The Houston Rockets Waiting Game: Chris Bosh
May 14, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat center Chris Bosh (1) makes a three point shot over Brooklyn Nets center Kevin Garnett (2) in the second half in game five of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports
The NBA is in a state of suspended animation. Two of the game’s top players are in the midst of deciding their respective futures, as the NBA GMs hold their collective breath, especially the teams vying for their services.
The Houston Rockets, meanwhile, are heavily considering signing Chris Bosh, who starred with the Miami Heat for the last four seasons.
On the surface, there are a lot of questions revolving around Bosh’s worth. He was truly a third fiddle playing out-of-position for the Miami Heat.
Bosh is truly a stretch-4, but for the Heat he was often called in to play center. On the Rockets, that would seldom happen with Dwight Howard lining up alongside him. Due to Bosh’s thin frame, this would benefit him immensely, saving him the energy of having to battle larger opposing bigs down on the block.
The Rockets extended an offer of four years, $96 million to the Georgia Tech product.
Sources: Rockets offer Bosh max deal of 4 yrs, $96 million. After weekend convo with LeBron and low offer from Heat, Bosh considering offer
— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 7, 2014
Bosh is on the tail end of his prime at 30 years of age, and it seems like an eternity since he averaged 24 points per game with the Toronto Raptors.
To be sure, it’s unlikely Bosh ever assumes that large of a role in his career. But he wouldn’t have to. With the Rockets, he would be counted on to spread the floor with his mid-range game. Bosh isn’t a lights out three-point shooter, but he hit 33.9 percent last season, which is certainly decent for a power forward. Beyond that, Bosh hit 56.9 percent from two-point range.
Bosh has made the last nine All-Star games, and along with Dwight Howard and James Harden, the Rockets would likely have three All-Stars on the roster. However, depth was a problem last season, so it remains to be seen what Rockets GM Daryl Morey would do to address that issue after spending such a large chunk of the Rockets cap room to obtain Bosh. Further, Jeremy Lin’s $15 million backloaded contract would have to be unloaded to make it work.