Chris Bosh?

2010 January 8
by rahat huq

From ESPN’s Marc Stein:

BOISE, Idaho — Here are the best (and last) dribbles of chatter from the NBA grapevine as collected from various executives, scouts and insiders who gathered to watch 16 teams play two games each in a four-day span at the annual D-League Showcase:

Some 40 days from the league’s annual trading deadline, no one in Boise could say with any certainty that the Toronto Raptors are going to be willing to move Chris Bosh ahead of the Feb. 18 trade buzzer.

No one has a firm read on Toronto’s intentions yet.

What we did hear, though, is that the Houston Rockets have made it known that they would be willing to trade for Bosh immediately … even if they don’t get a guarantee they can re-sign him this summer.

That’s the problem with any sort of Bosh deal at midseason. Even if the Raps do decide they want to make Bosh available now and avoid the threat of losing him without compensation in free agency after July 1, there’s an overwhelming majority of teams that wouldn’t dare consider trading for Bosh in February without some sort of assurance they could keep him.

But Houston is different.

Sources say the ever-aggressive Rockets are sure a half-season in Houston could convince the native Texan to pledge his long-term future to a city players love as well as a team that sits four games over .500 without the injured Yao Ming and the exiled Tracy McGrady.

This season’s success without marquee names also suggests that the Rockets have the requisite stash of assets — depending on whom they’re willing to surrender from a group that includes Aaron Brooks, Carl Landry, Trevor Ariza and Luis Scola — to assemble a legit deal for Toronto to consider. It’s likewise believed that Houston can put a decent package together without insisting that McGrady’s mammoth $22.5 million salary has to be part of it, which complicates matters even though it’s an expiring deal because so many more players have to be included to make the trade math work.

You figure Chicago, Miami and New York also are on the short list of teams that would be willing to risk trading for Bosh before we get to the summer. Those are the teams thought to have the best shot at signing him in free agency and could inherit Bosh’s Larry Bird rights with a deal before the deadline. None of them, though, can offer a better talent deal than Houston. The Heat and Knicks — with their heavily stripped-down rosters as the countdown continues to July 1 — can’t come close.

The Raps recently have inched back to .500, just got point guard Jose Calderon back from a hip injury and still expect bruising forward Reggie Evans to start playing in the second half of the season after recovering from a foot problem to provide some needed toughness. So there’s a good case for Toronto to put off any major decisions until the offseason.

The Raptors have long believed, furthermore, that Bosh will participate in a sign-and-trade this summer — if he decides to leave Canada after saying repeatedly that he loves the place — before walking away outright from the franchise that drafted him.

I nonetheless was advised this week to expect Houston to make a hard Bosh push during these next 40 days if the Raptors invite it. Or perhaps even if they don’t invite it.

That tale alone made it a worthy trip.

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  • SeanH97
    Seems like a third team is a possible option with mcgrady heading there for an asset to Toronto and maybe an expiring contract back to Houston.
  • rahat_huq
    those were my thoughts as well. the only other possibility would be an entirely seperate mcgrady trade, but that would push the team into luxury tax territory.
  • david_etheredge
    Love your blog and I'd love to hear your take on what Bosch could bring to this team. Seems like a perfect storm may be brewing for Morey to retool this team mid-season and become a real force in the playoffs. Can we move Ariza in a deal and open up a starting spot for Landry? Given your analysis of the team this season - where do you see the Rox having the most glaring holes and who might fill those holes without fouling the chemistry this club has?
  • Lars
    I am in love with CB4's game. How do you feel about him Rahat?

    Thisis a guy with a skillset closer than anyone in the NBA to what Chris Webber had. I have no doubt he would excel here in that role, when running Adelman's Kings offense. At the same time, in a traditional Houston offense, I think him and Yao create matchup nightmares for opposing big men. Very few teams in the league have two solid post defenders, and many have to double team.

    I worry though, that getting him here would likely cost Battier/Brooks which are two our of best 3pt shooters. I think the power of Yao/Bosh is greatly reduced without a consistent outside threat to go along with it.
  • rahat_huq
    David - I think Landry would almost undoubtedly be part of any Bosh deal. The only hope would be the European team building strategy the Raptors seem to be following and Scola, but I can't see that happening - he's already 30.

    As far as holes/chemistry, I think a deal of such magnitude would so greatly alter the dynamics of the team that an a priori assessment isn't possible.

    Lars - From what I saw in the first matchup, skillwise, he's scary good. It would definitely hurt emotionally to dismantle this core, but Bosh is the type of player for whom you do that if presented the chance. He's not a "superstar" in the Lebron/Kobe/CP3/or even Roy sense of the word, but with Morey's uncanny knack for asset creation, you absolutely have to make such a deal and give the latter the chance to fill in the holes in the subsequent years.
  • Stephen
    Because Toronto only has one open roster spot,and I think we can discount a trade that involves half of each teams rosters the most logical trade would be Battier,Landry,Cook,the rights to LLull,cash and the 2010 First for Bosh,Weems.
    Toronto gets a young PF who complements Bargnani(sp?),the rights to the second best young PG in Europe(who has athletic ability,height,a defensive attitude to match up w/the Rose,Rondos,etc),monetary relief,excellent trade bait in Battier,a pretty nice Trade Exception and another First to use or package in a trade.(Swap Battier for a First and it's alot like what Memphis got for Gasol,w/Landry being better than Crittendon and perhaps Gasol younger better than Llull.)
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