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Bobcats reportedly interested in swapping fourth pick for Chris Bosh

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It's not quite the offseason yet, but teams are already trying to make moves and plan their summers.

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According to a report from the Boston Globe, the Bobcats are interested in using the fourth pick in the 2013 NBA Draft to acquire Miami Heat star Chris Bosh.

There are rumors the Heat will be looking to deal Chris Bosh, and the Bobcats, who are under the salary cap and could accept Bosh’s near-maximum deal, could be a prime candidate. As much as Charlotte would love to build through the draft, team officials understand they have to start winning and need a player to be the face of the franchise.

I'm not sure how much substance there is to this rumor because it's rare that a local reporter breaks news like this about a team they have no connection to. Still, Bosh is a very valuable piece and would fill a large hole in the Bobcats' roster.

And this does sound like a move Rich Cho would make.

During his years in Toronto as a first option, Bosh averaged roughly 22 points per game on just about 50 percent shooting and 10 rebounds per game. There's no question that Bosh is much better than he's shown in Miami, where he has taken on a role as a complementary player to LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. The downside is Bosh's contract. He's owed over $60 million over the next three years.

On the flip side, Charlotte has a lot of options with the fourth pick. It's widely believed that there are no franchise players in this year's Draft and the Bobcats have a lot of holes that need to be filled. Prospects like Ben McLemore, Alex Len, Victor Oladipo and Anthony Bennett have been linked to the Bobcats in recent weeks and are expected to be available at four.

What do you guys think of this rumor?