Miami Heat Front Runners in Race to Get Chris Bosh

A Miami Heat team with Dwayne Wade and a salary cap space they have might just be enough to convince Toronto Raptors star Chris Bosh to consider moving to Florida. In an interview with the Miami Herald, Bosh said the Heat are in “top contention” to land him.

However, Bosh said he is still looking at other options, and would be giving other teams the chance to pitch him what they can offer. He also does not discount the possibility of being part of a sign-and-trade deal, where he could actually get a bigger deal compared to signing directly with a team.

That’s where the Houston Rockets come in. The Rockets have indicated that they are interested in acquiring the services of Bosh, with the team reportedly willing to also go after Joe Johnson as a lure for the Raptors main man.

The Rockets will need a sign-and-trade deal if they are to land either Bosh or Atlanta Hawks guard Johnson, with Kevin Martin the most potent bait for such a deal to take place. The Rockets do not have the luxury of a salary cap space that other teams like the Chicago Bulls and the New York Knicks possess, making them dependent on sign-and-trade transactions.

Teams can start talking to free agents at 11pm on Wednesday, and sign deals beginning on July 8. Aside from James, Wade, Bosh, and Johnson, Amare Stoudemire of the Phoenix Suns and Carlos Boozer of the Utah Jazz are the other high-profile players who could be available on the free agent market.