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Is a Sign-and-Trade On the Way?

Perhaps there's a silver lining in the Bosh situation after all. According to reports from the Sun Sentinel's Ira Winderman, the Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors are closing in on a sign-and-trade scenario that would see Chris Bosh sign a maximum contract witht the Raptors, and then be traded to Miami in exchange for a package of draft picks from the Heat as well as a $15M trade exception. For someone who's been quite critical of Bryan Colangelo's handling of the situation, this is music to my ears. Such a trade would allow Toronto to grab help immediately (via the trade exception) as well as down the road (via the picks), two key elements in any future planning. The most interesting thing about all of this to me is that from Winderman's report, it sounds like both Bosh and Wade will take max deals, while LeBron James will settle for a five-year contract with the right to opt out after four seasons. Somehow, the great King James has turned into the ultimate Duke of Earl. And therefore in a bizarre twist of fate, Cleveland's loss, may end up being Toronto's gain as without James' decision to head to Miami, perhaps the Heat never agree to any such offer. We still have to see things confirmed for sure, but as of now this is the best news Raptors' fans have heard in a while.

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