Lakers, Chris Bosh Have Mutual Interest

May 7 2014 at 4:23pm CDT By Chuck Myron

The Lakers and Chris Bosh have interest in each other as Bosh nears potential free agency this summer, reports Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio. The Mavs are apparently unwilling to shell out a premium for the Heat big man, as we noted earlier today, and while Amico suggests money may be a stumbling block for the purple-and-gold, it appears the two sides can see a path to a deal. Amico first wrote of L.A’s interest in February.

Bosh has hinted that he and LeBron James are most likely to stick in Miami for at least one more year. Both have early termination options on their contracts worth $20.59MM, and both would be in line for a starting salary worth close to that amount if they were to hit the market. They’re not necessarily a package deal, Amico writes, noting that while Bosh and James have a fully functioning professional relationship, they aren’t close friends.

The Lakers only have about $34.1MM in commitments for next season, so finding the cap room necessary to fit a max deal for Bosh wouldn’t be a problem as long as the Lakers want to shell out that much for the 30-year-old, who’ll probably command a four-year contract. The acquisition of the Henry Thomas client would accelerate the Lakers’ rebuilding project and likely please Kobe Bryant, who’s ever-anxious to win, but it would make it more difficult for the club to pursue Kevin Love, LaMarcus Aldridge, Rajon Rondo or other marquee talents set to hit free agency in 2015.

Bosh may also elect to put himself in that 2015 class of free agents if he opts in, and perhaps the Lakers consider a pursuit of the former No. 4 overall pick more likely then. Regardless of when he hits the market, he’ll draw plenty of eyes around the league. Bosh is No. 3 in the latest Hoops Rumors Free Agent Power Rankings, and our Charlie Adams examined his free agent stock in March.

27 thoughts on “Lakers, Chris Bosh Have Mutual Interest

  1. Bosh would be an excellent addition to the Lakers he is big versatile and a proven champion put him and Gasol i the front court together and offensively they would be LETHAL. – make it happen Mitch/Jim

      1. Right! No team should add wade or LeBron or bosh to their team. They should stay in imam and lose the rest of their career. A team would be stupid to get them after they took less money to go to Miami and win championships then move to get more money when they are old and not win. That would be the ultimate insult and sucker move

        1. You’re so illiterate and retarded. Do you have any idea about what you’re talking about? You’re just like all of these miserable heat haters that cant stand your team because you cant do what miami does…And that’s just winning and bringing home rings BITCH

  2. No it wouldnt ! Bosh is as big a peice to that team a wase and lebron h plays center he is the ONE guy who stretches the defense, makes other teams adjust to them, they wouldnt have beaten indiana 2 yrs ago had bosh remained injured ! He is the MOST Important player on that heat roster

    1. He also was our best defender this year, and has guarded the 2-5 positions well all year. Even last night, he switched on Deron Williams and guarded him on the perimeter. He has protected the rim well too. There is so much I can say about how good Chris Bosh is. I’ve said those things numerous times already. The fact that there is an idiot like that guy that needs an explanation…its not even worth my time

  3. Please delete LaMarcus Aldridge’s name from this article. He’s not going anywhere. And even if he does leave Portland, no way in hell he ends up in LA. If anywhere, I’d say Dallas, because that’s his hometown.

  4. Why would Bosh wait until 2015 to hit free agency? He will be 31 then, and there will be younger players available. It makes sense for Bosh to opt out this summer and see what type of long term deal he can get from the Heat or another suitor.

    1. I think you are right. Next year a 4 year contract gets him to 35. 34 seems to start a decline and a dramatic decline occurs at 35.

  5. No, no, no! Trading Pau for another kind of Pau is the way I see it. If the Lakers get tied up in another big salary for an aging but still functional player is not what I see as a solution.
    A point gaurd that plays D would be a true asset, but there are no instant cures out there (that I see).

  6. ta hell with bosh…if you going to get a big man..get a REAL big man..not an oversized small forward…tired of all these soft finesse type centers like bosh and gasol…where the old school good centers at? He’s not even a traditional power forward…if you going to get bosh you may well keep gasol..they the same type players…this would be idiotic

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