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Report: Chris Bosh gives Raptors five teams he wants to play for, wants to play with LeBron James

May 22, 2010, 9:52 AM EDT

nba_bosh1.jpgUPDATE 5/22 9:52 am: Bosh’s agent has denied there is a list to our own Ira Winderman (writing for the South Florida Sun Sentinel).

“I haven’t closed the door on anything,” (Henry) Thomas insisted. “I haven’t
given Bryan any lists. There is no list. This is a process that is

Nobody believes that, especially since later on Toronto General Manager Bryan Colangelo confirmed to ESPN that they have been given a list.  Winderman, later on in his piece, says sources tell him there is a list, although the five-team one listed by ESPN is incomplete.

While Bosh cannot negotiate with other teams until he is a free agent on July 1, the Raptors can start to negotiate a sign-and-trade deal at any point because they own his rights. For now.

5/21 5:47 pm: ESPN is reporting that Chris Bosh’s agent has provided the Toronto Raptors with a list of five teams he would like to play for on his next contract.

One of them is Toronto. So that’s nice. They’re still in the running. That has to make them feel better as they stare down the barrel of the gun that’s been aimed at them for the past six months.

The other teams are the Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, and New York Knicks. The Raptors were informed of this in the event they want to begin pursuing sign and trade deals with those teams. The report says Bosh prefers that option because it nets him the extra year and salary that goes along with it. It’s also likely that Bosh doesn’t want to desert his first NBA home without giving them anything in return.

If we’re assuming sign and trade, go ahead and throw New York out. They’ve got four players on roster and not nearly enough to cover a max contract. Miami is also unlikely, barring some bizarre double sign-and-trade that would never happen. Which leaves us with the Raptors, Bulls, and Lakers. Let’s put the Raptors aside for a moment because just by telling the Raptors this, you have to consider the odds of them retaining him low. This seems more like a “Hey, so, you might want to start making plans” conversation, even if his heartstrings could still be pulled back North.

The Bulls and Lakers would both have packages that would interest the Raptors. The Bulls have contracts of lower length and don’t have considerable young talent to provide. The Lakers on the other hand, have big contracts to fill the void, including Andrew Bynum, a big man with enough upside to draw the Raptors interest should Bosh want to follow up on his little visit to Staples earlier last month.

The deciding factor could end up being something else entirely. LeBron James. ESPN’s sources indicate that Bosh is likely to sign with Chicago if James chooses the Windy City. In that eventuality, a quick sign and trade netting Luol Deng and his death scourge contract and Kirk Hinrich would probably be worked out. It would also pretty much make for the most dominant Eastern team with a starting five of Derrick Rose, Some Person-Who-Cares, LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Joakim Noah. Run, children. Vaminos.

This list isn’t shocking by any means, but it is a significant development. It means that leaving is formally on Bosh’s mind, and he’s pursuing an exit strategy, even if giving the Raptors hope by including them on the list. It means the Lakers are in play, which somehow makes the team headed to the Finals even scarier than they already are. And it means that LeBron does have the power to shift momentum.

The Heat are going to have to figure out a strategy for convincing Bosh to forgo that final year if they want to lure Bosh in. New York may want to start considering Plan B.

  1. Jimsjam33 - May 21, 2010 at 7:02 PM

    The Lakers are out because the Lakers would love to get Bosh and unload Bynum . Bynum is injury prone ( something to which he admits ) and plays too stiff . Without Kobe , Gasol , and Fisher , Bynum would be another Kwame Brown .
    If Bosh decides on the Lakers the rest of the basketball world can forget about championships for 3 or 4 years . The Lakers will dominate .

  2. Justin - May 21, 2010 at 7:17 PM

    Trying to remember my CBA rules here. But regarding the Knicks and a sign-and-trade … can’t a team with cap space receive in trade any amount of salary without providing a certain amount back, so long as they remain under the cap after the trade? I believe this is basically what occurred when the Thunder took on Eric Maynor and Matt Harping earlier this season. Still, even if the Knicks COULD do it, it’s unlikely the Raptors want much back that the Knicks have, except maybe David Lee, but a double-sign-and-trade sounds complicated.

  3. Jeffrey - May 21, 2010 at 7:55 PM

    Knicks!! find more at

  4. j bean - May 21, 2010 at 8:24 PM

    The Bulls would have to pull off two sign and trades to get Bosh and James as both of them want max deals. Can’t see it happening in Chicago or anywhere else for that matter.

  5. ezfello - May 21, 2010 at 8:32 PM

    Justin – You are correct the Knicks can take on any trade without even sending a player over since they have the cap space. So yes Lee’s max contract would work and it will even save the Raptor’s half of Bosh’s max contract. Think maybe the Raptors might like that??

  6. Da Real - May 21, 2010 at 8:52 PM

    If he wants to follow Lebron, he won’t likely win a title.
    If he wants to come play with Kobe, he might win 2-5 titles.
    I didn’t agree with Bynum for Bosh last year, but now I do. Bynum will not be what the Lakers had hoped for. Injuries aside, listen to Bynum speak about basketball sometime. He could pretty much care less, passion level 0. His mind is not about competition.

