Inside The NBA: Bosh For Bynum in The Works

Coach NickContributor IIJune 11, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - FEBRUARY 14:  Chris Bosh #4 and LeBron James #23 of the Eastern Conference look on alongside Amar'e Stoudemire #1 of the Western Conference during the NBA All-Star Game, part of 2010 NBA All-Star Weekend at Cowboys Stadium on February 14, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. The Eastern Conference defeated the Western Conference 141-139 in regulation. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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A friend with a close source in the NBA just told me that the Lakers are exploring a deal that will have Toronto do a sign and trade with Chris Bosh and exchange him for Andrew Bynum. The Lakers are concerned that Bynum is injury prone and won't ever reach his full potential. Apparently, Kobe Bryant may be the one to stop the trade since he reportedly hates Chris Bosh because of his perceived poor work ethic. Certainly Bosh's certain max deal wouldn't match what Bynum has left on his three year deal, so the Lakers would presumably have to include another player, perhaps Shannon Brown. It's also possible that Bosh would do a sign and trade for less than a max deal in order to play with Kobe and the Lakers. They would certainly be favorites to win several more championships if he came to Los Angeles.

In my opinion, I think the Lakers should have tried to deal Lamar Odom and Shannon Brown for David Lee. Lee would be the ultimate fit for the Lakers and the triangle - a rugged forward who can shoot and rebound and can pass as well. It is possible that the Knicks could do a sign and trade with David Lee to get Odom and Brown, however, it looks to me like the Knicks could get LeBron and Bosh and let David Lee go elsewhere.

This is promising to be a tumultuous off season with all the free agents. I will also offer this insight: The ninth and tenth teams in the West could easily by 4th and 5th in the East - so none of these super free agents would sign with any of these teams in the West - since they'd have to struggle so hard just to get out of the Western Conference Playoffs. So you will see LeBron stay somewhere in the East - most likely Chicago or New York, while Wade will stay. But I think that Stoudemire and Nowitzki bolt for an Eastern Conference team that will give them a better shot at making the Finals. Clearly, Wade being in Miami makes the Heat an attractive place for these guys. Since Cleveland is going to be gutted and Boston is on their last legs, it's reasonable to assume that Miami can take over the top slot in the East if they pick up any of the available super star free agents. It remains to be seen if they can do it under the salary cap, but Riley seems to have the touch.

Overall, this is the last chance the East will have in a long while to get closer in talent to the West. And the way teams are built now - it's their only hope.