A trade rumor I could get behind

Tab Bamford of the Bleacher Report believes that Toronto’s trade with the Philadelphia 76ers — a straight-up swap of sharp-shooter Jason Kapono for the rebound-nabbing (and testicle-grabbing) Reggie Evans — could be a harbinger of an even bigger trade involving the Raptors.

As Bamford explains: “The Bulls have a lot of options that might look good to Toronto. They have two first round draft picks in this summer’s NBA draft and have a couple of young bigs in Joakim Noah and Tyrus Thomas that might be part of a package with a signed-and-traded [Ben] Gordon. In Bosh, the Bulls undoubtedly see an athletic power forward that can score and rebound and get up and down the floor with this season’s Rookie of the Year, point guard Derrick Rose. … In Gordon, the Raptors would bring in a scorer to a team that lacked that last season. … The Raptors would then have an athletic nucleus of Shawn Marion, Calderon, Gordon, and Andrea Bargnani, with the prospect of adding as many as three players to that group in this year’s draft. The Raptors currently hold the ninth overall selection; the Bulls have the 16th and 26th selections.”

I have to admit, it makes a crazy kind of sense. I mean, Bosh refused to sign a contract extension with the Raptors this summer with the intent of hitting the free agent market next summer…so he’s probably not long for Toronto. The Bulls need a big man who can score. They need it bad. Would I be bummed to give up Gordon and maybe Ty Thomas? Yeah. But I’d do it in a heartbeat. A starting lineup of Rose, John Salmons, Luol Deng, Chris Bosh and Joakim Noah with Kirk Hinrich, Brad Miller and Players To Be Named Later coming off the bench would give me a serious case of the cold chills.

At this point, it’s a little bit like dreaming about winning the lottery. After all, I’m sure several teams are inquiring about Bosh, and it may end up that the Raptors try to do everything in their power to keep him. But he’d be a pretty sweet fit in Chicago.

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24 Responses to A trade rumor I could get behind

  1. aja-ala@yahoo.com'
    marcus June 10, 2009 at 11:14 pm #

    LOL, Kirk ( what impact players (Pierce? lol) can he guard in the east?) Hinrich, Brad Miller giving me chills from off the bench? Lmao. You Serious?

  2. andre.moskowitz@gmail.com'
    Andre June 11, 2009 at 12:16 am #

    Plus, Bosh already thinks Chicago is a city full of really nice people. (around the 5:20 mark) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vnt2M4BgsGQ&feature=related

  3. usmcroc22@msn.com'
    rocky June 11, 2009 at 5:04 am #

    I’m down for that trade. Then we can turn around and trade Hinrich to Minnesota for the 18th and 28th pick of the draft.

    Draft BJ Mullens
    Draft Darren Collison

  4. gal.dagon@gmail.com'
    Czernobog June 11, 2009 at 10:30 am #

    Speaking as a Raptors fan – Do not want. And I may be delusional, but I’m not entirely sure Bosh is gone next summer, if the team can turn it around. And between the new coaching staff, the Evans Trade, and the draft I think they can.

  5. bscholtens@hotmail.com'
    Brad S. June 11, 2009 at 2:58 pm #

    To My Esteemed Colleague “Czernobog”:

    Let me first say that I love your positive mental attitude. I hope you will forgive me if I announce the thunderstorms that are ‘a comming to rain on your sunny day.

    There is a big, gaping hole in your theory: mainly that this is not HOCKEY. I live in Michigan and do a decent amount of business with companies from the greater Toronto area. Hell, I even know Anthony Parker personally; we went to high school together and performed together in theater class. Because of this I follow the Raptors closely, and I inquire about them with all the Toronto-ians I talk with. (Torontonians? Torontoes? Lets just settle on Maple Leaf Fans, shall we?) Anyway, none of them seem very interested in what the Raptors are doing. Oh, I’m sure that you have some hard-core fans over there, but the general level of interest seems pretty low. My guess is because basketball season coincides almost preciseley with hockey season. …And as my wife always tells me: a person cannot have two greatest loves (Sorry hon, Selma Hayek still wins).

