01.10.10

Vecsey : Lakers Pursuing Bosh…

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…prior to next summerThe New York Post’s Peter Vecsey claims Los Angeles will make an offer for Toronto’s Chris Bosh prior to the February 18 trade deadline, despite a denial from Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo that Bosh is being dangled.

My source believes the Lakers will offer Andrew Bynum for Bosh (if they haven™t done so already) well before the deadline expires. In itself, the one-for-one swap is impossible to make. Bynum™s œbase year essentially allows L.A. to take back but half of his salary this year ($12.5M). Of course, that restriction is lifted when next year™s salary ($13.7M) activates come July 1, at which time a sign-and-trade transaction would be feasible.he possibility of such a deal makes sense to me. First of all, Bynum is a legit starting center for the defending champions. He also has three years left on his contract after this one.

As for the Raptors, despite the severe offseason roster renovation, they™re not giving any indication of being more than just a one-and-done playoff group this season and in the foreseeable future.

What™s Bosh™s motivation to stay? Clearly, management™s sense of urgency to protect its principal asset cannot be accentuated enough. If that™s impractical, the organization cannot afford to lose Bosh without receiving equitable compensation.

Kurt from Forum Blue & Gold is hardly ready to create a “Welcome To LA” banner, reminding us, “these are the defending NBA champions and they have the best record in basketball ” do you really blow that up midseason?”

To get Bosh at the trade deadline the Lakers would need to send Bynum, Morrison and Farmar ” that is a lot of talent to suddenly be missing mid season. Then you have to teach Bosh the triangle offense and see if he can play with Kobe and Gasol ” Bosh is a budding superstar, do you think he wants to be option number three?

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