NBA Rumors: Bobcats Could Pursue Chris Bosh Trade With No. 4 Pick in Draft

Matt SchreiberAnalyst IIIJune 10, 2013

Jun 3, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat center Chris Bosh (1) gestures at the end of game 7 of the 2013 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at American Airlines Arena.  Miami Heat defeated the Indiana Pacers 99-76 to win the series 4 games to 3 .Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell- USA TODAY Sports
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Yes, the Charlotte Bobcats could pursue Chris Bosh with their No. 4 pick in the 2013 NBA draft, but let's be real here, the Miami Heat won't be dealing. 

Sure, there is plenty of talent available on the board in the upcoming draft, but there isn't one player on the board worth giving up a 6'11" sharpshooter for. Bosh has had his struggles in the 2013 NBA Playoffs, including being owned in the paint by Indiana's Roy Hibbert.

It's no secret the Heat need a big physical presence inside to contest guys like Hibbert, but that doesn't mean jump ship and send Bosh packing. Especially when there is no one guy on the board worth drafting at No. 4 that could immediately step in and serve as a physical presence inside.

Gary Washburn from The Boston Globe has brought the rumor to the surface:

The Charlotte Bobcats are looking to make a splash this summer and are open to trading their first-round pick in a package for an All-Star-caliber player. There are rumors the Heat will be looking to deal Chris Bosh, and the Bobcats, who are under the salary cap and could accept Bosh’s near-maximum deal, could be a prime candidate. As much as Charlotte would love to build through the draft, team officials understand they have to start winning and need a player to be the face of the franchise. Bosh could serve that purpose.

Bosh is currently 29 years old and is slated to cash in $63 million over the next three seasons under his current contract with the Heat. He does have the option to opt out after the 2014 or 2015 season.

One thing is for certain, the Heat are in win-now mode, not a rebuilding mode. Dwyane Wade is getting older and LeBron James has been linked to rumors of heading back to Cleveland after the 2014 or 2015 season. Once the "Big Three" is officially broken up or LeBron decides to leave, Miami could very well turn into a losing team, especially since there isn't much young talent to build around.

And make no mistake, if Miami doesn't win the 2013 NBA Finals, Pat Riley and company will have to re-evaluate the roster upon the season's end. If any one guy is going to be traded, it's certainly going to be Chris Bosh.

Though the only way Bosh is going to get traded is if the Heat are going to receive a big, strong, 7-footer who can step in immediately, protect the glass and score at the rim with ease. In a league that continues to be starving for more guys who fit that description, the chances of Miami being able to land one in a trade for Bosh is highly unlikely.

Win the 2013 NBA Finals or not, the Heat have still dominated with their current roster and have made three consecutive trips to the championship. As much as the Bobcats would love to welcome Bosh to Charlotte, fans of the NBA's most depressing franchise should start focusing on what's realistic.