A Kevin Love for Chris Bosh trade seems very unlikely, but that hasn’t stop the rumor mill from churning. NBA analysts have weighed in on why they think the blockbuster swap may or may not happen.
It should be noted that both players have nearly identical contracts. Their respective ball clubs also have reasons for wanting to trade each player.
Kevin Love has been the subject of numerous trade rumors ever since his first year with the Cavaliers. He reportedly doesn’t fit well in a LeBron James-led offense.
As for Bosh, he is an aging holdover from the Miami Heat’s “Big Three” era. The team has already parted ways “Heat-lifer” Dwyane Wade. Bosh could be the next man out.
Michael Saenz of Sir Charles In Charge pointed out that Bosh is a better fit in Cleveland than Love. He knows how to be the third option in a championship-caliber squad. He is also a better defender and post scorer than Love.
Bosh fueled the trade rumors when he was recently spotted hanging out with Maverick Carter. The business mogul is LeBron’s manager and childhood friend. It didn’t take long for basketball pundits to put one and one together.
In South Beach, Love would be the centerpiece of the Heat’s offense. He would be playing alongside Hassan Whiteside and Goran Dragic. Both are significant upgrades over Ricky Rubio and Nikola Pekovic, Love’s former Minnesota Timberwolves teammates.
A trade involving Love and Bosh heavily depends on the latter’s health. Bosh is still questionable for next season due to recurring blood clot episodes. This is the biggest stumbling block in the potential trade.
According to Miami Herald, Bosh can continue his NBA career by taking blood thinners during games. The method has proven to be successful in extending Tomas Fleischmann’s ice hockey career.
Of course, Bosh needs the approval of team doctors to play next season. Brian Windhorst of ESPN stated that the Heat have remained silent about the issue. As of the moment, the two-time NBA champion has yet to be cleared for training camp which starts later this month.