Rumor Mill: Bobcats may potentially deal No. 4 draft pick for Chris Bosh

Miami Heat center Chris Bosh (1) during practice for game two of the 2013 NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs at American Airlines Arena. (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)

After three consecutive NBA Finals appearances, could Miami Heat center Chris Bosh (1) be on the trading block? (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)

By all accounts, and even his own, Chris Bosh has massively underwhelmed during the Miami Heat’s 2013 postseason run to a third-straight berth in the NBA Finals.

At nearly seven feet tall, Bosh was supposed to be the Heat’s force down low. He was supposed to be averaging double-digit rebounding totals and he was supposed to be a shot-blocking machine.

However, at this point he is serving as nothing more than a really tall decoy around the three-point line, and that may not be good enough for decision-maker Pat Riley once the season is up. But for a team like the Charlotte Bobcats, acquiring a big-time name like Bosh — who can still ball, despite what was stated above and what a Miami fan might tell you these days — would be huge as the franchise continues its rebuilding process.

Thus, the Boston Globe is reporting there may be enough mutual interest to eventually have one of the members of Miami’s Big 3 jettisoned from South Beach.

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.

The Bobcats own the rights to the fourth-overall pick in the upcoming 2013 Draft. This year’s crop of athletes, however, is seen as a more well-rounded group and not quite as top-heavy in terms of talent as in other years.

Basically, there is no one the Bobcats could pick that would make more of an impact, both in wins and at the ticket window, than Bosh. The Heat, on the other hand, might love to use that high selection to bring in a far younger, cheaper supporting piece for what has become the one-man LeBron James Show in American Airlines Arena.

Further, Charlotte has a lot of wiggle room in terms of salary cap space. Right now, very few star veterans would be willing to sign there and play alongside a very young core of 19-year old Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (second pick in the 2012 draft), 23-year old Kemba Walker, and the big man duo of Bismack Biyombo (20 years old) and Byron Mullens (24 years old).

Owner Michael Jordan may have to make a splash via trade. When push comes to shove, however, will Miami be comfortable parting ways with a perennial All-Star who is still only 29 years old?

Stay tuned. Nothing can be done, officially, until the Heat’s run in the Finals is over. Either Bosh and Co. will be back-to-back NBA Champions, or he may be sent packing.

[H/T: CBS Sports, via HoopsHype]

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