Inside the Paint: What a Revamped Toronto Raptors Could Look Like After Bosh

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent IJuly 7, 2009

LAS VEGAS - JULY 21:  Chris Bosh #12 of the USA Basketball Men's Senior National Team reacts during a practice at Valley High School June 21, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Chris Bosh is the franchise player of the Toronto Raptors. But note to self: Toronto would be better off to trade Bosh this summer than to take the risk of taking him on next year.

The Raptors made the first move in acquiring Hedo Turkolgu, the Turkish sharpshooter, who averaged 16.8 points per game and was an integral part of Orlando Magic's postseason drive to the Finals.

The signing is a major upgrade for Toronto over Kapano, Graham, Parker, and Delfino, but Bryan Colangelo would be wiser to even consider trading Bosh for younger and cheaper talent as well. 

Teams such as Portland, New Orleans, Houston, Golden State, and the Clippers would be good bets of where Colangelo could find a quality big with a shooting guard or small forward in return for Bosh, something that Raptor fans could argue is a necessary step in improving the Raptors on a whole.

Let's look at Portland, for example: You can trade Bosh to Portland for the services of Travis Outlaw or Joel Pryzbilla or LaMarcus Aldridge, or two of the three along with a guard or perimeter player, such as Rudy Fernandez.

Such a trade would only upgrade Portland's front line, which is already stacked with players as Aldridge, Oden, and Outlaw. Now imagine a Portland front line composed of Bosh, Aldridge, and Oden to go along with Brandon Roy? ...Exactly my point.

Fernandez would fit right at home with Toronto because he's the type of player that Colangelo covets: European, smart basketball IQ, and a teammate of Jose Calderon on the Spanish national team. A plus if you ask the average basketball Joe. 

The Clippers could provide another good trading partner with Toronto for Bosh services. You could trade Bosh to the Clippers for the following players in return: Al Thornton and Marcus Camby. Both players would provide an excellent upgrade at the bench for the Raptors. 

Marcus Camby, who is known for his defensive skills and rugged play, could start in the 5 for Toronto, therefore allowing Andrea Bargnani to operate at the 4.

Reggie Evans, who brings a similar style to that of Camby, would also provide a complimentary defensive and physical presence along with Camby if the two were to start on the court as well. 

Thornton could also come in as a starter, therefore allowing Bargnani to further develop in the five.

All of the sudden, you have am amazingly offensively primed core of Calderon, Bargnani, Thornton, Turkoglu, and DeRozen at the five, with Reggie Evans, Marcus Camby, and Ukic and possibly Defino providing the ranks at the back. 

Another possible trading partner would be Golden State, and perhaps wishful thinking like the previously mentioned trade possibilities would have Bosh going to California for the services of Italian guard Marco Belinelli, Latvian center Andris Biedrins, two good quality Europeans who would also fit in with Colangelo's mold in Toronto.

Andris is known to be a talented center who can battle in the whole and is capable of putting up at least 10 to 15 points per game, while his Italian counterpart is another player who like Andris, would thrive under a European style fast-break approach to the game. 

Both players have shown to be offensively talented while playing in Golden State, with Andris thriving the most since Don Nelson took over as coach and introduced his famous offensive tactics, which would be a focal point in galvanizing Golden State to an improbably post-season run.

Now before you start to make your verdict on this, you have to realize that these kinds of trades are not likely to happen, either due to salary cap reasons, or for the simple fact that such trading proposals would be wishful thinking on one's part.

If you were a betting man, your pick of any of these possible trade scenarios for Toronto's Chris Bosh would have to be Portland. Portland would have the most to gain with the trade, since the team has gone on the upswing with the emergence of Oden and Roy as a tandem.

Portland would probably have to give up Fernandez and probably one of the two (either Aldridge and Outlaw), but getting Bosh, a four-time All Star and Olympic gold medalist with a career average of 19.6 points per game and averaging around 9.3 rebounds per game would more than make up for the loss of Fernandez and either Aldridge or Outlaw. 

It all comes down to the Raptors' Bryan Colangelo and what he and his brass decide to do starting in this summer to July of next year. Let's just hope that if Colangelo makes the move, it can be the right one.