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Old 08-07-2009, 03:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Nobody can say Bryan Colangelo doesn’t keep his word.

Following a disappointing 2008-09 season, Toronto’s GM and president promised changes. The two-time Executive of the Year wanted to inject toughness, depth, and athleticism into a line-up that was often bullied and outworked.

Kris Humphries, Nathan Juwai, Jason Kapono, Shawn Marion, and Anthony Parker were traded or not retained, while Marco Belinelli, Demar DeRozan, Reggie Evans, Jarret Jack, Hedo Turkoglu, and Antoine Wright were acquired.

These changes will produce the desired effect; the Raptors are much improved. One key question remains unanswered: what about Chris Bosh?

Of course, the All-Star holds an option on his contract and can become an unrestricted free agent next summer. And Bosh has publicly stated he will exercise this clause and test the open market.

This leaves Toronto exposed. They could lose their top player for nothing. Worst of all, Bosh would be the latest American star to leave the Canadian club at the alter. Colangelo and the Raptors better realize now is the time to trade their four-man.

The new faces won’t miss a teammate they never had. Without Bosh, Turkoglu becomes the first option and a fresh chemistry can develop. Jack, who signed with Toronto partly because of his friendship with Bosh, could get upset about a move, but he has 20 million reasons to get over it.

A familiar face will play the greatest role in any trade. Andrea Bargnani, like Bosh, is a natural power forward. Minutes weren’t an issue when the Italian was struggling, but last year he found his groove filling in for and then replacing Jermaine O’Neal at centre.

Bargnani’s growth wasn’t unnoticed by the organization, who over the summer rewarded him with a five-year, $50 million extension. Remember, Colangelo picked the sharp-shooting big first overall, so he’ll give the poster boy for his Euro experiment every opportunity to succeed.

The extension chatter will become a distraction. Contrary to what some think, Toronto is a basketball mad market with an intense media. Fans and journalists will rightfully carve, question, and interrogate Bosh about his future. Colangelo should consider cutting a deal before it becomes a full blown circus and compromises the year.

Credit the Raptors for making changes. But in Bosh, their greatest and most significant challenge remains unsolved.
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Old 08-07-2009, 03:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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And Bosh has publicly stated he will exercise this clause and test the open market.
Wait, what!?!?!? When was this?!?!
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Old 08-07-2009, 03:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
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today....... JOKES, i think i heard it before, but with all the changes i bet he's lookin to see what happens.... if he's smart... still thought, him and wade would be a fierce combo...

off topic, it doesn't look like Bosh gained any weight this summer as was said he was workin on... was he overtraining the ego ??
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Is it time for the Toronto Raptors to trade Chris Bosh?
How many times has that (or something like it) been a headline in the last 6-8 months?
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Let the trade scenarios flow. Actually, let's make it a draught.
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Wait, what!?!?!? When was this?!?!
i havent heard about this either can sum1 tell me if dis is true cuz if it is pray for da raps
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Old 08-07-2009, 03:57 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Lebron is doing the same thing isn't he? haha. what if Bosh bolts and then we somehow convinced Lebron? lol!
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Old 08-07-2009, 03:59 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Lebron is doing the same thing isn't he? haha. what if Bosh bolts and then we somehow convinced Lebron? lol!
in la la land it could happen but in da real world lets just pray we can retain Bosh or sumhow make a trade for amare dat would take the sting away of losing our franchise player
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This guy is right. Only this should have happened this past season, the longer Colangelo waits, the bigger chance it will be another tmac situation, and in the videos, Bosh looks as skinny as ever. He doesn't have the drive to gain weight/muscle. He is so hyped as it is, he doesn't figure that he needs to bulk up, and the ass kissing from management only makes it worse.
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This guy is right. Only this should have happened this past season, the longer Colangelo waits, the bigger chance it will be another tmac situation, and in the videos, Bosh looks as skinny as ever. He doesn't have the drive to gain weight/muscle. He is so hyped as it is, he doesn't figure that he needs to bulk up, and the ass kissing from management only makes it worse.
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Why would we honestly trade Bosh now, when we finally got him surround with good pieces. Makes no sense
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Why would we honestly trade Bosh now, when we finally got him surround with good pieces. Makes no sense

cuz if he pulls a Carter then were screwed i dont think ne 1 wants to go throught that again i think we could get a good center for him nd move bargz to pf
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cuz if he pulls a Carter then were screwed i dont think ne 1 wants to go throught that again i think we could get a good center for him nd move bargz to pf
This won't be a Carter situation. Everyone needs to calm down.
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Wait, what!?!?!? When was this?!?!
remember when he was at the horse racing thing....he said he is a max money player and he was going to be a free agent in 2010, because its been in his "plans"...kinda like signing the extension couple of years ago was in his "plan"....
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cuz if he pulls a Carter then were screwed i dont think ne 1 wants to go throught that again i think we could get a good center for him nd move bargz to pf
The difference between the Carter situation and Bosh has to be the GM, and the supporting cast.
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Is this article bad or what. All we did this summer was to try to convince Bosh to say, and he wants us to trade him ???? That makes zero sense.
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I previously wanted the raps to trade Bosh, cause I couldn't imagine the raps having any depth with him. But, Colangelo has surrounded him with some good pieces. If the Calderon, Bargnani and DeRozen make decent strides this year, and if the raps go over the tax threshold and pick up another solid piece next summer (allstar SG), then the raps have just as good a chance as anyone to win it all.

I think it's safe to wait until next summer to see what Bosh plans to do. And, he's going to want the max, so a S&T is the best option for all.
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Is this article bad or what. All we did this summer was to try to convince Bosh to say, and he wants us to trade him ???? That makes zero sense.
That's questionable. You can look at this summer from the prospective that this team can be good even without Bosh. Now we have enough talent and Bargs can play 4. We would need just a good C.
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