On Monday, rumors spread like wildfire regarding Chris Bosh after multiple media outlets indicated that the Miami Heat had reason to believe his strained calf was the result of another blood clot. Yikes!
Fortunately, his life doesn't appear to be in immediate danger as it was a year ago when blood clots had reportedly reached his lungs. Additional tests will be run this Thursday, but at this time, he has not been ruled out for the rest of the season. However, if blood thinners are utilized in his treatment program once again, there is a good chance he stands to miss another prolonged amount of time.
Professional athletes on blood thinners typically are discouraged from physical contact. That was the case last year, when Bosh took blood thinners for seven months after being diagnosed with blood clots in his lungs.
The Heat have a record of 29-24 and sit in fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings, but only four games currently separate the third seed from eighth. A loss of Bosh for any significant stretch would likely derail Miami's postseason odds quickly as he leads the team in points (19.1) and minutes played (33.5). Hence, Pat Riley is probably going to be forced to make a move.
Ryan Anderson has been linked to Miami several times this season and the latest rumor occurred just a few days ago. According to the Miami Herald, their organization has been interested in making a deal for some time now and Anderson is a legitimate target.
If Miami can’t land a star and moves on from Whiteside, one potentially appealing scenario (my opinion here) would be moving Bosh back to center and using the $37 million on Wade and two shooters, perhaps stretch-four Ryan Anderson (averaging 16.7 points and shooting 38.3 percent on threes for New Orleans) and a wing such as Bazemore, though Miami also would need to add another backup big in this scenario, too. Word is Miami likes Anderson, incidentally.
Chances are the Heat have reconsidered their stance on Hassan Whiteside as they'll need him to play big minutes in place of Bosh at center. He'll be able to supply the necessary defense and rebounding but not the difference in the scoring column.
It's no secret that Bosh's floor spacing ability has been vital to the Heat's offense to keep the lane open as much as possible for Goran Dragic and Dwyane Wade. Without a suitable replacement on the roster, Miami has to look outside of South Beach.
Enter the Flamethrower and his lethal three-point shooting prowess.
Pat Riley loves postseason runs and has been known to take gambles. He relies on his legacy, but usually it's been money. Remember how he recruited LeBron James to form the Big Three? The fact that Anderson is in the last year of his deal or that Marc Spears reported yesterday Ryan will test the market in free agency isn't likely to dissuade the president of the Heat. The question is, what will he give up in return?
Undoubtedly, Miami's best asset is Justise Winslow, but would Riley give him up for a package revolving around Anderson? What if the Pelicans volunteer to eat Josh McRoberts' contract? It's not a sure thing Winslow develops into a two-way star in this league, and during parts of this season, the Heat have either been dismayed by his willingness to shoot the ball or at his conversion rates.
The combination of Anderson and Luke Babbitt immediately alleviate their perimeter shooting woes. However, if that's not enough defense, the Pelicans could substitute Dante Cunningham (Riley has a penchant for older veterans to fill specific roles) for Babbitt and utilize a Miami trade exception to make the deal work.
The Pelicans and the Heat currently make for logical trade partners. Can a deal be worked out to satisfy both sides?