2014 NBA Free Agency: Chris Bosh and the Top Power Forwards
Chris Bosh isn’t sure what he’ll do yet. Perhaps he’s waiting on LeBron James to help make his decision for him. However, according to reports, he surely does have a dilemma on his hands, as he can stay in Miami and compete for a championship, or sign a max deal and try to do the same with the Houston Rockets.
So are the problems in the NBA’s top free agent power forward’s life. Bosh isn’t the only big name free agent out there, though. He’s not even the only big name power forward.
To see where Bosh and some of the other big men might play next season, let’s break down the top-five power forwards in this 2014 NBA free agency period:
1. Chris Bosh (Miami Heat) Unrestricted Free Agent
At this point it’s the money or winning. However, if Bosh chooses the max deal offered by Houston, he might find a way to get both. Some reports suggest he’s sick of playing third fiddle in Miami, while others say he likes playing with LeBron too much to leave. Signing on with the Rockets would get Bosh paid and would also form a fairly formidable lineup with James Harden, Chandler Parsons and Dwight Howard. That might be too good for Bosh to pass up.
2. Pau Gasol (Los Angeles Lakers) Unrestricted Free Agent
Gasol has been largely tied to contenders, with the Oklahoma City Thunder apparently trying to “woo” him by sending Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook to L.A. to talk to him. They’re the slight favorites at the moment for the versatile big man, but he has too many suitors to nail down just one. The Bulls, Lakers and Heat are all very much in the running, while even the Knicks have a shot thanks to Phil Jackson calling the shots.
Pau will undoubtedly let the Melo and LeBron drama play out before he signs on the dotted line, but we can safely bet he’ll be in one of the aforementioned cities in 2014.
3. Andray Blatche (Brooklyn Nets) Unrestricted Free Agent
Blatche is a versatile big man with some nice range on his jumper, but was left to mostly waste away in limited minutes with the Nets last year. His role could still gradually grow if he returned (especially with Jason Kidd now in Milwaukee), but he might chase more money and a bigger role elsewhere. Exactly where remains up in the air, but he’s a highly skilled big man that brings a good amount of value.
4. Kris Humphries (Boston Celtics) Unrestricted Free Agent
Humphries has a solid jumper and cleans the glass up pretty well, so he won’t be out of work for long. He also has the versatility to bang down low at both the four and five, so he’ll bring a lot of value to whatever team brings him on next. Boston has some nice talent down low with some young guys, so chances are Hump is on his way out. If he wants to latch on with a contender, he could take a paycut and try signing with teams like the Rockets, Heat or Lakers.
5. Jordan Hill (Los Angeles Lakers) Unrestricted Free Agent
Hill is mostly looked at as a high energy guy, but it’s actually pretty tough to truly gauge him thanks to the way the Lakers have mismanaged him. Blessed with great size and a decent offensive game, he still has some upside to be tapped into. Still, he’s largely undervalued and will likely latch on somewhere purely as a reserve. With that said, he hits the glass well and would offer tremendous depth for anyone in need of help down low.
Provided he’s willing to take a bit of a discount to go somewhere he can win, the Clippers and Heat look to be two teams that could come calling.
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