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Cleveland Cavaliers Want Chris Bosh; Possible Sign and Trade Coming?

Brad LeClair@beerad87Correspondent IJune 20, 2010

CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 16:  Chris Bosh #4 of the Toronto Raptors makes a jumpshot against the Charlotte Bobcats during their game at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 16, 2009 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  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: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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According to Ric Bucher of ESPN, the Cleveland Cavaliers have called the offices of Bryan Colangelo and the Toronto Raptors about the availability of power forward Chris Bosh. The soon-to-be free agent is looking more and more like he will leave the organization that drafted him and the city he has called home for seven years.

Bosh would like to head to Cleveland only if LeBron James stays there. I don't see Bosh going there if James signs in Chicago, New York, or elsewhere.

A rumor circulated about two months ago that Chris Bosh forwarded a preferred list of teams which included Chicago, Miami, Toronto, New York, and Los Angeles Lakers. That rumor was quickly shot down by Bosh himself via Twitter and other social media. However, I'm sure if Cleveland managed to keep LeBron happy and re-signed him, then Bosh could follow quickly.

Personally, I would prefer if Bosh stayed and somehow the Raptors could get rid of Euro talents like Jose Calderon, Hedo Turkoglu, and even Andrea Bargnani, but I've come to the conclusion that Bosh is more than likely gone when the time comes.

Hoopsworld, a website to which I give no credibility on their sources or ideas, shot up a trade idea of JJ Hickson, Antawn Jamison and Mo Williams for Bosh and Calderon.

While I like the idea of trading Calderon's terrible contract along with Bosh, I don't, however, agree with trading them for this package. I feel the best part of the deal is Hickson, and the other parts are probably just lateral moves or set us back, at least temporarily.

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Both Williams and Jamison expire the following year, with Williams having a player option that last year for $8.5 million, which I doubt he will pick up opting for free agency.

In my opinion, Mo Williams is more of a combo guard and not a great distributor like Calderon is. His defence doesn't leave much to be desired, either. As for Jamison, he's almost like a smaller version of Bargnani; 20 PPG and 8 RPG are probably his peak and really doesn't fill the void left by Bosh. We would have two big men who spread the floor and be left with the same problem we've had for years: no interior toughness or presence.

I would personally sign and trade Bosh for a bona-fide center and move Bargnani to his natural power forward position. Someone like Andrew Bynum from Los Angeles comes to mind. This way we have a high-low option, providing a more balanced attack.

However, I'm not the general manager of the team, so we will see what happens.

Thoughts on the potential sign and trade with the Cavaliers?