There has been a lot of rumors swirling around the Raps lately. The most obvious one is regarding Chris Bosh. The two trades I've heard about are regarding the Chicago Bulls and L.A. Lakers. The trade from the Bulls would involve Kirk Hinrich and Ty Thomas for Bosh. Obviously this would lead to moving one of the guards as T.O. would have too many.
The other trade is with the Lakers would have Bosh going to L.A. with Andrew Bynum as the main piece coming back. This one probably makes more sense for Toronto as it would give the Raptors a potential franchise center. The scary thing with this deal would be how good the Lakers would be and how many championships they could build IF they could re-sign Bosh, which they would have a shot at given the fact they could offer him more money and a longer contract because they would own his Bird rights.
The other option for Toronto is to keep him and hope you can re-sign him in the off-season. Is this likely? No. As much as I want Bosh to stay in Toronto, if you can't get him to agree to a contract before the trade deadline you have to move him. You can't allow him to walk away and get nothing for him ala Tracey McGrady.
Finally another trade option out there would be to move Jose Calderon. The reason I say this is because of the play of Jarrett Jack has made Calderon expendable. One rumour has Jose being moved to Sacramento for Kevin Martin, which would be great for the offense and terrible for the D (although it's not as tho Calderon is the best defender).
Either way the Raps have to do something at the deadline because as it stands this team will make the playoffs but WON'T make it out of the first round. They desperately need someone to play SG while DeMar DeRozan continues to grow and learn the NBA game.
Should be an interesting trade deadline but don't be shocked if CB4 is wearing a different jersey in March!
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