Raptors GM Colangelo Admits Chris Bosh Is Likely Gone
It isn't only fans and analysts making this prediction. In fact, Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo admitted as much in a recent radio interview, when he said it's not really a matter of if Bosh goes, but more a question of how in terms of what the Raptors will get in return, if anything at all.
"I think it's likely that he will leave," Colangelo told Prime Time Sports on the Fan 590. "The question is will he put us in a position to benefit from the sign and trade scenario that can net him the most money and us something coming back."
To anyone following the Bosh situation in Toronto, this really shouldn't come as much of a surprise.
Bosh put up career-best averages of 24 points and 10.8 rebounds per game last season, and also shot 51.8 percent from the field -- another career high. He did all of this on a team that was (by far) the worst in the league defensively, and as a result -- despite Bosh's best efforts -- Toronto finished two games below .500, and managed to somehow miss the postseason in the dreadfully watered-down Eastern Conference.
Add in the fact that the Hedo Turkoglu free agent signing was a complete disaster, and at times Raptors' head coach Jay Triano didn't really seem to have a strong command of the ship, and it's no wonder Bosh is looking to go anywhere else next season, as long as it isn't back with the underachieving Raptors.
Toronto simply has to push for the sign-and-trade route where Bosh is concerned, so the team at least gets some pieces in return for a parting All-Star. Cap space won't do them any good, because no one is looking to sign with a Raptors team that appears to be as far from winning as the city seems to be from United States soil -- at least to most young players.
With the July 1 free agency period just a few days away, we won't have to wait very long to see where Bosh might end up. But it's always fun to throw out the latest rumors, and those (from the same story) have Bosh and LeBron heading to Miami to join forces with Dwyane Wade.
I've maintained for some time that LeBron and Wade teaming up makes the most sense, if those guys are truly interested in contending for titles for the rest of their careers. Adding a legitimate 20-10 big man like Bosh to the mix would only solidify things further, and a team with three All-Stars -- two of them being among the top three players in the game today -- would likely stroll to the Finals for the foreseeable future, especially in the Eastern Conference.