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Old 01-06-2012, 10:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Colangelo discusses trying to trade Bosh

“Even if there was an open market similar to what’s gone on with [Carmelo Anthony] last year and Chris Paul this year and Dwight Howard, [Chris Bosh is] not that caliber of player. It’s that simple. I never had an opportunity to move him for the kind of haul that some of these other deals are producing”

Bryan Colangelo to Gary Washburn, The Boston Globe
In a way we always knew. Watching Bosh only drag his team to the post-season in only two of his seven seasons in Toronto, you knew. Watching him struggle to make his teammates better, you knew. You saw the Olympic gold medals and All-Star appearances and you convinced yourself otherwise, but deep down, you knew: Chris Bosh is a second-class star. Unfortunately for Toronto, the rest of the league knew that, too, and that prevented them from capitalizing on his free agency.

That’s not to denigrate Bosh or the achievements he made in Toronto. He came to work every game, he threw his slender frame wherever his coach wanted him to throw it, and he worked every summer to improve his skill-set and bring something new to the table each subsequent season. At his best he may never have equalled Vince Carter in his prime, but over the course of seven years he gave everything he had to the organization, it’s just that what he had wasn’t enough to put him in the class of players that net their team’s huge crops of young assets and picks when he’s traded out of town.

That quote from Colangelo said even more than that, though. In order for him to know the limitations of Bosh’s trade market, he had to be scouring the league looking for a trade. He had to have been out there beating the bushes, seeing if anything transformative shook loose. Had he been faced with a package of assets similar to what Denver or New Orleans got, he’d have pounced on it. Like he said, he never had the opportunity for a haul like they got, because you have to imagine that if he had the opportunity, he’d have taken it.

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