A Chris Bosh trade to the Houston Rockets? The rumor from ESPN is that the Houston Rockets are going to press hard for Chris Bosh, and the most likely way for the Rockets to acquire Bosh would be through a sign-and-trade deal. Right now the Rockets are under contract for $58 million in salaries for the 2010-2011 NBA season, assuming that both of their free agents enact player options to come back. The two players that have those player options are Yao Ming at $17.7 million and Jared Jeffries at $6.9 million. Neither player looks like they could get more on the open market, so it just makes sense that they would call in their option to stay with the team.
The salary cap for the 2010-2011 NBA season will be $56.1 million, meaning that with the deals they already have, the Houston Rockets are already going to paying the luxury tax assessed when a team is over the cap. That tax is a dollar-for-dollar match of every dollar over the cap, so it gets pretty expensive if a team gets too far over the cap. The Rockets look to see their cap bump another $3 million if they decide to bring back Kyle Lowry with a qualifying offer next season as well. Looking at the team with how it stands, the only way to get Chris Bosh on the Houston Rockets will be through an offseason trade because they don’t have the money to sign him on their own.
It’s hard to figure out what the Houston Rockets think that they will put together to get a trade done with the Toronto Raptors. The Rockets do have the advantage of being way under the cap in the 2011-2012 season, with only $18.8 million on the books, but that is a long ways away in the world of basketball. So it now comes down to who they might trade to get Chris Bosh. First there is Kevin Martin, a player they got through a trade towards the end of last season, and who makes $11 million. Then there is Jared Jeffries who makes almost $7 million, and could be dumped with a more talented player like Jordan Hill.
If Bosh is going to leave Toronto no matter what, it will benefit Toronto to try and sign Bosh with the intent of trading him. Houston needs someone playing with Aaron Brooks to make that next step towards getting back into the NBA Playoffs, and Bosh really could be the perfect answer. While these are just rumors that Houston is interested in Bosh, it really makes a lot of sense when it all boils down. Should be expect a Chris Bosh trade to Houston? Yes, especially if LeBron James re-signs with Cleveland, and Dwyane Wade decides to stay in Miami.
Bosh Trade Rumor