I wasn’t going to post today, but according to ESPN, Chris Bosh’s agent has given the Raptors a list of 5 teams that Bosh is willing to go. Toronto, Lakers, New York, Chicago and Miami, in no particular order.
Let’s assume this is true (otherwise we have nothing to talk about here), it seems to me that Bosh hasn’t shut out Toronto yet despite many rumors. It’s easy to understand why, Bosh has always like the city, Toronto can pay the most money and he will be the #1 guy here, where he probably won’t be elsewhere. Maybe he is waiting for Colangelo to do something to convince him to stay. At least, that’s how I read it.
If Bosh does leave, what does it mean in terms of a sign and trade?
Looking at the list of teams given, here is what I think the Raptors will try to get in a sign and trade:
LA: Bynum or Gasol. I am not sure if the Lakers have enough interest to get Bosh. If they do have interest, it wouldn’t make any sense for them to keep both Bynum and Gasol. The Raptors would love to get a guy like Bynum, a young legit center who can play both ends of the floor. His health is a concern, but the Raptor as a team is much better balanced with Bynum as a center. The main question is do the Lakers want to pursue in giving Bosh a maximum contract and giving up one of their star players.
Chicago: Deng + Noah. At least that’s what the Raptors will look for. I don’t think the Bulls would give up Noah though.
New York: David Lee + something. Maybe Gallanari could be involved. I like Lee a lot as a player, but he is awful on defense, which is something the Raptors had problems with last season (worst team on defense). If he replaces Bosh, it could mean the Raptor defense could be even worse (I can’t even imagine this).
Miami: Beasely + Haslem + Chambers??? The Heat doesn’t have a lot of assets that can be used as a sign and trade possibility. Bosh can still go there if he tells the Raptors that he is signing with them regardless. But as a sign and trade scenario, the Heat isn’t in contention because of the assets involved. Beasely is an interesting case; I watched him in Kansas State, he was aggressive scorer and a rebounding machine. He is almost the exact opposite playing in the pros. I am not sure what happened to him, he has loads of talent, but also lots of issues as well. I am pretty sure he has played his last game as a Miami Heat. Hopefully he can find a team that can use his talent properly.
It’s interesting to see that none of the teams in Texas are in contention. Bosh did mention that he didn’t really want to play close to home, so at least that’s consistent.
The Raptors now have plenty of time to either impress CB4 or do a sign and trade to improve their team.
PS: The agent is denying the story. Well, it’s interesting none the less.
PPS: Colangelo confirms it.
“It has been narrowed down to a handful of teams, including us,” Colangelo said, not going into any more details.