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    Default Bosh Wanting to Be 'The Man' in Free Agency

    Bosh wanting to be 'the man' in free agency

    Posted Jun 20 2010 11:56AM

    Chris Bosh isn't waiting for some summit to determine his landing spot next season. The soon-to-be Toronto Raptors free agent is determined to chart his own course and forge his own identity apart from the star-studded field of peers also entering the open market.

    "I don't want to be mentioned as an addition to a team," Bosh recently told NBA Entertainment. "I want to be mentioned as the guy that people want to center their team around."

    Bosh is frequently mentioned as the bronze medal in the Free Agency Olympics headlined by LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. Bidders can do a lot worse than bronze. While the pairing of Bosh with one of his former Team USA teammates could form the foundation of a title contender, the 26-year-old power forward could just as easily strike out on his own.

    Bosh's independent streak is a significant variable in a marketplace that so many assume will be dictated by LeBron. Bosh could be the first domino to fall if he decides to leave Toronto when free agency begins July 1, causing a ripple effect among the teams with significant cap space and those angling for a premier free agent through a sign-and-trade.

    Unlike the situation facing James in Cleveland, Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo acknowledged that he would be agreeable to a sign-and-trade if a new deal isn't worked out with Bosh. Toronto's first priority is to re-sign its five-time All-Star and career scoring leader. The Raptors can offer a max contract of six years and $130 million.
    "I want to hold onto that because I think every kid when they dream about playing basketball, they don't dream about being a role player. They dream about being the man. I have that position in Toronto and to give that up and go somewhere else to be an addition would kinda defeat the purpose of my dreams."
    http://www.nba.com/2010/news/feature...osh/index.html

    The Raptors are clearly his best bet if he really wants to be the centerpiece and get the most money.
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    Only way that will happen for him is a S&T to the Rockets. Or if the Knicks swing and miss with LeBron and Wade. Looks like there's still hope for the Raptors.

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    Previous reports have indicated a Houston interest. Bosh could be "the man" there as well (they are looking for a first option I believe). Any objective evaluation makes the Rockets a much better team than the Raptors and probably yields the best return in talent/assets in a s&t for Bosh.

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    looking more and more like Bosh will be staying.

    Odds now at

    Toronto 80%
    Miami 15%
    Other 5%
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    This whole wanting to be the man complex is seriously altering my opinion towards his dedication to winning. On one hand I admire his honesty and willingness to be up front about his need to have his ego massaged. On the other hand I wonder how a person can be so self unaware and ignorant towards the past seven mostly failed years where he held reign over a generally underachieving franchise that had several face lifts, but never a face off.

    I'm not sure if I want a player whose goals run perpendicular to that of his team and I am certain I don't want that player to be the leader and emotional center of my favorite franchise.
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    Agreed. Sadly, the Raps are probably better off with him gone. We need a fresh start in my opinion