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NBA Miami Heat

Where Will Chris Bosh Play Next Season?

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA Finals will go a long way to determining the future of Chris Bosh. Bosh has been heavily criticized as of late for his soft play. It wasn’t supposed to be this way for Bosh in Miami. He went there to make life easier; instead, he’s subjected himself to the harsh glare of the spotlight. If the Miami Heat don’t win their second NBA title in two years, look for them to move Bosh in the offseason.

Chris Bosh was once considered one of the NBA’s rising stars, an 8-time All-star Bosh is one of the most skilled big men in the game today. The problem for Bosh is that he became comfortable in Miami, comfortable and content to play 3rd fiddle to LeBron James and Dwayne Wade. The result is that he’s become so comfortable that when the Heat need him to step up, he can’t summon the intestinal fortitude to do so.

Bosh’s decline during the playoffs has been scary. Bosh has only averaged 8.4 points per game and 5.0 rebounds per, while shooting 28 percent from the field. If the Heat lose, Bosh will be one of the primary scapegoats and the most likely of the Big Three to be traded.

Trading Bosh will be a difficult proposition for Miami. Bosh has a player option in 2014, meaning that he can choose to resign with Miami or test the free agent market. Bosh’s preference of teams would be a large consideration in any deal made.

The situation is reminiscent of Deron Williams’ last year in Utah. Williams was traded to the Brooklyn Nets without a long term contract in place. The Nets spent the better part of the year wooing Williams.

Considering these factors, shipping Bosh to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Pau Gasol is the perfect solution.  The Lakers are in desperate need of youth and athleticism, while the Heat are desperate for help inside. Bosh would fit much better into Mike D’Antoni’s scheme than Gasol does. He’d almost be encouraged to shoot the long jumpers he so loves.

Living in Los Angles and playing for one of sports glamor franchises, may be enough to convince Bosh to resign with the Lakers. Bosh is currently slated to make $17.5 million the next four years (again with the player option at the end of next year), while Gasol is at $19 million over the next two years.

The Lakers would actually save money against the cap and depending on Dwight Howard’s decision and Kobe’s Achilles, the Lakers could be a contender with a Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Bosh and Howard nucleus.