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Putting the ki-Bosh on this rumor

By Rick Bonnell
Rick Bonnell
Rick Bonnell covers the Charlotte Bobcats and the NBA for the Charlotte Observer. You can reach him by email.

I think the Charlotte Bobcats trading for Miami Heat big man Chris Bosh would turn out like when the Carolina Panthers acquired defensive lineman Sean Gilbert.

Gilbert played OK as a Panther. But the trouble the Panthers went to in acquiring him – sending two first-round picks to the Washington Redskins, plus signing Gilbert to a reported seven-year, $46 million contract – suggested he should have been way more than just OK.

Boston Globe NBA columnist Gary Washburn speculated in his Sunday notes column that since the Bobcats have abundant salary-cap room and the need to make a big splash, then maybe trading for Bosh would make sense.

I don’t see it that way. Bosh is a complementary big man who generates most of his offense as a jump-shooter. The Bobcats need a low-post scorer, someone who can force the opposition to double-team. That doesn’t sound like the Bosh I’ve watched during the playoffs.

Bosh has a very expensive contract. He’s owed three more seasons at a total cost of about $62 million. But he also could opt out of that deal before the 2014-15 season and the 2015-16 season.

So let’s say he comes to Charlotte and has a great season in 2013-14. He then could choose to become an unrestricted free agent and leave the Bobcats without compensation.

Worse yet, what if he underperformed, relative to his contract, in 2013-14? Which very well could happen when defenses focus primarily on him. Then the Bobcats are stuck paying him more than $40 million over the following two seasons.

I just can’t see the merits of that risk, particularly if it involved sending the fourth pick to the Heat. The Bobcats have suffered through two awful seasons. They now have a high draft pick and considerable salary-cap flexibility. Bosh doesn’t strike me as worth giving up all of those resources.

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