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It's Official - Raptors Sign-and-Trade Chris Bosh to Heat

Well, after lots of back and forth she's a done deal. The Raps have moved their all-time scoring leader to the Heat in exchange for a trade exception and picks, the details of which are discussed below in the press release sent to us from the team: The Toronto Raptors announced Friday they have acquired two first-round draft picks and a trade exception from the Miami Heat in exchange for forward Chris Bosh. The Raptors facilitated a sign-and-trade with Bosh. "We all just witnessed an unprecedented moment in professional sports as these three young stars have joined forces in an attempt to completely transform this league. We are certainly sorry to see Chris leave, but we are planning to use these acquired assets to retool our roster and evolve as an organization," said Raptors President and General Manager Bryan Colangelo. The Raptors reacquired their own 2011 first-round pick originally sent to the Heat on February 13, 2009 (trade of Jermaine O’Neal and Jamario Moon for Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks) and Miami’s 2011 first-round draft choice (lottery protected). Bosh was selected fourth overall by Toronto in the 2003 NBA Draft. He has career averages of 20.2 points, 9.4 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 37.0 minutes in 509 games, including 497 starts. He is the all-time franchise leader in points (10,275), total rebounds (4,776), offensive rebounds (1,369), defensive rebounds (3,407), free throws made (2,997), blocks (600), minutes (19,813), games started (497) and double-doubles (239). We'll have a full discussion on this Saturday morning but needless to say it's a sigh of relief for many Raptors' fans late this Friday evening. As well, the Bryan Colangelo released a letter to fans, one that can be read by clicking here. It's not exactly earth-shattering, but the one piece that stood out to me was the phrase "...while more changes to the roster are possible, even likely..." Here's hoping so.

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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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Well there you have it - Wade, James and Bosh together in Miami. Not really sure what to think about this but when he FINALLY made his announcement it made me ill. I can't imagine what Cleveland fans are thinking right now. In my opinion this is a horrible decision for the league and for Lebron. If these guys don't win AT LEAST 4 championships it's a failure and if they do very few will celebrate or think of it as an accomplishment. Lebron is also now a second banana. Think about that for a second. LEBRON JAMES is going to play second fiddle? That he made this decision voluntarily tells me all I need to know about Lebron James. This all seems like a major cop out. When you put this with the off-season for the Raps I couldn't be less excited for an NBA season.

Sign-and-Trade Option Still Available for Raptors via Four Team Deal?

Earlier this afternoon ESPN.com reported that a "four-team scenario" involving the Heat, Raptors, Bobcats and Rockets was in the works that would enable Miami to clear Michael Beasley's contract off their books to make room possibly for LeBron James in addition to Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. The basics of the trade are as follows: -Charlotte would receive Beasley and Rockets forward Jared Jeffries -Houston would land Bobcats' center Tyson Chandler -Miami would create sufficient cap space to offer max-deals to Wade, Bosh and James. For Toronto, allowing Bosh to sign his six-year max deal under this scenario would also allow the Raptors to grab a lucrative trade exception and probably a first-round pick or two in the process, and therefore not simply lose Bosh without any compensation. It would also allow something that this team sorely needs, a way to add substantial talent considering Bryan Colangelo this afternoon at Amir Johnson's press conference made it clear that he doesn't wish to dynamite things and start from scratch. I've held off posting this for a few hours, hoping there would be some updates forthcoming as to logistics but no go at this time. However we'll continue to monitor this situation this evening as post-LeBron's announcement, it's quite possible that a number of dominos will start to fall.

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