  7. Laszlo - May 21, 2010 at 10:03 PM

    My personal feeling is that Lebron will stay in Cleveland, but Bosh to Chicago in a sign-and-trade sounds realistic.
    Bosh seems like a good teammate and his head is not in a bad place, but I don’t know if he’s ready to accept a second banana role playing on Lebron or D-Wade’s teams. He might at least want the challenge of leading a team through the playoffs instead of helping somebody else do it.
    On the Lakers, he’d be third banana behind Kobe and Gasol.

  8. JeremyM - May 22, 2010 at 3:55 AM

    Regardless if the Lakers win a title this year I see them making a move to trade Bynum. The Lakers can survive with Gasol playing center if they can aquire a decent back up center.
    I do think there is a slight chance Shaq comes back to end his career with the Lakers. Obviously Shaq fits well into the system and he would be good for 10 to 20 minutes a night. I have a feeling that teams will no longer be beating Shaq’s door down with offers. Maybe Shaq ending his career with the Lakers is the made for Hollywood fairytale ending Shaq and Jerry Buss are looking for.

  9. FDJLakers - May 22, 2010 at 5:15 AM

    Jimsjam33….I agree 100%. In fact, I was thinking in terms of writing just about precisely what you said until I read your post…

  10. Anonymous - May 22, 2010 at 10:55 AM

    fucq shaq

  11. lakerholic - May 22, 2010 at 11:07 AM

    Does anybody really think anybody named Colangelo is gonna’ trade an All-Star forward to the Lakes ??!!
    No flippin’ way, people.

  12. Anonymous - May 22, 2010 at 11:21 AM

    Just for the record Bynum has better skills then Brown. It would very nice to have Bosh but,trust me the other teams in the NBA would do anything in there power not to le that happen…

  13. JC - May 22, 2010 at 11:23 AM

    Just for the record Bynum has better skills then Brown. It would very nice to have Bosh but,trust me the other teams in the NBA would do anything in there power not to le that happen…

  14. Anonymous - May 22, 2010 at 11:39 AM

    if the lakers get Bosh, the raptors will ask for Gasol!

  15. SFWA - May 22, 2010 at 12:05 PM

    They can ask for Gasol, but they wouldn’t get him. As good as Bosh is, who in their right mind would give up Gasol for him? That’s just plain stupid. Maybe Kobe for Bosh? Bynum and a role guy off the bench as a throw in like Walton maybe.

  16. JeremyM - May 22, 2010 at 12:16 PM

    “fucq shaq”
    I’m sure there were idiots saying the same thing about Wilt in 1971.

  17. doyourhomework, America - May 22, 2010 at 1:20 PM

    I don’t know- I’ve been hearing a lot of rumors about Bosh and Lebron both playing for the Knicks. Bring it on! They’ve got the money, they’ve been saving up for 2010 for over two seasons now- do it! This might BEGIN to salvage Donny Walshs legacy as a Knicks owner, cause up until now, he’s only ruined them. They were a consistent playoff team for 15 years before he took over.
    long story short GO KNICKS!

  18. Bulls fan - May 22, 2010 at 2:50 PM

    No they don’t. They have the cap to get James. If they did a sign and trade for either James or Bosh it frees up the space for another Max player.

  19. lgwelsh1 - May 23, 2010 at 1:23 AM

    Bosh wants to play with LeBron and vica-versa. Chicago seems the most likely destination. Miami is in the picture for Bosh but I can’t see LeBron playing 2nd banana to Wade.
    If Bosh goes to Miami he has a good chance at winning a title with Wade.
    If Lebron and Bosh go to Chicago they could win 5+ easy with the supporting cast that is already in place.
    My money say’s Chicago for both of them.

  20. doug gilmour - May 25, 2010 at 5:18 PM

    Guys, I work for MLSE and can say that Chris Bosh is currently, behind the scenes, working out a 7 year deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He has decided that he does look like a turtle and that wearing a a helmet with full sheild would help out his porno career once he retires. Also, it has been confirmed that the reason why matt bonner got traded was because Bosh wanted to sleep with him and bonner didt swing that way but later had an affair with Tim duncon.
    Further Dwayne wade has been caught with his pants down in an alley way getting hummer from Jamal Magloire.
    Keep everyone updated.!!

  21. Kevin - Jun 6, 2010 at 6:36 PM

    Listen I don’t think that bosh cares about taking a second player role in a team but if he does he should go to a team like the jazz who are probably losing bozzer and have the best point guard in the league with Deron wiliams who would help him out

  22. Anonymous - Jun 26, 2010 at 2:11 PM

    Did u really say Kobe for bosh? Really?! Sumbody get this kid an insanity plea. U don’t guve up the best player in the NBA for chris bosh.

  23. Anonymous - Jul 1, 2010 at 3:42 AM

    you are an idiot if you think the lakers would trade kobe for bosh. I think you just showed the world you are legally retarded.

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