Why Chris Bosh Going to Golden State Would Be Just Crazy Enough to Work

Taylor SmithAnalyst IFebruary 17, 2009

Other than this speculative article from Chad Ford of ESPN.com, there really aren't any legs to legitimate trade discussions having taken place between the Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors.

Perhaps there should be, though. 

The fantasy trade, as proposed by Ford, has the Warriors sending 22-year old center Andris Biedrins, rookie forward Anthony Randolph, energy man Ronny Turiaf, sharpshooter Marco Belinelli, and a future first-round pick to Toronto in exchange for All-Star and Olympic Gold Medalist Chris Bosh

When I first saw the idea, I thought it would be crazy for the Warriors to be giving up so much young talent for just one player. 

When I started to think about it in more depth, though, it started to seem like a great idea for both sides. 

Sure, the Warriors would be giving up three highly-touted big men, but with the massive amounts of talent the team already has, they would still be left with plenty to surround Bosh with. It would potentially take them immediately from pseudo-rebuilding mode back to contention mode. 

The Warriors would still have plenty of firepower on the outside, with captain Stephen Jackson, Monta Ellis, Corey Maggette, and Kelenna Azubuike among others. 

Obviously the Warriors would be very short in the frontcourt, with Bosh and Brandan Wright as the only seemingly capable options.

It would be likely that they would get killed on the boards even more than they do now, so they would have to look into adding another player to fill the voids left open in the frontcourt. 

A core of Bosh, Ellis, Jackson, and Maggette is something that could make the Warriors very dangerous again in the very near future. 

All this would be contingent upon Bosh re-signing with the Warriors, however, as there wouldn't be much reason for Golden State to essentially mortgage its entire future frontcourt to rent a player for a year and a half until his contract is up after the 2009-10 season.

For the Raptors, this deal would be a clear move towards a complete reconstruction of the roster. While they've been adamant about their lack of interest in dealing Bosh, one would think they would have to look very hard at an offer like this. 

Toronto is on the outside of the Eastern Conference playoffs looking in as of now, and it's unlikely that adding Shawn Marion for the rest of this season is going to be enough to vault them into the postseason. 

There is no guarantee that the Raptors will be able to re-sign Bosh after next season, so it wouldn't be a bad idea for GM Bryan Colangelo to explore possible trade options for his young, prized forward to see what kind of value they could get, instead of potentially losing him for nothing.

This particular trade would load their frontcourt for the future. Biedrins is 22 and Randolph is just 19 years old. 

Randolph is 6'10" and an elite athlete with well above-average shooting touch for his size. His lack of muscle is somewhat of a concern, but many suspect that his future is very bright. 

Turiaf is the oldest player Toronto would be taking in this trade, and he's just 26. 

Despite playing just under 20 minutes a game this year, Turiaf is still second in the league in blocked shots per game (2.2). His total production per 48 minutes is potentially phenomenal.

While it's likely that it's just a pipedream, I feel like the benefits of this trade for both sides involved are potentially great. 


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