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.