Just when you think this Chris Bosh business is starting to clear up, the situation reverts right back to the unknown that it has been since Bosh signed that contract extension back in 2006.
Late yesterday afternoon ESPN’s Chad Ford, who was in Chicago for the pre-draft workouts, filed a piece saying he had uncovered Bosh’s supposed list of trade partners he would agree to if the Raps and Bosh part ways this summer. The list was supposedly provided by Bosh’s agent, Henry Thomas and given to Raps GM Bryan Colangelo.
On that supposed list were five teams Bosh would consider playing for next season. They included the Raptors, the Chicago Bulls, the Los Angeles Lakers, the New York Knicks and the Miami Heat.
Turns out there is a list that Colangelo has, but it didn’t come from Thomas.
Last night, Thomas revealed he has never submitted a list to Colangelo like the one Ford described and never would.
“Why would I do that?” Thomas said to the Florida Sun-Sentinel’s Ira Winderman. “We’re still in a process of evaluating a lot different situations.”
According to Thomas, the whole Bosh scenario remains very much an on-going process and to limit himself to any number of teams would be counter-productive.
“I haven’t closed the door on anything,” Thomas insisted. “I haven’t given Bryan any lists. There is no list. This is a process that is ongoing.”
There were other reports last night, though, of the existence of a longer list that is in the Raptors’ possession that lists trade partners that are acceptable to Bosh. The list is reportedly longer than the five names in the ESPN story.
Bosh can become a free agent June 30. If he opts to go that route he would forfeit approximately $30 million US on the kind of maximum deal only the Raptors can offer. In order to cash in on that kind of deal with another team, he would have to first sign with Toronto and then be traded within 48 hours.
Both Bosh and Colangelo in their season-ending meetings with the Toronto media made it very clear that the two have agreed, if Bosh does not stay in Toronto, the two sides will work in tandem to pull off a sign and trade.
It benefits Bosh because it allows him to leave while not having to forfeit any potential future income. It works in the Raptors’ favour because they can at least get something in return, something they won’t get if he just signs elsewhere.
Among the teams not on the ESPN list that are believed to be possible landing spots for the 26-year-old power forward are the Houston Rockets and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
There is also the very real chance that wherever Bosh winds up, assuming he leaves Toronto, he won’t be the only free agent coming.
The ESPN report suggested Bosh’s decision will be tied to wherever LeBron James, who is in the same contract situation as Bosh, winds up.
“If LeBron decides to go to either New York or Chicago, I think that’s where you’ll see Chris land,” a source told Ford. “If LeBron stays in Cleveland, I think the process is more wide open.”