gone down since joining the Heat, but that’s because Bosh is asked to space the floor while Wade and especially LeBron attack the paint. His scoring efficiency has gone up even though he’s asked to take long jumpers because Wade can’t hit long-range jumpers, so without Bosh playing like a shooting guard outside of the paint, the Heat’s offense wouldn’t have much space to operate.

      Likewise, Bosh’s defense has improved a lot since joining the Heat. Carmelo’s defense has improved a bit, but Bosh is a better defender than Carmelo, and with the loss of Asik, the Rockets need good defensive bigs to help Howard. Also, when thinking about the ideal guy to join a team with Harden and Howard, who both want a lot of touches, it makes sense to target a guy you KNOW is okay with only getting 14 shots per game, rather than Carmelo, who might not react well to going long stretches without the ball in his hands.

    • casualcommenter - Jul 4, 2014 at 10:44 AM

      However, in defense of Morey, one fair reason to prioritize Anthony over Bosh is that Anthony is arguably easier to convince to leave than Bosh.

      Signing Bosh would require him to leave a state without an income tax (Florida) and a team that made four consecutive Finals and one of the 2 best players in the NBA (LeBron James).

      Signing Carmelo would require him to leave a state with an income tax (New York) and a team that views getting out of the first round of the playoffs to be a historic achievement and a bunch of far from great players like broken down Amar’e, Andrea Bargnani, Metta World Peace, Lamar Odom, and Pablo Prigioni, most of whom are in clear decline.

      • jimbo75025 - Jul 4, 2014 at 1:49 PM

        Texas doesn’t have an income tax either there chief.

        I would also bet that 12-15 million $ goes a lot further in Houston than it does in Miami. Of course Houston doesn’t have all the glitz and glamour but I thought that Bosh had gotten married and settled down so I do not think he is hitting the clubs every night anyway.

  7. davidly - Jul 4, 2014 at 6:41 AM

    CB should be their first option.

  8. m4a188 - Jul 4, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    He has a much better chance of winning riding Lebron’s coattails in the East than he would if he was with the flopper and one-trick pony in the West. Don’t expect him to leave, money does not seem to be his primary motive.

  9. lphboston - Jul 4, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    Bosh will go anyplace where he doesn’t have to work hard.
    In Chicago they would not put up with him.

  10. Mr. Wright 212 - Jul 4, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    They’re not getting him, either.

  11. nickjackalson - Jul 4, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    He´d probably be beast in Chi
    he´s a defensive big now..in the heat system..pair him with Noah or Gibson and Butler, under Tibbs schemes and that´ll be lock down

  12. cgallegos92 - Jul 4, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    Almost comical lol bosh wont leave his boyfriends in miami

  13. realfootballfan - Jul 5, 2014 at 12:32 AM

    That’s not going to happen either. Shouldn’t have spent so much on choke artist, Harden.

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