The NBA season isn’t quite to the point where free agents can be strongly considered candidates for landing with specific teams, but rough sketches of potential strategies are being drawn out. Even if the strategies end up not really going anywhere, it’s still interesting to ponder the idea of free agents to be signing with certain teams who could realistically use their talents.
One such free agent is Chris Bosh, who is expected to opt out of his contract at the end of the season and test the market. A return to the Miami Heat in that scenario is tough to envision but not impossible. It’s also not impossible to imagine the Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks or Los Angeles Lakers going in on Bosh to try and bring him to their markets.
Chuck Myron speculated as much in a chat session today, but the speculation makes sense on a few different levels.
You’d have to figure the Mavs would be in play, since they’re close to home for him, but his skills overlap with Nowitzki’s. The same report says there are a lot of teams that would line up with max offers for Bosh, who’s having a great season for Miami, so he could wind up a number of different places. Teams in the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes, like the Bulls and Lakers, might see him as a consolation prize, though that’s just my speculation.
The Bulls going after Bosh is interesting given the team’s general distain for the Heat, but adding Bosh could make sense if the team moves on from Carlos Boozer. Also, if Bosh is a compensation prize for Melo in Chicago, this would mean that Taj Gibson is already gone because if he’s on roster then Bosh isn’t an option.
Dallas and Los Angeles could make runs though as Bosh would fit well on either roster assuming Dirk is cool with the move and the Lakers have moved on from Pau Gasol. Of course, this is all speculation but that doesn’t mean it’s not open for debate.