Sunday , Nov , 30 , 2008 Oly Sandor

Why Toronto Raptors will re-sign Chris Bosh in 2010

From day one, Bosh bought in to Toronto. Years ago, before becoming an All-Star and having his own youtube channel, I had a twenty-minute interview with the post. Vince Carter had just been traded; the Raptors were a mess on-and-off court. Instead of taking the easy road by blaming others, the forward accepted responsibility and talked of building something …

Why Toronto Raptors will re-sign Chris Bosh in 2010Breaking NBA news mixed with analysis … 

Their News: "I’m a realist," Colangelo says. "There are only three prize guys (in that free-agent class, the summer of 2010) and we’re trying to keep one (Chris Bosh) of them. I’m in the market to do something." (ESPN Daily Dime) 

Our Very Quick Analysis: I’m a realist, too. And the Toronto Raptors have a strong chance of re-signing franchise face Chris Bosh in the summer of 2010. 

From day one, Bosh bought in to Toronto. Years ago, before becoming an All-Star and having his own youtube channel, I had a twenty-minute interview with the post. Vince Carter had just been traded; the Raptors were a mess on-and-off court. Instead of taking the easy road by blaming others, the forward accepted responsibility and talked of building something.

And he succeeded. His team, while not quite contenders, are competitive. In 2010, Jose Calderon’s development, Jermaine O’Neal’s expiring contract, and CB4’s continued improvement will keep the club in the thick of the Eastern Conference. I expect Bosh will want to finish what he started north of the border. 

Money won’t be an issue. MLSE, the company that owns the Raptors, holds other valuable sport properties like the NHL’s Maple Leafs and MLS’s Toronto FC. They are protected from the economic downturn and have the finances to offer Bosh a strong ‘max’ contract with trade kickers, a signing bonus and upfront money. 

Right now, Bosh is the Raptors. Around the league, he is respected as an undisputed franchise player. A new team could mean a role change. Perhaps, in a different scheme, he gets less touches and shots. 

Colangelo is the Ace of Spades. The two-time executive of the year has a track record of blockbuster trades and free agent signings in Phoenix and Toronto. Eventually, he’ll get Bosh the right supporting cast to contend in the Eastern Conference.

Colangelo gets paid to be cautious. But Toronto has every reason to be optimistic about keeping their fast-developing superstar.

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