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Old 08-04-2008, 02:06 PM   #35 (permalink)
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Here's more talk about Bosh to Orlando from RealGM. The main reason they have for Bosh going to ORL would be that he is friends with Dwight, which really isn't much of a reason so I don't think its likely to happen. Its flattering that these guys are dreaming about getting Bosh tho.

Link here: http://magic.realgm.com/articles/66/...lando_in_2012/

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Bosh To Orlando In 2010? Several days ago, the Chicago Sun-Times' Jay Mariotti wrote an article that listed possible destinations for the free agency class' top stars. He reports that in 2010, "[Chris] Bosh will flee Toronto and look at Orlando and Western Conference teams."

While brief, that statement got me thinking. Why wouldn't Bosh want to come play for the Magic?

With Dwight Howard, Rashard Lewis, Jameer Nelson, Mickael Pietrus, and Courtney Lee being the only players locked up through the 2010-2011 season, the Magic could afford the big man.

Combined, Orlando's total committed salary sits at $49,990,263. Compare this to Boston's cap numbers last season ($78,019,509) and you can see that anything is possible. (Sorry KG, I had to.)

Now let's take a look at some other things that could factor into Bosh's decision.

First of all, it is well known that he and Dwight Howard have been close friends ever since they bonded while playing for Team USA in 2006.

"After we talked I saw he was a lighthearted guy, he loves joking, and he just plays hard on the court. He's my good friend," said Bosh.

Upon securing the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference as well as a playoff matchup against Howard and the Magic last year, Bosh joked that he would "tell [Dwight] I'm really excited to be coming down there, and to open up his home, let me visit."

But this isn't just about two friends having fun together. Both players know that their skill sets complement one another perfectly.

Chris Bosh is a finesse player with a silky smooth jump shot and an arsenal of offensive moves. Dwight Howard is an athletic freak who relies on his power and physical gifts to force the ball through the basket.

Bosh is a long and lanky forward who can hit circus shots while drawing fouls. Howard is a ripped, powerful center for whom defenses have no answer other than to foul him or try their best not to let him get position in the paint (which is much easier said than done).

Put these two in the same front court and the opposition is going to have problems.

In the playoff matchup between Toronto and Orlando, Howard single handedly won games for the Magic (he averaged 23 PPG, 18.2 RPG, and 3.8 BPG throughout the series) while Bosh's efforts (an impressive 24 PPG, 9 RPG, 3.6 APG during the five games) kept his team close to Orlando.

Not to mention Orlando will still have Rashard Lewis spreading the floor and scoring at will from the wing position. We've seen some pretty talented trios in the NBA recently but Howard, Bosh, and Lewis may take the cake.

Just in case Orlando's potential, playing with his buddy Dwight, and the good weather we have here in Florida aren't enough to entice the young star, there's more.

He can make more money playing for the Magic because the state of Florida has no state income taxes. So if he gets an offer from another team that looks of equal value, keep in mind he'll still be making more if he's donning blue and silver.

Another thing that will help Orlando in their push for Bosh is that Dallas (the forward's hometown) won't have the money in 2010 to pursue a big name free agent of Bosh's stature.

As of right now, they have $65,527,724 committed amongst six players. In comparison, Orlando's total salary for this upcoming season will be $66,576,798 split amongst 12 players. Basically, the Mavericks will barely have the money to fill out their roster, let alone splurge on an up and coming star.

The Magic seem to have all of the ingredients necessary to lure Bosh to "The Happiest Place on Earth." Cap space, good weather, Dwight's begging, no income tax, and little competition from Chris' hometown team could all play a role in Bosh bolting from Toronto to the Sunshine State.

While the 2010 offseason is still 23 months away, Magic fans will surely be waiting in anticipation to see whether or not these two good friends will someday form a spectacular one-two punch that would instantly turn Orlando into a championship contender.
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