Trading Chris Bosh Is Not the Answer

Ross WhiteContributor IJuly 7, 2009

BEIJING - AUGUST 20:  Chris Bosh #12 of the United States dunks over the defense of Chris Anstey #4 of Australia during the men's basketball quarterfinal game at the Olympic Basketball Gymnasium during Day 12 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 20, 2008 in Beijing, China.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

A lot of Toronto Raptor fans have been whispering it, I'm sure Bryan Colangelo has been thinking it, and many NBA teams are hoping for it.

The Raptors trading Chris Bosh will improve their team.

This statement is flat out wrong. You can't take a four-time All-Star, All-NBA caliber player off of a team and make it better. Not this team.

Bosh has been the core of this team since he came into the league. Colangelo has stated that Bosh is their guy, and they are one or two moves away from breaking it big.

Two years ago, he wanted a slasher and thought with the addition of one they could do big things.

Jamario Moon wasn't the answer.

When they strayed away from getting the slasher, with the trade for Jermaine O'Neal, the effects were evident.

Hedo can be the answer.

Not only does he bring his driving abilities and shooting abilities, he also adds to a style that, when on the right track, has proven to be difficult for teams.

Before O'Neal ruined the season for the Raptors this year, they played a very interesting style. This style could almost be considered international.

With Spain's guard Jose Calderon, Italian seven footer Andrei Bargnani, and the Turkish Michael Jordan Hedo Turkoglu, the Raptors have a strong international presence.

Not to mention Bosh, whose finesse style has international shades splashing through.

We saw how long it took the American style of play to adapt to this in the World Championships and Olympics over the past few years.

And those were some of the best players in the league. With an international approach, the Raptors, an international team, could provide headaches throughout the Eastern conference.

Not only that with the addition of Reggie Evans and Hedo, this team has exponential rebounding potential. Bargnani needs to get a little bit tougher, but he has shown drastic improvement.

Trading Bosh would diminish your team, as Calderon and Bargnani rely on him, and Hedo Turkoglu has a dominant big man still to help him.

Bosh has carried the team for the past four years. Without him the Raptors start back at square one. It's a risk that has to be acknowledged with Bosh's contract status.

If the Raptors do compete, Bosh would likely stay in T-town.

If the style doesn't work, then you can dump him off midseason and load another team up. It's not going to solve the Raptors problems, but the worst mistake a team could make is to get rid of the player that has had the franchise on his back for multiple years.

To add role players would be a mistake, with the teams that normally gobble up the solid role players in the offseason, having a blood fight for the rights to the huge names in the 2010 free agent pool.

The Raptors can make their move for solid role players then, if and only if they can keep their "man" in Bosh.

Getting rid of Bosh would only make this team average at best. You lose a top-10 big man who can't be replaced by a mediocre big man.

This year is a feeling out period and Toronto is in the same boat as the Cleveland Cavaliers. If you want to be good the next couple seasons, you keep the guy who made you a contender.

This team reminds me of the Detroit Pistons of a few years ago. A good team, not just a LeBron James or how many stars can you get in a green jersey.

The loss of Chris Bosh makes this team a bunch of average players. The chemistry was built through him. This team would be lost without it.