Jun 20, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat center Chris Bosh celebrates in the locker room following game seven in the 2013 NBA Finals at American Airlines Arena. Miami defeated San Antonio 95-88 to win the NBA Championship. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Trade Rumors: Miami Heat Shopping Chris Bosh to Acquire 'Bona Fide" Center

It’s no secret that the Miami Heat won the NBA Finals thanks to the play of two of the Big 3 but Chris Bosh continues to be a question mark for the team. Earlier in June it was widely rumored that the Heat were offered the 4th overall pick in the draft by the Bobcats in exchange for Bosh but that ended up to be less true than some Heat fans would have liked.

But the rumors won’t go away as HoopsHype.com is reporting that the Heat will be shopping Bosh in order to gauge his value to see if they can secure a “bona fide” center for next season.

The Heat are likely to determine Bosh’s value on the open market, hoping to acquire a bona fide center. Amazingly, primarily because of James and Wade, the Heat have won consecutive titles without a productive center. But the Indiana series, in which Roy Hibbert controlled the paint like Ray Lewis, exposed Miami’s lack of a post presence. Bosh is not the post player he used to be, especially during his best years in Toronto.

This shouldn’t come as a gigantic shock to anyone as the Heat were indeed beat up in the paint by Roy Hibbert, which was Bosh’s department. They ultimately won the series on the way to back-to-back titles, but Bosh’s poor play against Hibbert made things a lot closer than they might have otherwise been and it displayed a clear ineptitude by Bosh which has made the Heat nervous.

They likely won’t get a better offer than the fourth pick in the draft, but since that rumor never held water, the Heat will likely look to move Bosh to get a veteran center or to make room for a potential return for Greg Oden and another guy that can rotate in an out with him.

 

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