Chad Ford of ESPN.com reports that Chris Bosh, whom some have seen a possible target for the Hawks, has told the Toronto, his current team, he’ll consider signing with four other NBA clubs besides the Raptors. And the Hawks didn’t make the cut.
According to Ford, Bosh’s wish list includes the Bulls, the Lakers, the Heat and the Knicks. (By identifying his choices, Bosh is trying to give the Raptors a head start should a sign-and-trade be warranted.)
To me, the Bosh-to-the-Hawks thinking never made a lick of sense. Yeah, he played at Georgia Tech, but not for very long. He was here from 2002-2003 and somehow didn’t qualify for the NCAA tournament because — stop me if you’ve heard this — Paul Hewitt couldn’t figure out how to get him the ball.
As for the the Hawks: They keep getting ripped because they start what some consider a power forward at center. (I disagree. I regard Al Horford as a center, and a fine one. And I’d say his All-Star selection bolsters my case.) But landing Bosh would give the Hawks yet another power forward and would do one of two things:
1. It would force Josh Smith, who should have been an All-Star, to move to small forward, which is not where you want him. (Give Smith license to shoot more jump shots by stationing him on the perimeter? Smooth move.) Or …
2. It would force the Hawks to trade either Smith or Horford, and they’re both younger and cheaper than Bosh will be after this summer. If you trade Smith, you’ve lost your best open-court player, and the belief is that the Hawks’ next coach will stress an uptempo game; if you trade Horford, you’ve lost your team leader and your defensive anchor.
See, constructing a real roster is different from Rotisserie basketball. Numbers aren’t the only consideration. The team needs to mesh in real life. The frontcourt pairing of Wilt Chamberlain and Nate Thurmond should have dominated the ’60s, but it never quite worked and Wilt wound up getting traded from San Francisco to Philadelphia.
But now the Bosh scenario would seem moot, and I’m glad to hear it. Whatever ails the Hawks, he isn’t the cure.