Well today all the hoop-la begin about a “possible” trade between the Toronto Raptors and the Los Angeles Lakers. This trade would include All-Star forward Chris Bosh, and future All-Star center Andrew Bynum. Now being a Laker fan this “trade” is so intriguing to me. When I look in depth at this possible trade, having Chris Bosh on this Laker team could be an absolute blessing. Chris Bosh is long, and versatile. He has descent handles for a big guy (nothing to really brag on) but knowing that he can hit that 17ft jumper..gives me great joy. We also know that he stays in the top 10 in rebounding, so it’s nothing that he’ll have to be “motivated” to do, night in and out. Also watching Chris play with the U.S. Olympic team, he understood his role coming off the bench with those guys, and I don’t think it would be a problem for him to be the 3rd option on this star-studded team. And think about him playing with Ron Artest. Ron’s 3pt shot just becomes more open. Chris wants to win, and he is very humble already, so on that note the Lakers would become almost virtually unbeatable.
But then there is the “size” that’s being given up, in terms of strength. Bynum is built like a tank, with massive arms, and he knows how to utilize that height. When Pau Gasol is not in the game, we have noticed how dominate he can be, but the problem for us is when Pau is in the game, Bynum is almost non-existent. This trade could be great for him as well, because it would allow him to be a “legit” focal point for a team, night in and night out. He definitely is capable of putting up big numbers, so Toronto would not be losing much in that aspect.
The Lakers would have to include a couple of players in order for this trade to even potentially go down, so first to go would be Adam Morrison, who I honestly believe if he can stay on the floor is able to put up descent scoring numbers for a team, and Jordan Farmar. Now Farmar is one of those players, that has me straddling the fence. One minute I want him gone, then he scores 20, and get’s steals, and I want him to stay. Yet the one thing that proves to me is he is inconsistent. Can we really have that on a championship caliber NBA team, and expect to keep winning? I’m not so sure. Honestly I would rather give up Sasha, but with his “bad” contract we can’t give him away, so that leaves Farmar. I did this trade: ESPNTRADEMACHINE. What I was surprised by the most, was the +8 wins for the Lakers, even with the bench losing two guys. That says alot.
We know that Phil Jackson would definitely love this trade, along with Kobe Bryant. So the question is, how much more in debt would this put Dr. Buss? Would it take long for Bosh to learn the triangle? Or would he be able to adapt quickly like Pau? And the most important question…is this trade even necessary to solidify the Lakers chances at a repeat? Lakers fans hit me up and let me know.