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Talking Points: Would Toronto Be Wise in Trading Chris Bosh This Summer?

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Malungu VincentContributor IMarch 12, 2010

Bryan Colangelo has a dilemma on his hands: consider trading Chris Bosh for an attractive package, or consider signing him to a long-term deal while stifling the team's chances of signing more high-calibre talent.

Right now, as things still stand, the Toronto Raptors could find themselves in an unthinkable position: losing out on the playoffs for a second straight season.

It's a possibility that has Raptors fans worried, pundits wondering whether the moves Colangelo made last summer were smart enough, and Chris Bosh himself at this point of the season still contemplating his future.

Toronto would be better off if they decided to trade Bosh, but the Raptors should also consider the chance of trading Hedo Turkoglu as well.

The reason for Hedo's inclusion should be that the Raptors could end up acquiring pieces that can fit Colangelo's long term vision.

Colangelo could possibly swing a deal with a contending team who could be on the lookout for a player of Turkoglu's talent. Turkoglu is known as a crunch-time player, the type who can run with the ball and make a last daring shot.

Teams are always on the lookout for players of that nature, and so it should come as no surprise if Colangelo were to consider the Hedo option (should Bosh himself be traded out the door first).

Toronto needs to take a long, hard look at itself and try to get a grip on the situation that's unfolding. It's not like the team doesn't have quality talent; it does.

It's the fact that most of that quality talent such as Weems, Johnson, and DeRozan are still unproven, despite their steady play as of late.

If the Raptors were to fail in their attempt to qualify for the post-season, should the blame be squarely aimed at Jay Triano?

Or should Colangelo come realize that his "magic" may in fact not be so magical, or instead bring in personal fave coach Mike D'Antoni into the mix?

Would trading Chris Bosh in fact signal the end of all possibilities for Toronto, or would it be the final 'turning point' of the franchise as so many would put it?

These questions have yet to be answered, and Colangelo and company have nothing to hide nor should even try to hide anything now that the floodgates are bursting to open if they don't make the postseason.

So let's consider the possibility of trading Chris Bosh. Depending on how you might see it, trading Bosh could in fact work in the Toronto Raptors' favor.

He's an All-Star, a gold medalist, a well-respected individual within the league, and also someone most teams would want to add as an anchor on their squad.

That leaves Colangelo, the ever so master Bryan Colangelo with a tough decision.

Will Toronto consider trading Bosh in the summer, or will they simply just re-sign him?

Who knows, but one thing is for sure: this Raptors team will be a totally different Raptor team this coming Fall.

Whether Chris Bosh returns to the fold or not, you be the judge.

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