Are Bosh, Raps feuding?

Sources tell ESPN that the Raptors are no longer so enthused with helping Bosh obtain a max...

Sources tell ESPN that the Raptors are no longer so enthused with helping Bosh obtain a max contract with a sign-and-trade. (DAVE ABEL/QMI Agency)

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, Last Updated: 11:33 AM ET

ESPN was reporting Saturday night that growing animosity between Chris Bosh and the Toronto Raptors could wind up with Bosh leaving Toronto with nothing coming back in return and Bosh settling for less in contract years and dollars to leave.

At season’s end, both Bosh and Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo spoke about how the two sides would work together either to keep Bosh in Toronto or place him elsewhere where it would be most beneficial to both parties.

Sources now are telling ESPN that the Raptors are no longer so enthused with helping Bosh obtain a max contract with a sign-and-trade.

In a sign-and-trade scenario, Bosh could make the maximum $125.5-million US over six years and the Raptors would get something back from the team he winds up with. Without a sign and trade, Bosh would simply exit Toronto and sign with his new team without it owing Toronto anything.

The maximum deal Bosh’s new team could sign him to would be five years and $96.1-million.

Bosh has met with the Raptors, Houston Rockets, Miami Heat, New Jersey Nets, New York Knicks and Chicago Bulls over the past few days.

According to the ESPN report, the Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, San Antonio Spurs, Cleveland Cavaliers and Knicks are all believed to have submitted trade proposals for Bosh to the Raptors. None of those proposals impressed Toronto ESPN reported.

If the report is accurate, Bosh’s potential suitors would be limited to just those teams with space under to salary cap to offer a max contract. Those teams are the Bulls, L.A. Clippers, Heat, Knicks and Nets.

It would also put a wrench in the plans of any team looking to get more than one of the potential max players.


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