    As a result Mr. Bosh will never make (much less keep) the money and the fame that he would garner elsewhere. And neither will any other good free agent in the NBA, which is why team building in Toronto has been so difficult. The organization is handicapped every year due to the fact that most of the players just don’t want to live/work there. The Raps get lucky in the draft every so often and get a bona-fide star, but then they only have a few years to draft or trade and try to put a team around that star before his contract is up. …Then they start over again. It is an uphill battle for them and it makes what they have accomplished the last few years even more impressive. It’s kind-of endearing realy, but unfortunately, it’s also pretty futile. (Don’t worry Chicago has that too. We call them Cub Fans!)

    Bosh may not go to Chicago, but if he doesn’t leave Toronto, then Mr. Bosh’s agent is not doing his job.

  6. sguldin3@gmail.com'
    Scott G. June 11, 2009 at 3:14 pm #

    I like this trade. It makes sense and would seem to benefit both teams, if Toronto could get past the idea of trading a star for a couple of mere luminaries. For this reason, and because Johnny “Super-Glued My Trigger Finger to My Pants” Pax still calls the shots, I doubt it will happen. One can hope, though, right?

  7. jordan June 11, 2009 at 3:32 pm #

    this trade if it was to happen would make us championship contenders just think about it

    a starting lineup of
    pg derrick rose
    sg john salmons
    sf luol deng
    pf chris bosh
    c joakim noah

    bench, kirk hinrich,brad miller and the draft picks i think we should draft

    terrance willams from louisville and some body like luke harangody or tyler hansbrough with the 26th pick

  8. errisal@hotmail.com'
    Derrick June 11, 2009 at 11:24 pm #

    The Bulls can trade for Kobe and KG and still won’t satisfy me. I won’t be satisfied until that woman Luol Deng is shipped to the Sky where he belongs. Seriously, I would do everything possible to trade Deng and trade for Bosh, along with signing Gordon. A team with Gordon and Bush minus lady Lu would definitely start to make some real noise.

  9. Tyler June 12, 2009 at 2:55 am #

    That would be dumb you keep tyrus and goron your giving up way too much bosh isnt that good!! hes no dwight howard, now if were getting howard then yea do it but tyrus is too good!! and only getting better!!, if I was the bulls you sign gordon you trade hinrich to the timberwolves for the 5th pick of the draft!!! you drafft derozen with the #5 pick, Mullens with the #16 and Jodie Meeks witht he #26th pick of the draft
    Pg Derek ROse
    SG Derozen
    SF Luol dang
    PF TYrus thomas
    C noah
    BEN Solmons
    BEN brad miller
    BEN Bj mullens
    BEN jodie meeks
    BEN ben gordon
    Ben tim thomas
    ben Demarcus Nelson
    NOw that DANGEROUS can you say NBA FINALS!!!

    FOrget BOSH!! if you do get bosh trade the 5th pick you got for hinerich and maybe brad miller so they would get the #5 pick and BRad miller,, that way we open up cap space and have a dynamit team

    pg derek rose
    sg ben gordon
    sf Luol deng
    pf tyrus Thomas
    c chris bosh

  10. Anonymous June 12, 2009 at 6:08 am #

    If you guys don’t like that trade, how about doing this one: Sign and Trade Ben Gordon for Carlos Boozer. This would be an excellent trade for both teams. Boozer would give the Bulls what they need and Gordon would the Jazz what they need. New Depth Charts for both teams:
    PG: Derrick Rose, Kirk Hinrich
    SG: John Salmons, ?
    SF: Luol Deng, Tim Thomas
    PF: Carlos Boozer, Tyrus Thomas
    C: Joakim Noah, Brad Miller

    PG: Deron Williams, Ronnie Price
    SG: Ben Gordon, C.J. Miles
    SF: Ronnie Brewer, Matt Harpring
    PF: Andrei Kirilenko, Paul Millsap
    C: Mehmet Okur, Kosta Koufos

  11. jordan June 12, 2009 at 12:59 pm #

    tyler/ chris bosh at center what does he way 220 watch when we play the suns and bosh is at center shaq is going to man handle him

    and plus joakim noah is better than tyrus thomas to me

  12. David G June 13, 2009 at 12:42 am #

    i feel that bosh is really overrated. way too soft. i wish we could just keep developing our team, without gordon, and then have a sexy looking team for a superstar to join in 2010.

