With the Lakers having a down season, fans are starting to look toward the off-season where the Lakers are expected to be big spenders. After years of being cash strapped and paying the luxury tax, the Lakers finally have the financial freedom to chase after big-name free agents.
The Lakers have been rumored to the likes of LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, should they decide to opt out of their current contract. Other players the team has been linked to include Kyle Lowry and Lance Stephenson. However, another Heat star has the capability to become a free agent this off-season and one source believes the Lakers are interested.
According to Fox Sports Ohio reporter Sam Amico, the Lakers are secretly interested in Chris Bosh should he decide to leave Miami:
“It seems most GMs feel Bosh (and not Anthony) is the second biggest potential prize on the upcoming market. But if James goes back to the Heat, Bosh will, too. If not, the Lakers are secretly interested, sources said.”
Bosh has taken a backseat role to both LeBron and Dwyane Wade, but has come through time and time again for the Miami Heat. Bosh is still an eight-time NBA All-Star and has a career average of 19 points and eight rebounds. While his numbers are down from his 20 and 10 days in Toronto, Bosh has played a key role in each of Miami’s two NBA championships. Many people believe that if Bosh had been unable to return from his oblique injury in the 2012 playoffs, the Celtics would have advanced to the Finals instead of the Heat.
While the Lakers will take a look at their options, Bosh would be a solid pickup for the right price. Bosh, who will be turning 30 this upcoming March, might demand a max contract especially if the Heat win their third consecutive championship. With Kevin Love (2015) and Kevin Durant (2016) in the back the Lakers management’s mind, it will be interesting to see if the team will put out the money for a player like Bosh.
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