'There has to be changes'

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:40 AM ET

In the event Chris Bosh decides to stay, changes need to be made to a roster that failed to make the post-season.

Whether it's a tweak here or a major move involving a core piece, Bosh wouldn't go out on a limb, but he did admit that something must be done.

"There has to be changes,'' he said, "only because we didn't make the playoffs. It's not like we're building off success."

During his time in Toronto, the Raptors chose to go with Jose Calderon over T.J. Ford; they selected Andrea Bargnani when they could have had Brandon Roy; they brought in Jermaine O'Neal, only to trade him later in the season; they added free agent Hedo Turkoglu.

Whatever move was made, the Raptors haven't moved in the right direction.

Overpaid

"If I sign back, it's going to have to move, period,'' Bosh said when asked about the need for the metaphorical needle moving. "I wouldn't be comfortable with it."

Realistically, what move can GM Bryan Colangelo possibly make to significantly improve the Raptors?

He handpicked Bargnani and gave a seven-foot jumpshooter who is unwilling to bang in the paint a five-year extension last summer worth $50 million US.

He overpaid Turkoglu (five years worth a total of $53 million) and he gave Calderon a contract, one that will pay him $9 million next season, that's more in line with what starters make, even though Calderon is best used as a backup.

There is no money, or at best there's very little, to take care of free agents Amir Johnson and Antoine Wright, who should be in Toronto's plans.

Decline

And Toronto's ownership group has never exceeded the luxury tax threshold.

It'll have no choice this coming season because league revenues are expected to decline.

Even if Colangelo does something, it remains to be seen how the team addresses an obvious need to get more mentally tough.

Bosh has often spoken about a certain mindset required to win.

He saw it with Chicago when the Bulls came to town last Sunday and basically earned their right to the playoffs by whipping the Raptors on their home floor.

"It's all about mentality,'' Bosh said.

"Sunday was the most important game of the season and quite frankly we weren't even in the game.

"You look at Chicago, one through 12 (roster-wise) and they are not that much better than us on paper. They came in here like they knew they were coming to win the game."


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