There was talk the Golden State Warriors were interested in Bosh. They were willing to package Andris Biedrins and Anthony Randolph for Bosh. That was quickly shutdown and did not happen during the season.
The Pistons could also be in the mix sending over Tayshaun Prince, Amir Johnson, and a future draft pick for Bosh.
The most intriguing one has been with the Miami Heat.
The Miami Heat would trade Michael Beasley, James Jones(or Jamario Moon/ Chris Quinn), and Mark Blount for Bosh, and a first round draft pick in the upcoming 2009-2010 draft.
The Raptors would have a starting five looking like this; Andrea Bargnani, Shawn Marion/Michael Beasley, Shawn Marion/Michael Beasley/Joey Graham, Anthony Parker, and Jose Calderon.
This would give the Miami Heat a starting five of O'Neal, Bosh, Dorell Wright, Wade and Mario Chalmers.
I personally do not like the starting five for either of the teams.
The Raptors have an inconsistent figure in the No. 1 overall pick in 2007, Andrea Bargnani. He is listed at 7' 0" and only averaged 5.3 RPG playing 31 MPG. As a starter (59 games) he has averaged a solid 17.7 PPG, but a disgusting 5.9 RPG playing 36 MPG.
Coming off the bench, Bargnani is averaging 8.3 PPG and 3.4 RPG playing 21.8 MPG. His career average for rebounds is 4.3. A guy who is 7' 0" should be grabbing at least seven to eight rebounds. Although, it is pretty hard to grab rebounds when Bosh averages 10 RPG and O'Neal averaged 7 RPG during his tenure in Toronto.
Marion at 6' 7" playing the small forward position would not be real successful without a run and gun point guard like Steve Nash running the show. Calderon is more of a Chauncey Billups and Marion game is more fashioned to the run and gun style.
Anthony Parker: Let;s face it, this guy is not a starter on any team at all. He would not even make the starting line up for the Clippers, Kings, or Thunder. I don't know what Jay Triano, Sam Mitchel or Bryan Colangelo are thinking.
That line up will still fail to make the playoffs so then we bring in another team. Let's just finish off the Heat lineup analysis though.
Having O'Neal playing alongside Bosh will not work at all. Bosh cancels out O'Neal's effectiveness and becomes the third or fourth option. O'Neal plays the power forward position, not the center. O'Neal will have to go.
To where though?
O'Neal might be the piece that can help LeBron on his quest for a title, maybe even his second. If he can stay healthy, and play 30-plus minutes, he will be a double-double threat.
The Heat are going to need a defensive center. Something that the Cavs have.
Ben Wallace will make a great addition to the Heat team and can transform them into a contender.
This can only happen if Riley wants to make the move. He believes that it could be risky as they have a chance of landing Bosh in free agency when his contract expires in 2010, but that's if he does not sign an extension.
I see a three team trade here.
either James Jones or Chris Quinn
This would give the Raptors a player that can play the SG position in Sasha Pavlovic. Beasley can either the play four or the three spot and if Marion desicdes to leave, play him at the four. They could move Pavlovic to the SF and get a SG from the draft like Tyreke Evens, James Harden or DeMar DeRozan.
Another thing that can happen is that they trade Marion, Kris Humphries and their draft pick and cash considerations to who ever gets the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th pick in the draft and draft Hasheem Thabeet. This would give a formidible line up of Thabeet, Andrea, Beasley,Pavlovic and Calderon.
The Cavs will have another player that can put up 20 and 8 if he is healthy. LeBron is a good enough player (thats an understatement) to get O'Neal good easy looks. Moon is a solid defender and can knock down spot up shots, something that LeBron will find for him. He would play the PF along side Z and Lebron to make the front court.
The Heat would be once again transformed into a 50 plus win team. Ben Wallace, Chris Bosh, Dorell Wright, Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers.
Wallace can be that defensive presence, Bosh will be a 20 and 10 guy and Dwyane Wade will do his mojo. Sign some free agents, get a good bench and a championship team we have.