Say no to Knicks, Heat

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:31 AM ET

It will take days, perhaps even weeks, for the whole Chris Bosh scenario to play itself out.

As the free agent frenzy officially tipped off on Thursday in a market that has no rules, names have been bandied about in potential sign and trades involving Bosh and the Raptors, some new, others recycled.

Under no circumstance should the Raptors ever contemplate any scenario that does not help their cause, even if means losing Bosh for nothing.

If people want to point to Toronto’s history of losing marquee names for virtually nothing, then so be it.

If fans bring up the memory of Tracy McGrady bolting T.O. for nothing in free agency or decided to reflect on that Vince Carter trade that yielded virtually nothing, so what. It means nothing.

This is a business and the Raptors have to take care of their own business and not worry about placating Bosh and getting him a max contract.

This day should not come as a surprise to anyone, a day the Raptors knew would arrive with the risk of losing Bosh for nothing.

When the team decided not to trade Bosh last summer, they knew what path they had forged, a road that had the potential of reaching a dead end point.

You take your chances, roll the dice and you prepare to live with the consequences, good or bad.

In Denver, management is mulling the same question involving star player Carmelo Anthony, another member of the famed draft class of 2003 who decided not to follow in the path of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Bosh when each took less term on deals that has resulted in this summer’s free agent bonanza.

If Bosh decides to play in Miami and the Heat can arrange a deal that nets Bosh his cash and sends Michael Beasley to Toronto, the Raptors must say no.

If Bosh decides to play in New York and the Knicks fork over the dough and dangle David Lee, the Raptors must say no.

Can’t defend

Lee can’t defend and Beasley is a me-first player who brings too much baggage and concerns.

In a perfect world, Bosh decides to play in Chicago and the Bulls offer Joakim Noah, a perfect complement in a new and more compatible frontline in Toronto that features Andrea Bargnani.

But that’s not going to happen because Noah’s presence with the Bulls is what will help attract a free agent such as Bosh and James to the Windy City.

If Taj Gibson makes his way to Toronto, it’s not the end of the world but Gibson would certainly add to a young Raptors team clearly in transition, reunited with USC teammate DeMar DeRozan.

No one knows how this free agent domino gets played out, but don’t ever discount the possibility of Bosh landing in Houston.

NBA players don’t like playing at home, despite what they say, but Houston is as close to Dallas, Bosh’s home, without being home.

With Yao Ming deciding to trigger his opt-in clause, Yao ain’t going anywhere.

By all accounts, his surgically repaired foot is ready for this upcoming season and a pairing of Yao and Bosh would be spectacular.

In this dream pairing, who’s to say the Rockets wouldn’t be willing to part with a player such as Shane Battier or a Trevor Ariza.

Ariza was available last summer, parlaying his fine championship run with the Lakers by signing a free agent deal with the Rockets.

He comes with some warts, but Ariza provides experience and perimeter defence.

Battier’s character is beyond reproach, his skills of diplomacy the perfect tonic for a Raptors franchise that shows no signs of breaking away from its Euro look.

Whether this scenario ever sees the light of day, no one knows, certainly no one will talk about it without hiding behind that anonymous shield.

But that’s the kind of scenario the Raptors should pounce on if it does present itself.

If the well documented rumour linking Andrew Bynum with the Raptors has legs, that, too, would help Toronto.

Anything else would be foolish.


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