Welcome to NBA free agency, fans. As of midnight eastern, teams are free to talk to any player they wish. Of course, even if talks aren’t confirmed, rumors start flying instantly, and with some of the names on the market, you know it’s going to be fast and furious. If you’re Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak, what better way to kick things off than to go after one of the “Big Three”, former Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh?
Late last night, Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles tweeted that the team from Tinseltown may have interest in Bosh, who would presumably fill the role of Pau Gasol should the Spaniard choose to leave in free agency. On paper, the move would make sense. Gasol is four years older than Bosh with injuries becoming more and more of a concern.
Signing Bosh would also allow the team to remove themselves from the Kevin Love trade sweepstakes that could still happen at any moment. With Kobe Bryant‘s career inevitably winding down, retaining their younger players is only going to get more and more important.
Here’s the problem, though. Not only is Bosh likely to want a max deal if he were to leave Miami, but in the stacked Western Conference, the Lakers are way more than any one piece from being a serious playoff contender. The money and lights of Hollywood could certainly be enough to draw any player to the west coast, but the Lakers absolutely must be in championship mode. This marriage just wouldn’t be good for either party in the near future.
Note, of course, that the chances of Bosh leaving LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are still incredibly small. When you’ve got a player like Bosh free, though, you’d have to be a fool not to at least kick the ideas around.