Chris Bosh: Why the Heat Need to Trade Their All-Star Big Man

Nikhil BaradwajSenior Analyst IDecember 14, 2011

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 12:  Chris Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat answers questions from the media at a post game press conference after the Dallas Mavericks won 105-95 in Game Six of the 2011 NBA Finals at American Airlines Arena on June 12, 2011 in Miami, Florida. 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 Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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The 2012 free-agent class is looking really deep. With the Orlando Magic taking Dwight Howard off the market, the league driving the price up for Chris Paul and Deron Williams possibly not getting a second All-Star to play with, all three players could be in play.

For the Miami Heat, this could spell the end of their planned dominance on the NBA for the next four to five years.

If Howard pairs up with Dirk Nowitzki, the Mavericks seemingly have a frontcourt that will destroy the Heat's meager one.

If Paul goes to the Clippers via free agency, the Clippers might have the best starting five in the year, along with owning an unprotected first-round pick from Minnesota.

With the Thunder and the Grizzlies also continuously improving, it is possible for both of these young and up-start teams to finally catch up with the "Big Three" of South Beach.

The Heat, while being so close to winning a championship in 2011, will find it more and more hard as the years go on.

The most realistic and best move for the team is to trade Chris Bosh, while getting a big package for the All-Star caliber power forward.

Look, Bosh is a top power forward in the NBA. He has a very refined offensive game and has a solid jump shot. Even with Dwyane Wade and LeBron James on his team, Bosh put up solid stats, averaging 18.7 points and 8.3 rebounds.

Imagine what he could do on a team with no superstars or even one superstar.

The Heat lack depth. Miami would greatly improve from downgrading at power forward, while improving their bench and second unit.

Enter the Houston Rockets. The Rockets lost out big time this offseason, missing out on Pau Gasol in a nixed blockbuster trade and his brother Marc, after the Grizzlies matched the Rockets' offer. 

Houston would possibly offer Luis Scola and a combination of Kyle Lowry, Courtney Lee, Jordan Hill, and possibly Patrick Patterson. 

Getting three out of those five players will revitalize the Heat, along with giving Miami two more fresh bodies on the bench.

The Phoenix Suns could also be a major player in a Bosh trade as they want to make a splash in the trade market to get back into the playoff picture.

Phoenix can offer Steve Nash and a secondary player like Jared Dudley, Hakim Warrick, Grant Hill or possibly Marcin Gortat.

By having a longer bench along with two superstar players is better than the Heat's current situation.

Sure, the fanfare around Pat Riley's incredible job of luring two All-Star players to join Wade was great. Trading a superstar is never easy, especially when the Heat probably should have won the NBA Finals this year.

But, the possibilities behind building a better team by trading the third member of the "Big Three" are limitless.

Make it happen, Pat.