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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.
As promised, today’s column is pure basketball, triggered by trade winds.
A Lakers source told me the team had its sights set high, as usual, and planned to target the possible acquisition of Chris Bosh when it got closer to the 3 p.m. Feb. 18 trade deadline, and the Raptors might be more likely to move their Olympian/All-Star while still entitled to compensation.
It commonly is believed Bosh almost certain is to flee Toronto after this season, when he has the right to opt out of the final year ($17.1 million) of his contract.
My source believes the Lakers will offer Andrew Bynum for Bosh (if they haven’t done so already) well before the deadline expires. In itself, the one-for-one swap is impossible to make. Bynum’s “base year” essentially allows L.A. to take back but half of his salary this year ($12.5M). Of course, that restriction is lifted when next year’s salary ($13.7M) activates come July 1, at which time a sign-and-trade transaction would be feasible.
The possibility of such a deal makes sense to me. First of all, Bynum is a legit starting center for the defending champions. He also has three years left on his contract after this one.
As for the Raptors, despite the severe offseason roster renovation, they’re not giving any indication of being more than just a one-and-done playoff group this season and in the foreseeable future.
What’s Bosh’s motivation to stay? Clearly, management’s sense of urgency to protect its principal asset cannot be accentuated enough. If that’s impractical, the organization cannot afford to lose Bosh without receiving equitable compensation.
Asked by e-mail about all of the above and whether the Raptors and Lakers have discussed a Bosh-Bynum proposal, team president Bryan Colangelo, who surely is being contacted on a daily basis regarding the availability of his franchise player — especially when the team was 11-17 — he replied in kind:
“For the record, I am not actively seeking a deal or discussing Bosh with any team, much less the Lakers.
“I haven’t traded him yet and our position has been the same. We will not make a deal just to make a deal. Our intention is to keep him here long term.
“Additionally, I have not yet offered an extension as Dwyane Wade and LeBron James both received [from their respective teams]. So technically he has not said no.
“I honestly don’t think C.B. knows what the future holds, or what he wants to do, so I would say we’re still in the game as far as his pending free agency.”
In the meantime, the languishing Lakers may only have the marginal goods to obtain the likes of, say, Hornets’ forward Hilton Armstrong. Friday night they lost again (third straight road loss) to the Blazers (nine consecutive in Portland) and continue to showcase (I’m being kind) Sasha Vujacic (one year left at $5.475M) and free agents-in-waiting Jordan Farmar and Adam Morrison.
What are we to think when the Blazers are able to win minus six rotation players? Either it’s a great compliment to them or a blanket indictment on the Lakers minus Pau Gasol (hamstring).
As you recall, the Lakers were evicted from the playoffs in the first round the two previous tournaments before Gasol arrived Feb. 1, 2008. They’ve been Finalists since and last season experienced ultimate success.
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