First, let's look at the numbers:
Last season he was injured quite a bit but he still managed to average 22.5 points per game and 10 rebounds per game in 77 appearances. In the previous three seasons he played about 69 games average while averaging close to the same amount of points and rebounds.
This kind of production is outstanding, All-Star and All-NBA outstanding. We may get the rebounds from Chandler and the points from West, but in Bosh we can get both.
Next and most importantly, how in the world does a team over the cap possibly land one of the best Forward-Centers in the league?
I'm going to throw out a few scenarios that I think plausible and why they are plausible.
Scenario 1: Chandler, 1st Round Pick this year and next year for Chris Bosh
Right now I'm working under the assumption that Bosh does not want to be a Raptor any longer than he has to so that in 2010 Toronto will have had nothing for losing their franchise player.
Enter this trade, they get an athletic, albeit banged up, center that is a good defender in the paint. A tandem of Chandler and Andrea Bargani could be quite effective especially on pick-and-rolls with a point guard like Calderon who can shoot and pass particularly well.
The two draft picks help to develop the roster in the wake of the departure of Bosh and Shawn Marion.
For the Hornets this would be a slam dunk, having Bosh and West in the frontcourt and Chris Paul in the backcourt would make any team quiver. All three players are capable of hitting mid-range jumpers. Furthermore, Paul and Bosh in the paint would be as money as West (for the most part) from the top of the key.
Like I said, scary.
"But what about the salary cap?"
Excellent query; my solution: Get rid of Mo Pete and Antonio Daniels by any means necessary.
Daniels is a decent back-up point guard and has a manageable contract. Best of all, it's an expiring contract.
Suggestion: Trade for a conditional second round draft pick in 2010. Will it work? Who knows, but its definitely worth the gamble, especially if we can re-sign Pargo
Mo Pete is trickier, his contract is fairly manageable, but it's not expiring and his value has had to drop this past season. However, there's a little team called Memphis with 20 million in cap space looking for some bench depth. Mo Pete can still contribute and for that price with that much cap space, it could be a great move for both sides.
Suggestion: Same as Daniels, maybe a guaranteed 2nd round pick instead of conditional.
This would clear the required cap space to make a move for Bosh giving him a chance to play with two other All-Stars; including the best point guard on the planet. Even if New Orleans is a "small market" team, the city is one of the best in the world and a serious chance to be contenders.
Scenario 2: Peja Stojakovic and David West and various draft picks for Chris Bosh
Immediate reaction, "What are you nuts!?!? No way would Toronto be stupid enough for this!"
Alright, take a step back and hear me out. Toronto is already going to lose their starting Small Forward in Shawn Marion and his hefty contract and could lose Bosh as well. Peja's contract is slightly cheaper than Marion's and runs out in two seasons while West's contract is significantly lighter than Bosh's.
This would give Toronto the best perimeter front-court in the game and while this might not be anything to be proud of, it could work by interchanging two good shooters in West and Bargani in the post.
The Hornets would have a much better rebounding front court if Wright started alongside Bosh and Chandler and be significantly more athletic. This would also clear our salary by about 7-8 million and if we manage to pull of the above move(s) we'd be in even better financial shape.
Is Bosh just a pipe dream for the Hornets? Probably. Are all these moves crackpot ideas? I'd like to think they're fairly reasonable and creative, but I'm an optimist. Feel free to leave feedback, I love trade ideas and discussing them.