Tuesday , Jan , 12 , 2010 Oly Sandor

Chris Bosh for Andrew Bynum: why it won’t happen

On Sunday morning, the New York Post reported that the Toronto Raptors and Los Angeles Lakers were considering swapping Chris Bosh for Andrew Bynum. Perhaps. Perhaps, they talked, touched base, or exchanged general scenarios. After all, the suits involved – Toronto’s Bryan Colangelo and Los Angeles’ Mitch Kupchak – have a fiduciary duty to explore any and all scenarios that potentially improve their team, so something may have come up …

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My Quick Take: On Sunday morning, the New York Post reported that the Toronto Raptors and Los Angeles Lakers were considering swapping Chris Bosh for Andrew Bynum.

Perhaps.

Perhaps, they talked, touched base, or exchanged general scenarios. After all, the suits involved – Toronto’s Bryan Colangelo and Los Angeles’ Mitch Kupchak – have a fiduciary duty to explore any and all scenarios that potentially improve their team, so something may have come up.

Both have a history of wheeling-and-dealing. Colangelo, a two-time Executive of the Year, spent the summer remodelling the Raptors’ roster, while two years ago, Kupchak shocked the NBA by stealing Pau Gasol from the Memphis Grizzlies. 

Although a Bosh for Bynum trade is possible, it isn’t likely. In fact, it’s unlikely, unrealistic, and far-fetched. And the reports seem like nothing more than a publicity scheme cooked up by one of the NYC’s gossip rags.

Toronto believes they can re-sign Bosh. If an extension isn’t in the cards, the organization would prefer a summer sign-and-trade over a February deadline deal. Also, they’d prefer flexible assets over a talented, but somewhat injury prone and expensive post.

For instance, suppose CB4 tells Toronto he won’t re-sign. Colangelo could call the New York Knicks and demand David Lee and Danilo Gallinari for Bosh. This is a win-win situation. The Raptors would get a centre and swing. The Knicks would get a superstar in Bosh, which increases their chances at signing LeBron James or Dwyane Wade.

For many reasons, Toronto won’t do Bosh for Bynum. At least, not now. And not straight-up.

The Lakers should also have reservations about such a proposal. Consider that Bynum is 22 years old, a potential All-Star and, despite ups-and downs, is inked through 2012-13, while Bosh, who will surely test free agency in July, could walk at season’s end as an unrestricted free agent.

And trading a secured asset for a player in the final year of his contract may be too great a gamble -even for an ultra-confident glamour club like Los Angeles.

At 7-1 and 285 pounds, Bynum is the rarest of commodities: a big, back-to-the-basket five-man. With his combination of size and skill, the New Jersey native gives the purple-and-gold an edge over most contenders down the middle.          

Today, ESPN reported that Toronto and Los Angeles denied rumours of a deal. And this,  for the reasons mentioned, is far more credible than the conjecture and speculation coming out the New York Post.       

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