The biggest unknown in Raptorland remains a mystery, a domino that has the potential to alter the course of the franchise for years to follow.
It was inevitable as it was unavoidable the moment Chris Bosh decided not to accept an extension or the time when the Raptors could have moved the face of the franchise but resisted.
As GM Bryan Colangelo made himself available to the local media for the last time until he emerges sometime during Thursday night’s NBA draft, he admitted that there’s no clarity to the Bosh situation, that he’s just as uncertain about Bosh’s future as he has ever been and that virtually anything is possible in the coming days and weeks, perhaps even months.
The Raptors knew this day was coming and were preparing, pouring over scenarios that included Bosh on their roster and scenarios that precluded CB4.
Bosh holds all the cards, capable of leaving Toronto on his own without the help of the franchise or aiding the club in a sign and trade that will fetch the Raptors something.
The last time Bosh spoke was during a radio interview he granted with an ESPN station based in L.A. last week.
He’s scheduled to appear on a radio/TV simulcast Thursday morning on the network, at which time he’s expected to repeat what he has been saying all along in the prelude to July 1, which is to say that he’s keeping all options open and that he’s yet to decide on his future.
This much we do know: On Sunday, a deadline passed that officially made Bosh a free agent, a paperwork acknowledgment that needed to be completed, a mere formality that was expected.
Bosh, at least from this vantage point, has no intention of returning, a choice this space endorses because he needs a change.
The Raptors need a change and Bosh’s departure will signal a new era, a beginning that will be painful but necessary as a culture and environment undergo a much-needed facelift.
Bosh wants to win, not just games, but a title and he knows that his best chance of playing in meaningful games in mid-June can only be done playing alongside a true franchise player.
As much as Bosh has an impact on whom the Raptors pick on Thursday, whom gets traded or acquired in the coming days and weeks, his future is tied to the future of Dwyane Wade and LeBron James.
When James and Wade announce their future plans, expect Bosh to make his move, but not first.
Colangelo conceded there’s no timing on a resolution, no sense in projecting what could happen when so much uncertainty is in the air.
“There’s been very little information shared,’’ Colangelo revealed when the topic of Bosh got broached. “He, LeBron and Dwyane Wade bargained for this and they’ve exercised their ability to do that.”
One of the most salient points Colangelo made was when he referred to the constant Internet chatter and deception that’s out there as July 1 approaches.
“Don’t believe what you hear or read these days,’’ cautioned the GM.
When asked how essential the next week promises to be, Colangelo was as frank as he’s ever been.
“Pretty essential, it really is. There’s a lot riding, ultimately with what happens with Chris, the franchise will evolve one way or the other.
“We’re preparing with Chris and life without him.”
The Chris Bosh watch officially began the night he broke his face in Cleveland, an injury that rendered the Raptors hopeless and soulless.
He’s no longer property of the Raptors and no one knows how this whole scenario will play itself out.