Roundtable: Trade Pressure Builds (Bosh content)
Old 02-16-2010, 12:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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2. The Raptors, who are 18-6 since an 11-17 start, appear set to keep potential free agent Chris Bosh instead of dealing him at the deadline. What do you make of their decision?

Thomsen: Why move him now? Bosh hasn't asked to be traded and he hasn't told the Raptors he'll be leaving this summer, so there is no reason (yet) for Toronto to deal its best player. The Raptors have a better chance of retaining Bosh than advertised because they can offer him more money than any other team, and their franchise is clearly built around him as the top player. They give themselves a chance at reaching the second round if they're able to hold onto the No. 5 seed in the East, which could further their hopes of retaining Bosh.

Hughes: It would seem that the Chris Bosh situation is the same as the Stoudemire situation. But for some reason I view them differently, and I think Bryan Colangelo should try to hang onto Bosh for now and see how it plays out. Toronto has a favorable second-half schedule, and. Maybe. continuing their winning ways and finding some success in the postseason would be enough to convince Bosh to stick around. Perhaps that is naive and taking a Pollyanna view.

Mannix: It's a risk -- a big risk -- because Bosh isn't about to give his current employers any assurances he is going to re-sign before he tests the free-agent market. But the fact that Toronto has rebounded from a putrid start to shove themselves into the middle of the Eastern Conference playoff mix effectively tied Colangelo's hands. Still, no exec I have talked to believe Colangelo -- a two-time Executive of the Year -- will allow Bosh to leave for nothing after the season. Should Bosh tell him he's not coming back, Toronto will work out some kind of sign-and-trade that will give them as much, if not more, than they would get for Bosh at the trade deadline.

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Old 02-16-2010, 02:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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All three perceptions place Toronto in a good position, regardless of whether or not CB will be in a Raps uniform next season. It's true, it would make absolutely no sense for Colangelo to trade Bosh now. In actuality, it would likely place him in a position to gain less than in the offseason, as he would have less time to work something out that's favourable over the next few days.
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Old 02-16-2010, 03:48 PM   #3 (permalink)
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i think that Bosh will resign, or worst case scenario, he'll be s&t-ed, from his perspective he wants the extra year on his contract, and the extra 10% yearly raises. so one way or the other, the Raptors will get something and not nothing. still, i am not saying that Bosh wants to or that he will leave, personally i think that he will stay and that eventually we will win a championship by 2020.
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