2010 NBA Free Agency: The Chris Bosh Effect on LeBron James

May 24th, 2010 by David Glazer Leave a reply »
ESPN recently reported that Chris Bosh has given the Toronto Raptors a list of four teams that he would accept going to in a sign-and-trade—the New York Knicks, the Chicago Bulls, the Los Angeles Lakers, and the Miami Heat.

The other interesting part of the report was that Bosh apparently wants to see where LeBron James signs as a free agent.

First, the Raptors are going to want a big man in return, as losing Bosh dramatically depletes their front line. Second, only the Knicks can sign both Bosh and LeBron without using the sign-and-trade.

With that in mind, let's look at the possibilities for sign-and-trades with the caveat that LeBron takes the first max contract slot.

The Lakers have no free agency room, and Pau Gasol plays the same position. He can play center, but he prefers the same power forward slot as Bosh. So the Lakers are a fall-back team if he cannot go where LeBron signs.

Any trade would have to start with Andrew Bynum. If Bosh wants to play with LeBron, then this is not going to happen. But, it could if Bosh decides he'd rather play with Kobe Bryant.

The Miami Heat would have to start with ...

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