Another day, another Chris Bosh trade rumour to deny.
Only this time, GM Brian Colangelo beat the local media to the punch interrupting a question period about the Jermaine O'Neal/Shawn Marion trade to quash the latest fabrication.
"If I can be very clear here, there is no truth to that," Colangelo said after raising the issue of a reported three-way trade that had Bosh going to Chicago, a package of young players and expiring contracts headed to Phoenix from Chicago and Amare Stoudemire coming to Toronto.
"We have not had any discussions with regard to trading Chris Bosh," Colangelo stressed.
Bosh, who laughed off the latest rumour, went through a contact-free practice yesterday and is listed as questionable for tonight's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
He said he will see how his sprained right knee feels after shootaround today before making a decision. However, the fact that he has yet to go through a full practice and has not played in two weeks suggests Marion's Raptors debut will go off without Bosh in the lineup.
There was better news on the Jose Calderon and Joey Graham fronts. Calderon, who has missed time with a strained hamstring, will play tonight while Graham, who suffered a bruised shin in last Wednesday's game, also is good to go.
A SECOND LIFE?
Coach Jay Triano wants to get Marion immersed in the Raptors game plan as soon as possible but he may have to wait on Marcus Banks.
Banks, the seldom-used point guard who came over in the Marion deal from Miami, hasn't seen the court since a Jan. 31 game where he played just over four minutes. His previous appearance was on Jan. 2.