Don't do Bosh any favours

Will Chris Bosh stay, or will he go?

Will Chris Bosh stay, or will he go? "No one knows. Not even me," Bosh told reporters Thursday. (QMI Agency/Michael Peake)

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:44 AM ET

The big waiting game in the absence of real meaningful on-court games has officially begun.

The big question that will hover over the Raptors franchise is as simple as the reasons why the club missed out on the post-season for the second straight spring.

Will he stay or will he go?

Will Chris Bosh remain a Raptor or will he decide to play elsewhere?

“Nobody knows. Not even me,’’ Bosh began late Thursday afternoon when the Raptors completed what is now becoming an annual rite of spring by cleaning out their locker as part of their season-ending availability.

There are plenty of unknowns, but what is known is that the Raptors have appeared in two post-seasons during Bosh’s seven-year run in Toronto.

What is known is that the Raptors have won three playoff games with Bosh as their go-to guy.

We know that GM Bryan Colangelo has tried to surround Bosh with players and has gone to great lengths to accommodate Bosh.

We know that something went amiss at the time of the all-star break, a moment that coincided with the Raptors beginning their fall from grace, a plunge that saw them go from the fifth seed to ninth.

We know that Bosh and Colangelo are expected to work together in figuring out the best possible way to appease both sides.

Bosh wants to win, but he also wants to be paid as a max player and be on a team that will go beyond the league’s tax threshold.

Colangelo will address the media on Monday.

It says here that Bosh is gone and depending on what Colangelo is able to get out of a sign and trade, there’s a chance the Raptors will get nothing for the five-time all-star.

Sign and trades are a dicey proposition in the NBA, a process that is more about catering to agenda and ego, making sure agents are properly taken care, while at the same time ensuring a team isn’t compromised.

The Raptors got nothing for Tracy McGrady and virtually nothing for Vince Carter when Vinsanity asked to be traded.

One of the first sign and trades under the current CBA involved Grant Hill when he left Detroit for Orlando, the same summer in 2000 that saw T-Mac leave Toronto.

The Pistons got Chucky Atkins and a relatively unknown piece in Ben Wallace, who would become one of the best defenders of his era.

If Colangelo can’t acquire a true centre who will play with his back to basket, rebound and defend, he should just tell Bosh to walk.

If Colangelo can’t broker a scenario where the Raptors use Bosh as part of a major deal to rid themselves of Hedo Turkoglu and/or Jose Calderon, then it’s incumbent on Colangelo to let Bosh walk.

There comes a time when a GM can’t bow to the demands of a star player and that time has arrived.

Bosh is a good guy and a very good player, but he’s not a franchise player.

He’ll get his money because some team will pay him, but the Raptors have to start to focus on making themselves better and not fixated on making Bosh happy.

Bosh made it perfectly clear when he said he’ll wait to see what, if any, moves Colangelo is able to make prior to July 1, when free agency kicks in.

Everything Colangelo has done has been with an eye of keeping Bosh in Toronto as his centrepiece.

He’s basically boxed himself in and now Colangelo must realize his next move is to try to capitalize on Bosh’s market value.

That is why Bosh must go.

With him, the Raptors haven’t gone past the first round, no player has taken another step in their evolution.

It’s not entirely Bosh’s fault, but he’s not one of those creators who play the wing position.

He’s a piece on a championship puzzle, which hardly describes the Raptors.

“There are no answers right now,’’ Bosh said of his future.

“There will be answers when it’s time.”

Time is ticking because the Bosh era in Toronto is over.

frank.zicarelli@sunmedia.ca


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