The problem with Toronto trading Chris Bosh to Houston
They’ll want the right assets. Not cap space. Not a point guard. And not a South American tough guy set to hit free agency. If the Toronto Raptors are forced to trade Chris Bosh this off-season, the ‘Dinos’ will demand young, blue chip talent instead of expiring contracts. The reason: most big-ticket free agents won’t sign long-term with a Canadian franchise, so accumulating cap space is useless …
They’ll want the right assets. Not just cap space. Not a point guard. And not a South American tough guy set to hit free agency.
If the Toronto Raptors are forced to trade Chris Bosh this off-season, the ‘Dinos’ will want young talent they can build around instead of expiring contracts. The reason: most big-ticket free agents won’t consider playing in Canada, so accumulating cap space is useless.
Of course, this brings us to today’s rumour in the Houston Chronicle that the Rockets will try to swing a summer trade for the lanky four-man.
“Once the Toronto Raptors figure out that Chris Bosh will be departing via free agency a year from now, they may be inclined to trade him this summer. Their choice is to trade him to the Rockets now and get something in return, or wait until he signs with the Rockets a year from now and get nothing. If they decide to deal him, Rockets general manager Daryl Morey almost certainly would like to be at the front of the line.” (Houston Chronicle via Fan Nation on CNNSI)
In today’s economic climate, Tracy McGrady’s expiring contract would be significant for most clubs. Not Toronto. At first glance, Houston lacks the assets to complete a deal.
The Raptors aren’t hurting for cash. The NBA franchise is part of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment’s diverse and valuable holdings, which includes model franchises like MLS’ Toronto FC and the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs.
This company prints cash. They have no need to cut costs and taking back the last year of McGrady’s 23 million dollar deal holds little appeal because they’ll struggle to re-invest those funds in free agents on the open market.
Also, trading for T-Mac, even if it’s only for his contract, would bring more bad publicity than that John guy, who got busted cheating on his wife and eight kids. Remember, the injury-prone swing was drafted by the Raptors and bolted as a free agent. Vince Carter, McGrady’s cousin, also left on poor terms.
The Rockets do have two appealing pieces, but there are complications. First, point guard Aaron Brooks showed great promise in the Lakers series. However, the club already has Jose Calderon at the one-spot, who has 40 million dollars left on his multi-year contract.
Second, blue-collar post Luis Scola could be a fit next to finesse five Andrea Bargnani and, as an Argentine, might enjoy an international city like Toronto. However, his much-needed toughness is only under contract for one season.
The Raptors may move Bosh this off-season. But the Rockets lack the pieces to complete a deal.