When it comes to Chris Bosh, don’t count the Houston Rockets out just yet.
Sure, the Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat seem like viable destinations for Bosh, but the Rockets can still make a deal work to land him.
At the same time, with key players in their roster set to be free agents once July 1 strikes, the Rockets will be looking to fill in some missing pieces.
The Rockets have a catchy sales pitch with Aaron Brooks leading the point and have marketable players in their roster for trades.
Let’s take a look at some of those trade buzzes going around for Houston.
To lure Bosh, the Rockets are targeting Joe Johnson via a sign-and-trade deal, and the Rockets would likely have to give up Kevin Martin.
Though Martin is a speedy guard and a better scorer than Johnson, Johnson is the better all-around player, especially alongside Brooks both as a shooter, ball handler, and play-maker.
If the Rockets can grab Johnson, then they could go higher on the Bosh-meter.
Houston can throw punches at Chicago and Miami in the fight for Chris Bosh.
The only downfall for the Rockets is that they don’t have the cap space to buy Bosh. And while the Rockets do sparkle in Bosh’s eyes, Bosh will be looking at teams with enough cap space first, pushing back talks with Houston.
The Rockets can mostly acquire Bosh via a sign-and-trade deal, and Martin always seems to be in some trade mix. Martin and Jordan are high on the Raptors’ radar, and Trevor Ariza has been said to be in the mix.
Aging, slowing, injury-beaten, but yet a fan favorite and key contributor.
Should the Rockets trade Yao Ming?
Ming can still opt to stay in Houston and continue his $17.7 million contract, but with big-men like Chuck Hayes and Luis Scola going in the market on July 1, the Rockets might look for a full-time post player.
Rumors have circulated about a deal with the Celtics for Kendrick Perkins and/or Paul Pierce, or the Lakers, who might look to unload Lamar Odom or Andrew Bynum.
But the Rockets would need Ming, along with Johnson, to entice Bosh.
The Hornets have a seductive trade offer with Chris Paul, and are also looking to shed Emeka Okafur of his contract.
Though the Rockets are secured with Brooks at the guard, the Rockets can pull a deal for Okafur.
But that's just a slight speculation. The Rockets have their eye on Bosh, and will mostly work around their roster to put themselves out there for Bosh.