NBA Free Agents: Thanks Chris Bosh, But Toronto Raptors Will Keep Self Respect

Sachin AroraCorrespondent IJuly 4, 2010

ATLANTA - DECEMBER 02:  Al Horford #15 of the Atlanta Hawks defends against Chris Bosh #4 of the Toronto Raptors at Philips Arena on December 2, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Chris Bosh has been the face of the Raptors franchise for 7 years now. Bosh always came to play, never complained and played his hardest. He made Raptors basketball entertaining to watch at the least. I will always remember him, and I would like to thank him for his work in Toronto. 

But Toronto has also made him the player he is today. And with all this free agency hoopla, Bosh has never mentioned the fact of re-signing with his former team. It would be a common courtesy to at least give the team some hope after all they have done for you, no? I guess not Bosh.

So, Bosh now expects us to give him a max contract and trade him for, basically junk. Are you kidding me?

Why would we want Luol Deng again? I don't think Luol Deng is worth going over the cap for. Michael Beasley? No thanks.

Bryan Colangelo is staying strong saying that a sign and trade isn't happening unless it's something that will actually help the Raptors.

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Would it really make sense to take on all that salary in giving Bosh a max deal just to get a decent role player in return? I don't think so.

Mr. Colangelo is being very smart and conservative in his approach with this whole hoopla. He's saying, we'll sign and trade you if we get a good offer, or we'll let you walk. Or, of course we'll re-sign you, but at this point, it doesn't seem very likely at all.

Toronto isn't going to get pushed around by anyone. Sure, they may be losing their best player, but they aren't going to give in to him AND lose him at the same time.

The Raptors have prepared pretty well without Bosh, in re-signing Amir Johnson and drafting Ed Davis. If Bosh really wants to re-sign, the Raptors will take him back with open arms, but a sign and trade for Michael Beasley? Not so much.

It's just not happening. Sorry Bosh.

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