It seems no one in the Raptors organization really wants Chris Bosh to depart for greener pastures this summer. And it seems Chris Bosh loves Toronto, the fans, and the Raptors organization.
But it also seems inevitable that Bosh will be gone by the start of next season, and that Chris Bosh and Bryan Colangelo have a tacit agreement to get the Raptors’ All-Star to a team he believes can compete for a championship by way of a sign-and-trade.
And the young businessman, who has made it clear that he doesn’t burn his bridges, is highly motivated to work with his current team. The Toronto Raptors can offer 2.5-percent higher annual raises and a sixth year to his next contract that his other suitors cannot. Not working with the Raptors could cost the young star upwards of $30 million.
Almost every team in the NBA would like to get their hands on a 26-year-old, five-time All-Star who is coming off his career best season statistically. There is no other power forward in the NBA who can claim 24 points, 10.8 rebounds, and 1.0 blocks this past season. Actually, only two other players at any position managed better than 20 points and 10 rebounds in 2009-10.
Plus, Bosh isn’t just a contract-year anomaly. Bosh has averaged 22.8 points and 9.9 boards during the past five seasons. Teams are willing to pay to attract talent at this level. Pay in dollars, and pay in talent.
It is possible that all of the other 29 NBA teams put offers on the table to attract the services of Chris Bosh. But not all of them will and not all of them should.
However, some teams have bet their immediate futures on attracting an All-Star free agent to their team for the 2010-11 season, and others will simply see this as an opportunity to lock up one of the league’s stars for the next six years.
But which NBA team has something to offer that could possibly make Raptors fans forget they just lost their franchise player and look forward to next season themselves?
Here is a look at 10 possibilities that might help.