There are only two certainties as the Los Angeles Lakers move into the 2014 offseason — possessing a top nine draft pick and having tons of flexibility salary cap-wise. With that said, a potential marquee free agent has been linked to the team on various occasions throughout the 2013-2014 NBA season in Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat.
Even before Bosh joined forces with fellow All-Stars Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, Los Angeles expressed limited interest in signing the big man. Ultimately, Bosh made the more sensible decision by signing in Miami as the Heat are on the verge of three-peating as NBA Champions. However, as the years pass, Wade’s health seems to diminish and so does Bosh’s credibility. He may be the least talked about player who has been a vital piece to multiple championships in the history of the league.
Bosh has proven to be a second option to James, or even a viable first option when both James and Wade are sidelined. Despite performing extremely well on the court, Bosh is constantly overlooked unless he plays poorly on a given night. No matter how many times an athlete puts off this sort of attention or lack thereof, it must eat away at them over time. For these reasons, Bosh may shock the NBA world by ditching the big-three in Miami to look for an opportunity where he can be in the spotlight. What better place to do this than in the City of Angels, Los Angeles.
The Lakers’ future may not appear as bright as the Heat’s, but management certainly has the opportunity to potentially construct a championship-caliber team sooner rather than later. It of course must begin by scoring a home run in the draft and then pursuing an elite free agent in addition to a couple of valuable role players. With ample cap space to execute these objectives, signing Bosh does make some sense. Kevin Love is another name linked to the Lakers, yet he does not hit the free agency market for at least one more season. Depending on how quickly the Lakers intend to contend, Love may or may not be part of the future. Also, we cannot assume Love is a definite to join forces with Kobe Bryant in Los Angeles. There is absolutely no reason to logically explain Love leaving an up-and-coming Minnesota Timberwolves team for a Lakers team that just had the worst season in franchise history.
It all really comes down to the heftiness of the contract that Bosh’s camp demands. If he demands a max contract, basically forget about everything linking Bosh to the Lakers because Mitch Kupchak will not grant that wish. On the other hand, if Bosh’s value is a bit below the max contract level, opting to use the cap space this summer would be the smarter decision. Assuming Los Angeles scores huge in the draft, adding Bosh to the mix along with a name like Luol Deng or Trevor Ariza for example, could just be the medicine the franchise needs to once again be considered amongst the league’s elite teams.