Miami Heat Trade Speculation: Chris Bosh to the Los Angeles Clippers?

Robert WayerskiCorrespondent IMarch 10, 2011

CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 24: LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat (R) talks with teammate Chris Bosh #1 during a game against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on February 24, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Heat 93-89. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

It is becoming apparent that Chris Bosh is the one struggling to find his place on the Miami Heat.

In Toronto, he was used to being the No. 1 offensive option—now he is No. 3.

Can the Heat make this work out and still win games? Yes, but here is a trade scenario that could help make the Heat a more complete team:

  • Los Angeles Clippers Receive: Chris Bosh PF
  • Miami Heat Receive: Chris Kaman C, Eric Bledsoe PG

Now before you head to the comments to call my moves crazy or an overreaction to the Heat's losing streak, let's analyze what each team is getting.


Why it works for the Clippers

The emergence of DeAndre Jordan has made Chris Kaman expendable and a valuable trade chip that the Clippers can use to acquire more talent, in this case Chris Bosh.

Now, I know what you are thinking: Chris Bosh and Blake Griffin both play power forward. Yes, that is true, but they play the position very differently.

Part of the reason Bosh isn't fitting in in Miami is that he is not a guy who wants to go down low and score. He wants to take jump shots.

It would be outside the box thinking, but the Clippers could start Bosh as a small forward. The Clips would then have two forwards that could score the ball, and they would be a better rebounding team.

The other benefit is that it would give the Clippers more star power that they need to compete with the Lakers in the Los Angeles market. With Blake Griffin and Chris Bosh on the court, the value of a Clippers courtside seat would go way up.

Eric Bledsoe is a nice player, but with Randy Foye, Mo Williams and a healthy Eric Gordon back next year, Bledsoe is a piece you can move.


Why it works for the Heat

The Heat are probably going to come out of this slump, and they might even be able to eventually win a championship with their "Big Three," but they are not a complete team.

This trade would give them upgrades at the two positions where they are weakest: point guard and center.

With Kaman, they would have a better center than Boston or New York. He is also someone who could guard Dwight Howard or Amar'e Stoudemire and would draw Joakim Noah's attention away from LeBron James at the end of the game.

Eric Bledsoe may not be a huge upgrade at point guard, but the combination of Bledsoe and Mario Chalmers would be an upgrade over anything that the Heat have put on the floor this year. Also, the Heat cannot currently add young depth because they sent draft picks away during the sign-and-trades.

They might miss Bosh in some games, but a starting five of Bledsoe, Dwyane Wade, James, Udonis Haslem and Kaman is much more well-balanced than what they are currently putting on the floor.


Why it works for Chris Bosh

Bosh is starting to realize what he got himself into.

It sounded great taking a pay cut to go to Miami to play with two superstars, but he obviously did not realize that he would see the ball a lot less than he was used to.

In L.A., he would still get to play with a great player in Blake Griffin, but he would get more touches and would not be expected to go down low, where he is not as comfortable playing offense. In the Los Angeles market, he would also have more opportunities for endorsements without being overshadowed by LeBron and Wade.


Both the Heat and Chris Bosh are beginning to see that this "Big Three" idea in Miami is not working out as well as they would have hoped.

This trade would be great for both teams and would make Bosh a lot happier.

The Clips would get a star to help them win now and hold on to Blake Griffin, while the Heat would add a crucial piece at center and a little bit of depth.