Given that the current rumor that is circulating through NBA circles actually stems from the Chicago Sun-Times, I’ll go on record saying that we should take it all with a grain of salt. But, since we’re all suckers for the latest buzz…
The Amare Stoudemire trade talk still has the Bulls among the teams most involved, but a new scenario making the rounds has the Bulls taking part in a three-team deal that would bring Toronto Raptors star Chris Bosh to Chicago.
The rumored swap would send Stoudemire to Toronto and land the Phoenix Suns a package of players and draft picks from the Bulls, likely to include Drew Gooden and his expiring $7.2 million contract, Tyrus Thomas and a first-round pick.
So, using the same package that was once rumored to be heading to Phoenix for Stoudemire without the use of a third team, the Sun-Times believes that they can actually upgrade their returns by landing Chris Bosh. Danny Ferry may be on record saying that he appears to be standing pat with the trade deadline looming, but what the Sun-Times article fails to mention is that Amare holds the keys to this ride. He wants to win a championship. If traded, he would land on a contender. I would love to hear how heading to Toronto, with Chris Bosh no longer there, would be a better means to achieve this goal.
And to quickly compare assets, the only thing that I see (with an admittedly biased eye) above that Chicago has more than the Cavaliers is the placement of that first-round draft pick. The rumored deal with the Cavs has JJ Hickson and Wally Szczerbiak’s expiring contract. Isn’t Wally’s expiring deal of $13 million more valuable than Drew Gooden’s $7 million? At this stage, could we say that Hickson’s upside is at least that of Tyrus Thomas – who has already been in the league for a handful of seasons and has shown nothing short of inconsistency? Just saying…
I know that Bosh rumors have been around for a few weeks now, saying that he plans on skipping town. And he just may. But I highly doubt that he gets moved to Chicago. At least in the deal listed above, anyway.
(Update: Steve Kerr suggests that Amare may be staying put.)
Bosh rumor gains steam [Brian Hanley/Chicago Sun-Times]