Raptors in a world of hurt

Bosh would clearly be the biggest loss to the Raptors, but he can still help the team by...

Bosh would clearly be the biggest loss to the Raptors, but he can still help the team by orchestrating a sign-and-trade deal to the team of his choice. (MICHAEL PEAKE/QMI Agency)

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:13 PM ET

For obvious reasons, Chris Bosh is the biggest name on the Raptors who will hit the open market.

What isn’t obvious is where Bosh is headed, what, if any, sign and trade that helps the Raptors can get completed.

Rasho Nesterovic will not be coming back, a point made very obvious when the Raptors drafted Ed Davis and Solomon Alabi.

Patrick O’Bryant is expected to attend the team’s summer league in Las Vegas, but there’s no guarantee he’ll be back.

Antoine Wright doesn’t figure to be back, but he can help the Raptors in a sign and trade with the right suitor.

As much as the Raptors want Amir Johnson and could use his athleticism, energy and defence, Johnson is in line to cash in and the Raptors aren’t exactly loaded with cap space.

Five free agents with varying degrees of skill and options for the Raptors, in some cases no options.

Bosh is the biggest, the one free-agent piece that may bring back an asset capable of being a presence this season.

He may even be used in a complicated, multi-team package that will rid Toronto of malcontent Hedo Turkoglu or perhaps provide more clarity to a point guard situation that features Jose Calderon and Jarrett Jack.

The Raptors can use a mid-level exception, but it’s safe to say the whole Bosh domino must be played out first before that option gets triggered.

The Raptors can use a post presence, leadership, a perimeter defender, a facilitator and decision maker.

Free agency is often used to address needs, but the Raptors aren’t in any financial position to go out and wine and dine a free agent.

For now, they’ll have to wait and see how the Bosh hand gets played and what trade options present themselves.

For now, the public face of the Raptors is one of onlookers, but behind the scenes they are exploring all options and touching base with everyone.


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