Chris Bosh: Wait…or Trade Him?

I have been reading blogs all over the web for a long time now, so I decided to write a couple blog entries of my own and what better topic to start off with then this? Chris Bosh, trade him? Or continue to build around him in hopes that he will stay past 2010. I have decided to weigh in on the situation at hand. It has all ready been reported that Bosh will NOT be signing an extension this summer. Cool, we’ll just sign him next summer then…Right? Well that’s the problem who knows whether Bosh will sign next summer or not, I doubt even Bosh knows seeing how he’s so busy making IPhone apps and video blogs. Here is what I think:

Why we should keep Bosh: He may be the RuPaul of bigmen in the NBA, but at the end of the day he’s the only All-Star on the team and one of the best power forwards in the game. He may lack the ability to take over games in the fourth quarter but he is our best player and we would have a tough time winning without him. He is 1 of only 3 players to average at least 20 points and 10 rebounds this past season. Looking around the NBA every team has a star player someone who can put up big numbers and every contender has more than one All-Star/All-Star potential player. If Bosh is traded where does that leave Toronto. Despite Bargnani’s recent development I doubt he will be a 20 and 10 guy by next season. I also doubt that a straight up All-Star for an All-Star trade will happen (i.e Bosh for Boozer). Not to mention that when ever a team does decide to trade their franchise player they never get the same value in return. If a trade does go down this summer the smartest thing to do in my opinion would be to trade for 1 or 2 mid level proven players with the potential to get better, expiring contracts and a draft pick or two. Ultimately that still leaves Toronto without a legitimate star player. Barngnani will then most likely have to step up and be the new cornerstone of this franchise, and like I said earlier I don’t think he’s ready yet. If we do decide to hold on to Bosh for dear life how do we make sure that he will resign in 2010? Well for starters if we don’t trade Bosh we have to trade someone right? Bargnani, Marion and Calderon should all be fair game. If we want to convince Bosh to stay we need to do much better than a first round playoff exit and to do that we need to make big changes to the current team. In my opinion this isn’t a team that with a bit of fine tuning will start winning. With the highering of both Triano and Ivaroni it is obvious that the Raptors want to run so why not trade Calderon for some talent and look to bag a point guard in this years draft? Looking back Toronto has a horrible reputation of chasing all their star players away do we really want to chase away Bosh as well? If we do who knows when the next one will come…

Why Bosh should be traded and have his passport shredded: Bosh is our best player, our big ticket, the franchise but is he really all that he is cracked up to be, or is he just a good player on a bad team(i.e Pau Gasol)? I honestly have never been a big fan of Bosh until the start of the 2008/2009 season when he was putting up those monster numbers for like the first month, but things eventually returned back to normal. You know that kid in elementary school that hits puberty first and ends up being really good at basketball cause he’s taller than all his friends? But then when everyone else starts to grow a month later he ends up being just average… That’s pretty much is what happened with Bosh. Lets look at Bosh’s numbers over his six years with the Raptors: Link
As you can see his numbers haven’t really changed much in the last 4 seasons. Bosh wants a max contract in 2010 and looking at those numbers and considering his ceiling does he really deserve one. Well here are two guys that will definitely get max contracts this guy, and that guy. Okay, I seem to be getting way too ahead of myself here even if we decide Bosh is worth a max contract what’s going to make him stay? The fans? Nope, I am pretty sure he is pissed at us for booing him and giving standing ovations to Pops Mensah Bonsu because he’s an “energy” guy. If you think about it there really is no reason for Bosh to stay unless we surround him with talent. Like I said before, that can only be done if we make big changes but that doesn’t seem to be Colangelo’s plan. He has already resigned Jay Triano as head coach, wants to resign Shawn Marion, he has not yet given up on Bargnani and seems to really like Calderon seeing how he chose him over T.J Ford. Delfino is rumored to come back but that is not enough. So how are we going to get better? The draft? Most mock drafts have us choosing DeMar DeRozan with the 9th pick. Although I see DeRozan as a great pick for this team I do NOT think he will contribute in a big enough way fast enough to convince Bosh to stay. We’ve already given up enough All-Star players for jack shit why give Bosh a chance to leave for nothing as well. Ultimately waiting to long will only lower Bosh’s trade value.

Assuming that Bosh still has a brain somewhere under all that hair he now has, he won’t be staying. I say trade Bosh for a couple of good young guys, draft picks, and expiring contracts before his value drops, but that’s just me. With Golden State apparently being very interested in Bosh I would love to see a trade that would net us Monta Ellis and Andris Biedrins. I just don’t see him staying and I don’t see Colangelo being able to surround Bosh with talent.

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