Bosh target of rumours

Are Chris Bosh and Jermaine O'Neal part of the future for the Raptors? (Sun Media/Jack Boland)

Are Chris Bosh and Jermaine O'Neal part of the future for the Raptors? (Sun Media/Jack Boland)

MIKE GANTER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:49 AM ET

Here is all you need to know about the latest Chris Bosh rumour.

ESPN's Stephen A. Smith stated on Sunday that Bosh already has informed Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo that he would not be re-signing after 2010 when he and a host of other NBA all-stars can become free agents.

Colangelo was understandably curious about this given no such conversation has taken place, a fact confirmed by Bosh yesterday. So Colangelo e-mailed Smith about his so-called information yesterday.

The only response he got was that Smith was sick with the flu and unable to respond to any e-mails.

While the average basketball fan can laugh off nonsense like this, Colangelo was not laughing yesterday.

You can see his tolerance for such rumour-mongering has long since reached its peak. In a post-practice talk, Colangelo was, at times, resigned to the fact that such misinformation was part of the business of running a professional sports franchise while at other times angered that this was in fact the case.

"Unfortunately, I guess there is an obligation to answer the question," Colangelo said. "There is no truth to the rumour or speculation that (Bosh) said anything to any of us in the organization, that he is going to be leaving. There is no truth to the fact that he is on the trading block or being shopped in any regard. It already has created a flood of phone calls from the media this morning and maybe even one or two teams that would probably be interested in doing something if I were to throw that out there.

"The point is this is just another example of information that is out there that is just not true. It's unfortunate. It's part of the business we deal with and there just doesn't seem to be a lot of accountability with respect to the topic sometimes and that's why we're here today talking about it."

Asked repeatedly if there was any scenario where he could see himself trading Bosh, Colangelo replied with a steady stream of "no."

"No, because Chris Bosh is the cornerstone of this franchise and as we look to build, we're building around Chris. Again we have a lot of quality people and quality pieces, I don't think there is any indication at all that we are in a position where we have to look at the option of trading Chris Bosh."

Bosh, who has done the Stephen A. Smith rodeo as recently as last season when Smith compared him to Manute Bol, didn't seem surprised by the latest from the Geraldo Rivera of sports media types.

"To me that was an insult," Bosh said of the Bol comparison, "and I let him know that and he apologized later, but now we're in new territory."

Bosh reiterated that neither he nor his agent has had any discussions with Colangelo regarding his future past the 2010 season.

Colangelo says it's not even something he would consider asking Bosh about until much closer to his actual free agency.

"As time approaches, all teams that are in this position with free agents, you're going to want to know a little bit more," Colangelo said.

This is the second such public proclamation from so-called media sources regarding Bosh's impending departure -- the first coming from ex-Raptor Jalen Rose, who recently said on ESPN that Bosh would not be re-signing with the team.


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