At ESPN.com, on their Saturday Dime, it says that the Warriors are expected to make another huge push at Chris Bosh:
There have been no firm indications yet about the Raptors' willingness to entertain trade offers for Chris Bosh this offseason, but plugged-in sources say it's a lock that the Warriors will try again to make a Bosh pitch at the next opportunity after the Raptors rebuffed every inquiry (including Golden State's) for the lefty Olympian before the Feb. 19 trading deadline….should the Raps decide that it's easier to try to start over rather than try again to assemble a team that's successful enough next season to convince Bosh to stay in Canada as opposed to leaving as a free agent in the summer of 2010.
So who should we give up Monta Ellis or Andris Biedrins? I know most of you are thinking, not this again but with Ellis’s return to prominence its worth looking at the argument again. Likely in the trade Toronto would like to shed the salaries of either Jason Kapono or Marcus Banks. Kapono is a better player with a slightly worse contract. To balance the rest of the deal, hopefully a package of Marco Belinelli, Corey Maggette, and either Anthony Randolph or Brandan Wright (we’ll have the debate again later) will work for both parties.
The Case to Keep Ellis
Ellis is back. Shooting at over a 50% clip and moving smoothly on the court. While it’s possible the ankle was bothering him when he first came back its more likely he was rusty and needed to work his way back into game shape. With an Ellis and Bosh tandem, we have the makings of a potential All Star combo. Ellis is never going to be that guy that can lead his team deep into the playoffs, but playing second banana to a perennial All Star might be his role on a contender. Bosh has played center for a good portion of the year, and it might not be necessary to keep Biedrins around. Biedrins is a steady player but by no means is he a star or have star potential like Ellis does. Traditional NBA logic will tell you the key to building a contender is having an inside/outside combination. With Jackson, Morrow, Turiaf, Azibuike, and either Wright or Randolph, this team might just be a role player or 2 from being a major factor in the west.
The Case to Keep Biedrins
Ellis is back. While we are all excited about that, let’s not forget the gaping holes in Monta Ellis’ game. Ellis will never be confused with Steve Nash in running a team’s offense. At this point there are concerns if Ellis can even masquerade as a point guard. His Ast/To ratio is horrid. His major second deficiency is defense. If anybody watched the San Antonio game on league pass, Sean Elliot was almost laughing at how easily Tony Parker was blowing by Ellis. Ellis doesn’t have the size to cover 2 guards so for Ellis to work on a contender; he would almost have to be paired up with a bigger point guard or an off guard who can share the point guard duties. While in Biedrins we have a rare commodity, a center that rarely gets hurt, and can give you a solid 15-12 every night on the floor with one of the league’s highest field goal %. With Biedrins, Bosh, Turiaf, and either Wright or Randolph we would have one of the most dominating front courts for years to come. Wing men are easier to find and replace in this league than centers. Since Ellis is not a point guard our best bet might be to look to free agency (Bay Area native Jason Kidd?) or the draft for a true point guard to run this team.