Asessing The Toronto Raptors Trade Options: Trading Bosh Not The Answer

Chase RuttigCorrespondent IJanuary 15, 2010

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Recently there has been a lot of talk about a mega deal for Toronto Raptors star Chris Bosh, who I consider the biggest prize of the 2010 Free Agent Class and the guy who has the ball in his court in terms of controlling what happens in July.

The trade is as follows:

Andrew Bynum straight up for Chris Bosh

This trade is flawed for a number of reasons:

1) It can only happen on July 1st.
Do you honestly think that think that the Raptors will trade Bosh for anything other than a sell and trade? Bosh is one of the ten best players in the game and is the trams all time leading scorer and is the face of basketball in Canada with apologies to Steve Nash, when people think Canadian basketball they think Raptors.

Bynum is definitely not on the same level as Bosh yet, and would be a great pickup for the Raptors if they didn't have to deal Bosh, but this trade seems to be all sizzle and no steak. 

If this trade did go down on July 1st, which is the only option because the salaries don't quite match, it would be a good deal, but I see Bosh resigning before being traded as the only way he is leaving Toronto is to unite with LeBron or Dwayne Wade for a dynasty in some lucky city that acquires the right amount of expiring contracts.

2) It Doesn't Make Sense For The Lakers
The Lakers already have three players with Bosh's skill set, Gasol, Artest, and Odom are all athletic guys who can play the four spot. So why would they trade their true center for another guy that has the same skill set as a majority of their key guys? Whoever made this rumour did not think this through at all.

3) Bryan Collangelo Knows That If Bosh Leaves, He is Done
Bryan Collangelo basically decided to not drink the 2010 Kool-Aid and make his move in 2009 by adding Reggie Evans, Marco Belinelli, Hedo Turkoglu, and Jarret Jack to the roster and getting rid of Shawn Marion, who I thought could have been a bigger contributor than Hedo.

Well right now what they have isn't working so great, they are in the playoffs and have the talent to get home court during the first round, but they can't stop anybody, hell I could probably go for ten points and ten boards against the Raptors on a bad day.

With that being said why would Collangelo trade his best post defender and rebounder who happens to be the face of his franchise for a career enigma who has never had a solid season is his whole career? Makes no sense

Collangelo knows the pressure to win is on, and Bosh is the only one who can lead the team to success and if Bosh packs his bags, Collangelo should probably pack his as well.

With all of that being said it does not look like Chris Bosh is wearing a different teams jersey this season,but is trading Chris Bosh the answer?

I say no.

Bosh may not be a franchise player, but he is the best power forward in the league right now and is looking like he is just entering his prime, he has his old college teammate with him in Jarrett Jack and it looks like if the Raptors make the playoffs he will stay.

The Raptors should wait it out and let all of the drama unfold before deciding to pull the trigger on any move that sends Chris Bosh away from the T-Dot.