The Charlotte Bobcats have made it clear that they plan to make some noise in this coming off-season, whether it’s through the 2013 NBA Draft, free agency or trades. They obviously don’t have the roster or big-market appeal to attract the top free agents like Dwight Howard and Chris Paul, but that doesn’t mean there still aren’t moves to be made.
Charlotte has the fourth pick in June 27’s draft and has a bevy of options with what they can do with the pick. They obviously could address some of their team needs by adding an elite wing scorer, sound defenders or depth to their frontcourt. However, one option that is being thrown around more often these days is the possibility of the Bobcats trading the pick.
According to a report from Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe, the Bobcats could be interested in talking with the Miami Heat about a trade that would send the fourth pick to the Heat and star forward Chris Bosh to Charlotte. The report said nothing on whether the talks have been initiated or not, but there is a definite need in Charlotte that Bosh would fill.
Last season, the Bobcats frontcourt rotation consisted of Byron Mullens, Bismack Biyombo, Jeff Adrien, Josh McRoberts, Brendan Haywood and doses of Hakim Warrick and Tyrus Thomas. The kindest way to describe all of those players is that they’re works-in-progress. If Bosh were to come to Charlotte, he would instantly become their best overall player and the face of the franchise.
Though Bosh has been much-maligned in the playoffs, especially as of late, there’s no doubt that he’s effective when he’s the guy. In his final season as the go-to-guy with the Toronto Raptors, Bosh averaged 24 points, 10.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists and one block per game on 51.8 percent shooting. There’s no doubt he would be used at the same rate if he were to come to Charlotte and it’s hard to deny that he’d be able to produce.
If talks were to start between the Bobcats and the Heat, it’s highly likely that the Heat would be reluctant to ship Bosh out of town at all, much less for just a draft pick. However, the Bobcats do have some young assets like a Gerald Henderson and others that they could potentially throw into the deal.
Even then, it still seems like a stretch to imagine Bosh coming to the Bobcats, but it seems relatively harmless for the Bobcats to at least see if the Heat have any interest in making a deal.