Chris Bosh, an 11-time All-Star, 2-time Champion, and a yearly tier 1 player, has given consideration of a possible return to the league after this season. Last season, during the All-Star break, Bosh was taken out the game with an alleged calf strain. However, similar to the 2014-2015 season before, he had actually redeveloped blood clots. Although doctors caught the clot before it spread to the lungs, unlike the season before, the severity was enough to put his career on halt.
With rumors of “a return” heating up, there seem to be a few teams who could use a career 19 ppg scorer capable of playing the stretch 4 or 5.
5. Toronto Raptors
Before leaving the Raptors to form the “Big 3” in Miami, Chris Bosh was the heart and soul. When Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan came to town, their rebuilding process sped up enough to push the Cavs to 6 games last season in the Eastern Conference Finals. However, this season, with DeMar DeRozan hobbled for 7 games, the Raptors have stumbled to the 4 seed in the East.
Once an All-Star with this team and a major upgrade over rookie starting power forward Patrick Siakam, Bosh could add some much-needed perimeter shooting and veteran experience to challenge James and young guns John Wall and Isaiah Thomas out in the east.
Update: Now they have Serge Ibaka, but they could use him and Bosh in the starting lineup with De Marre Carroll, DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry.
4. Boston Celtics
With newly acquired Al Horford, the Celtics have vaulted into Tier 1 status in the East. Adding Bosh to the starting lineup wouldn’t make sense for this team which is already struggling defensively (def rating: 110.3, 19th in NBA).
However, replacing Jonas Jerebko (career-low 9.5 PER) with Chris Bosh and pairing him with Kelly Olynyk could create an even more dangerous 2nd unit along with rookie Jaylen Brown, energizer-bunny Marcus Smart, and Terry Rozier. With the addition of Bosh, the Celtics can go a legitimate 10-deep for the 2nd half of the season and one of the most complete 8 or 9 man rotations in the playoffs.
3. Houston Rockets
The Rockets started off the season at a blistering pace, beating the Warriors (132-127 at Oracle) and the Spurs (101-99 in San Antonio). They seemed to be on a mission to challenge the crash course of those 2 teams in the WCF. Over the last few weeks, though, the Rockets have been slumping compared to the other 2 elite teams. With a brutal stretch against the Clippers, Grizzlies, Spurs, Jazz, Bulls, and Cavs coming up in a couple weeks, they may see themselves fall to the middle of the pack in the West.
The team made a living out of outshooting and outscoring their opponents based on drive and kicks from James Harden. So why not solidify the big man rotation and add another shooter to this team. Can you imagine a Harden-Gordon-Ariza-Anderson-Bosh lineup down the stretch of a tight game?
2. Oklahoma City Thunder
It’s official: Westbrook needs help! In case anybody forgot, let me tell you about some of the guys on this team (Andre Roberson: Shooting 24% from 3 and 42% from the free throw line as a starter; Kyle Singler - 3.3 PER; Jerami Grant- 6 ppg but averaging over 20 mins a game).
Adding Bosh can rejuvenate the team to give Westbrook a reliable scorer and maybe luck into capturing the 4-6 seed to avoid a sweep or “gentleman’s sweep’ to the Warriors, Spurs, or Rockets.
1. Chicago Bulls
Reuniting Bosh with his old buddy D-Wade could maybe turn around this disastrous yet mediocre season for the Bulls. At 31.5% from 3-point range, Bulls rank dead last in the league in that category. It baffles me how they are even in the playoff picture right now considering how the NBA has turned into a shooter’s game. Jimmy Butler is single-handedly dragging and clawing this team into the playoffs, but, like Westbrook, needs more help around him.
Although a starter-calibre point guard would fit better on this roster, I think Bosh would be a better fit in the starting lineup over Taj Gibson or Robin Lopez simply to stretch the floor for slashers Michael Carter-Williams, D-Wade, and Jimmy Butler. It may not be the popular decision in Chicago, but moving Gibson’s or Lopez’s energy to the bench could provide some balance and stability the Bulls sorely lack right now.