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Chris Bosh Could Bolt for Orlando in 2010?

aSenior Analyst IAugust 2, 2008

Which New York borough is LeBron's favorite? Will he sign with the Nets because of Jay-Z? Will he be tempted to flee to Europe if Olympiakos make a big enough offer?

While most of the talk regarding the NBA's 2010 free agent class has been around King James and where he will choose to settle his throne, there are other stars who could be switching cities as well. One of those stars is Toronto Raptors' forward Chris Bosh.

Several days ago, the Chicago Sun-Times' Jay Mariotti wrote an article that listed possible destinations for the free agency class' top stars. He reports that in 2010, "[Chris] Bosh will flee Toronto and look at Orlando and Western Conference teams."

While brief, that statement got me thinking. Why wouldn't Bosh want to come play for the Magic?

With Dwight Howard, Rashard Lewis, Jameer Nelson, Mickael Pietrus, and Courtney Lee being the only players locked up through the 2010-2011 season, the Magic could afford the big man.

Combined, Orlando's total committed salary sits at $49,990,263. Compare this to Boston's cap numbers last season ($78,019,509) and you can see that anything is possible. (Sorry KG, I had to.)

Now let's take a look at some other things that could factor into Bosh's decision.

First of all, it is well known that he and Dwight Howard have been close friends ever since they bonded while playing for Team USA in 2002.

"After we talked I saw he was a lighthearted guy, he loves joking, and he just plays hard on the court. He's my good friend," said Bosh.

Upon securing the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference as well as a playoff matchup against Howard and the Magic last year, Bosh joked that he would "tell [Dwight] I'm really excited to be coming down there, and to open up his home, let me visit." 

But this isn't just about two friends having fun together. Both players know that their skill sets complement one another perfectly.

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