  13. Anonymous June 13, 2009 at 2:44 pm #


  14. jalendiaz@yahoo.com'
    jalen diaz June 13, 2009 at 7:36 pm #

    first of all all u people is stupid the team needs to focus on getting better and working togheter look at tyrus hes already getting better u trade him ur going to regret it u trade gordon ur going to regret it to ben is to valuable

  15. ajayakar@butler.edu'
    Adithya June 14, 2009 at 9:06 pm #

    To the comment dissing Hinrich and Miller. Are you joking me? Hinrich is the best perimeter defender on the Bulls and has shown that he is up to the challange of guarding impact players who are bigger than he is and he does it very well. Also he is the captain and leader of the Bulls, Hinrich coming back from the thumb injury was one of the big reasons that the Bulls turned it around during the second half of the season.

    Miller was also very important for the bulls and helped Noah and Tyrus turn the corner and both are developing into great players.

    Miller and Hinrich coming off the bench helped the Bulls in the playoffs and during the regular season, they are two leaders on this team and they were willing to come off the bench and help end the selfishness that was plaguing the Bulls.

    I would part with Gordon and Deng. Deng is overpayed for what he brings and Gordon wants way to much money for what he brings to the table. Ship Gordon and Deng to Toronto for Bosh and some other players to work salaries out. Then ship Tyrus (even though he is improving alot, Bosh is not going to help him improve all he will do is take a cut in minutes) and Tim Thomas to Golden State for their draft pick and some players to fill out the bench.

  16. tl9872213@gmail.com'
    James Steez June 14, 2009 at 9:48 pm #

    Kirk would be 6th man of the year, he’s the perfect bench player, filling 2, and sometimes 3 different positions. That makes kirk CHILLY. Bmiller, the old vet still can put up 14-8 a night. Drose with Bosh, Amare, Dwade, Kobe (if phil leaves, kobe goes to where he has wanted to play for 3 years next to Rose and STILL make this trade?! Rose, Kobe, Salmons, Bosh, Noah with Kirk, Miller and Deng off the bench…i just got frost bite

  17. felipeagarcia87@hotmail.com'
    Felipe Garcia June 15, 2009 at 12:00 am #

    I think the Bulls have a pretty good roster with the players they have already. All they are really missing is a good power forward All-Star player like Chris Bosh. I think adding Bosh to the Bulls roster will make them a way better team because he is still young, he can play at both ends on the floor and give you that presents of leadership. I think that in order to pull off the deal for Bosh, the Bulls have to give up a little more like: SG Ben Gordan (by signing him to deal), PF Tyrus Thomas, C Aaron Gray and the bulls 1st round two draft picks (16 & 26) to the Toronto Raptors in order to get Chris Bosh for sure. I know it’s lot, but at the end it is well worth it the deal.

  18. bdelasa@gmail.com'
    Brian June 15, 2009 at 3:24 am #

    The most sensible would be Boozer for Gordon, but I don’t think that would work out as well as people think. If were going to progress in the playoffs, we need RELIABLE fire-throwing 3 point shooters.

  19. Spagett June 15, 2009 at 6:36 pm #

    Bulls need to get rid of Luol Deng. He’s terrible and has no passion for the game…

    I also like Gordon, but he’s a 6-2 SG and you just can’t have a 3-4 inch height mismatch every game.

    Bulls need to keep Rose, Noah, Thomas, and Salmons…they are the future.

  20. mbatkiewicz@yahoo.com'
    Mike June 16, 2009 at 10:32 pm #

    Speaking as a Bulls fan, great trade for the bulls, Horrible trade for the raps

  21. mbatkiewicz@yahoo.com'
    Mike June 16, 2009 at 10:36 pm #

    P.S. Ben Gordon sucks

  22. jordan June 16, 2009 at 11:07 pm #

    im ready for 2010 for we can try to go after wade and then have the most dominate backcourt in the leauge then we can try to get bosh then if we can sign both in 2010

    we would have a starting lineup of
    pg derrick rose
    sg dwayne wade
    sf john salmons
    pf chris bosh
    c joakim noah

    bench of kirk hinrich,tyrus thomas, our draft picks this year and next year,then trade deng for some good bench players let brad miller go and bam championship

  23. tye123@yahoo.cn'
    uggs December 13, 2009 at 6:40 am #

    I also like Gordon, but he’s a 6-2 SG and you just can’t have a 3-4 inch height mismatch every game.


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