No, because they knew about this in February. The Raptors and
Lakers had the parameters of a deal in place for a Bosh for Bynum deal.
LA eventually pulled out because they were unsure how the addition of
Bosh would affect chemistry mid-season and they were concerned that
Bosh could bolt via free agency in the summer. Both concerns should go
away this summer and the two teams agreed to revisit talks after the
playoffs ended. They are in a very good position to land Bosh if that's
where he wants to play. It's the Raptors first choice among the
sign-and-trade options available to them.
He also says he hears Chicago lands LeBron from his sources while discussing the Knicks pitch:
I've been skeptical for months that he'd go to the Knicks. I
think the Bulls have more talent to work with and I thought Miami could
also be a great destination. But I have to say, I was pretty intrigued
when I heard the full pitch. All of my sources that I have say they
believe he's heading to Chicago ... but the truth is no one really
At first glance, Bosh to LA sounds pretty bad right?
However, it's an interesting domino to fall, because it forces Wade or LeBron to come Chicago or continue to play without the second star.
Now the FAs left are Boozer, Johnson, Amare, Wade, and LeBron. Assume Wade/LeBron don't want to play together which seems to match the rumors as we haven't seen the two pair up in any rumors yet really.
Now, one of them can play with Amare perhaps which matches the rumor of Amare landing in Miami with Wade.
That leaves New York's best offering with LeBron talentwise as Carlos Boozer which isn't going to get it done because while Boozer, LeBron, and a bunch of scrubs is still decent, it's a long way from a title team.
Cleveland still is well short.
That brings in Chicago as the team with the most pieces left, and the possibility of adding Boozer with LeBron in a S&T somehow. If Amare pairs up with LeBron in NY, then that leaves Wade having to decide if Boozer coming to Miami is enough to make him happy, again, it's probably so far short of what he needs that it's not.
That would lead to Wade coming back home to Chicago.
While Bosh to LA isn't good news, it's not necessarily bad news, at least not as bad as you'd think. The odds are very high that it pushes either Wade or LeBron to Chicago if they want to win. The only scenario that makes sense to me where the Bulls don't get one of the two is if LeBron/Bosh pair up in NY and Wade/Amare in Miami. Either Amare resigning or Bosh going to LA means someone's left without an elite partner in those cities and going to look for a new destination.