Miami Heat Should Trade Chris Bosh, Build Around Hassan Whiteside
The likelihood of Miami Heat big man Chris Bosh leaving the team is getting bigger as possible trade talks have arised.
One of the main issues for the 32-year-old superstar last season was his medical condition after he was found to have blood clots on his leg. But according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, there is also a big chance for Bosh to be medically cleared and finally be able to play next season.
As Jackson noted, Bosh was forced to be on blood thinners due to his condition, but team management decided not to let him play, despite the treatment. However, they are seemingly having a change of heart, as they are now more open to the idea. However, the said developments are not a guarantee that Bosh would indeed be back in action.
"Whether Bosh would be able to play in every game, such as the second set of back-to-backs, remains to be seen. But barring a setback in the next few weeks, it would be surprising if Bosh isn't cleared to play," an excerpt from Jackson's report reads.
The possible departure of Bosh does open some other doors for the Heat's presence in the paint. As suggested by Cory Sanning of Fansided's All U Can Heat, Miami could very well utilize their other big man, Hassan Whiteside.
As pointed out by Sanning's report, Whiteside is deemed as one of the players that is most relied on by management, given the $98-million contract that was given to him in the offseason. He has also contributed significant numbers, averaging 14.2 points, and 11.8 rebounds.
Simply put, a player of Whiteside's caliber would need to step and fill in the gap in the post that would be created with the possible departure of Bosh.
"With a completely revamped roster, it's going to be tough for the Heat to compete in the East without a big step up from Whiteside, especially if Chris Bosh is still unable to go with ongoing blood clot issues," Sanning wrote.
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