Reality Check: Bryan Colangelo must realize Chris Bosh will leave Toronto Raptors
Bryan Colangelo must face reality: Chris Bosh is done with the Toronto Raptors.
After seven years of mediocre results, the All-Star four-man publicly stated that he’ll sign with a contending squad when he becomes a free agent this summer.
The translation was simple: Bosh wants a supporting cast that defends; Bosh wants teammates – and not Coach Jay Triano – to have his back when Paul Pierce takes liberties with his midsection; and Bosh wants an owner who will do more than talk about exceeding the luxury tax at year end press conferences.
This appeared to go over Colangelo’s head, who – at the club’s state-of-the-union – seemed to genuinely believe Bosh would consider signing another long-term extension.
In truth, Bosh only re-signs with Toronto as part of a sign-and-trade to collect the most money and term under the Collective Bargaining Agreement. After all, this July is CB4’s moment, his one opportunity to partner with a Hall of Fame superstar like LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.
How can Andrea Bargnani, Jose Calderon, and Hedo Turkoglu compete? They can’t. And Toronto can’t either.
Instead of avoiding the inevitable, Colangelo should recognize that Bosh and the Raptors have run their course. And instead of dreaming about building a contender with Bosh, Colangelo should consider rebuilding without him.
For instance, suppose Turkoglu or Calderon came with Bosh as part of any sign-and-trade. Toronto would get an albatross contract off their books and still receive assets for Bosh.
With Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment’s deep pockets and this summer’s uncertain free agent market, the Raptors could successfully remodel their club through a Bosh sign-and-trade. Colangelo, however, must first face reality.
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