The Cavs, Raptors are interested in a sign-and-trade that would send Chris Bosh to Cleveland. (AP)
Speculation of a Cleveland sign-and-trade to acquire Chris Bosh is heating up. ESPN.com‘s Chris Broussard reported that the Raptors told the Cavs they would be interested in a deal and that LeBron is trying to convince Bosh to join him in Cleveland.
While the details of a potential trade haven’t been set, Cleveland would likely ship out Anderson Varejao and/or J.J. Hickson, Delonte West and maybe even Anthony Parker. A draft pick could be added to the mix, as well.
The biggest thing holding up the deal, though, is Bosh’s approval. Right now, says Broussard, Bosh “remains cold to the idea of playing in Cleveland,” even if it’s alongside the biggest name in the game and for a maximum six-year, $125 million deal. If Bosh were to join another team without a sign-and-trade, he’d only be eligible to receive a five-year deal worth $96 million.
There were earlier rumors of Bosh wanting to team up with LeBron or just Wade, but it was in Miami, Chicago or New Jersey. However, Toronto couldn’t do a sign-and-trade with Miami because the Heat have no players who interest the Raps, and a move to Chicago would likely require the Bulls giving up Joakim Noah. As for the Nets, a scenario to team up with Wade could work out if New Jersey sends over draft pick Derrick Favors.
In short, as Brian Windhorst made clear on Twitter this morning, “Cavs simply have more S-&-T assets than CHI, MIA & can also take a bad TOR contract. All depends on Bosh willingness.”
And if that plan fails, the Cavs have taken an interest to Mike Miller, who was planning on coming to Akron this week to work out with LeBron and Hornets point guard Chris Paul. He could be the Cavs’ main target if LeBron decides to stay.
Miller or Bosh … I think it’s clear which option the Cavs will push for. [ESPN, Windhorst via Twitter]