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NBA Rumors: Rudy Gay trade to replace Chris Bosh in Miami Heat roster, shooter around Hassan Whiteside

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The Miami Heat’s philosophy on winning has not changed although the pieces it needs to strengthen its game have been very much diluted with the loss of Dwyane Wade, and now the illness of Chris Bosh. Is Rudy Gay being eyed as Bosh’s replacement?

Chris Bosh remains adamant on pursuing his career in the NBA despite the non-clearance by the team due to his career-threatening issue with blood clots.

He insists his career is not yet over, but signing Chris Bosh would be a huge risk for any team. The legal repercussions that could arise from his medical issues could be too risky for any team to willingly absorb.

His career is practically over, whether he likes it or not. The Miami Heat roster will surely miss his talents, but life moves on.

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In fact, the Miami Heat roster may have been conditioning itself to it for some time now, as manifested by its rebuilding process.

As NBA rumors have it, the team’s game plan is to surround Hassan Whiteside with shooters.

Hassan Whiteside is young and talented, and he’s been making his presence in the NBA felt over the past two years as part of the Miami Heat roster.

The idea is to surround him with snipers, while he does what he does best close to the ring. He finished last season as the league’s leading shot blocker, and Hassan Whiteside earned his third career triple double.

NBA rumors have placed a Rudy Gay trade as a strong candidate to land in the Miami Heat roster once he hits the free agency.

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It’s no secret that Rudy Gay has made his intentions clear on leaving the Kings when his contract allows him to, as reported by Yahoo! Sports.

He averaged 17.1 points and 6.5 rebounds in the Kings’ dismal 2015-16 season, and a Rudy Gay trade is something the Heat is certainly looking into.

Coach Erik Spoelstra feels comfortable with playing Josh Richardson or Wayne Ellington, but adding Rudy Gay who has a 34.4 percent shooting from behind the arc would be considered a welcome addition to the Miami Heat roster.

This is something that appeals to Rudy Gay too, although his entry may not be facilitated through a trade, as Miami does not have the leverage to do it now.

Bleacher Report stated Barry Jackson wrote, “According to an associate, the Heat is among teams that very much appeal to Sacramento forward Rudy Gay, who has been available in trades.”

“But Miami likely lacks the tradable assets to acquire him if it wanted to and his $14.2 million player option for 2017-18 is worrisome. Players signed this month in free agency cannot be traded until Dec. 15.”

If a Rudy Gay trade is not possible, the best way into the Miami Heat roster is when he hits the free agency next summer. Will he be a viable Chris Bosh replacement? Will his range land him a spot in the Miami Heat roster along with Hassan Whiteside, as NBA rumors go?

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