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Chris Bosh is your free agency lynchpin

Jul 6, 2010, 12:18 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for cbosh_dunk.jpgLeBron James wants to play with Chris Bosh, sees him as the key to a team that can win titles. He’s reportedly trying to recruit him to Cleveland for that reason. Toronto has a sign-and-trade in place with Cleveland.

Dwyane Wade wants to play with Chris Bosh, sees him as the key to a team that can win titles. He’s reportedly trying to recruit him to Miami for that reason.

For all the talk about the Summer of LeBron, it is Chris Bosh controlling this free agent season. He is the lynchpin. Chicago understood this early on. His decision will determine so many teams’ futures. Wade wants to play with both LeBron — however not in Cleveland — and Wade — anywhere — but he is going to have to choose (the Miami trio idea is the longest shot on the board). If LeBron is willing to leave Cleveland for Bosh, that may be your winner. But it is not simple any way.

If Bosh heads to Miami with Wade, does LeBron stay in Cleveland? Does he decide to go to Chicago and team up with Derrick Rose or head to New Jersey to join their young core and build there? He may well stay home anyway.

If Bosh heads to Cleveland or Chicago (or NJ) with LeBron, what does Wade do? Amare Stoudemire is off the board, would Carlos Boozer be a good enough fallback that Wade stays in South Beach? Does he head home to Chicago, or become the star for New Jersey? Join up with Amare in NYC?

More questions than answers, and that’s just the two stars and they teams they are directly involved with. There is a lot of trickle-down.

And it all hinges on what Bosh really wants to do.

After years of feeling left out of the loop playing in Toronto — loved by the fans there but not seen on national television often in the states, not able to pull in the same endorsements as other stars — it is Bosh being recruited by the biggest names in the sport. It is Chris Bosh as the lynchpin in the Summer of LeBron.

And he is loving it.

  1. review your posts - Jul 6, 2010 at 12:55 PM

    [quote]Wade wants to play with both LeBron and Wade, but he is going to have to choose (the Miami trio idea is the longest shot on the board). [/quote]
    Non-sequitur?

  2. hnirobert - Jul 6, 2010 at 12:56 PM

    Chris, do you want to be surrounded by mamacitas or cows? Do you want to hang out with Jake Delhomme or Brandon Marshall? Do you want to live on the Beach or freeze by the lake? Seems like an easy choice.

  3. Khyber Jones - Jul 6, 2010 at 1:20 PM

    There is no way Bosh will go to Cleveland if he has a better option. He thinks Cleveland is a small market dump, and Bosh craves the attention lavished on Tier 1 stars. He can’t be that guy in a Tier 4 city (though I personally love Toronto). Miami or New Jersey is a better option for him. Bosh doesn’t covet the ring as much as he covets fame.
    It’s time for LeBron to understand that the best business decision for him is to go to New York. I don’t know if he is mature enough to understand that Cleveland has run its course and has been holding him back. The Bosh rejection of Cleveland should tell him all he needs to know. At the end of the day Cleveland is Cleveland and no one who wasn’t born there ever wants to end up or stay there. Ask CC Sabathia….oh btw he has a ring.

  4. nunya - Jul 6, 2010 at 1:45 PM

    Considering Bosh can’t guard anyone bigger than 180lbs, this is all pretty ridiculous.

  5. Mattchew - Jul 6, 2010 at 1:45 PM

    One thing that would get this deal done for Chicago and it may sound crazy is swap Deng for Hedo Turkoglu. I would include 3 1st rd picks in the deal but I would keep Taj Gibson. Think about it for a second you unload Dengs deal and you keep Turk for a year and have him play the 3 with Lebron at the 2. He gives you outside shooting and length he would probably look as good as he did while in Orlando. Then in the next offseason you unload Turk for cap room somebody will take him once his numbers improve. Our lineup is still sick.
    Noah Asik
    Bosh Gibson
    Turkoglu Johnson
    Lebron Raja Bell with vet exemption
    Rose Tony Allen good defensive combo guard

  6. terry - Jul 6, 2010 at 1:49 PM

    It depends upon your scenario, in mine Bosh is NOT the linchpin.
    This is about the ‘big three’ – Of the three there is only ONE who has a ring – Wade. He has the ring because 4 years ago when Dallas was whipping Miami’s butt in the finals Wade took over. He took over – as in “gimme the damn ball and get out of the way” in CRUNCH time – the whole season, the championship was on the line – and he WANTED THE DAMN BALL. You can’t teach that.
    I am not saying that neither Bosh or James can do it, rather i am saying that so far they haven’t.
    IMhO if Wade is smart, and I think he is, he should sign with ‘Da Bullss’ and then the Bulls sit back and wait for the phone to ring.
    It will.
    If it doesn’t that’s someone else’s problem.
    FYI – Even tho I live in New England I am a Bulls fan.

  7. The Dude Abides - Jul 6, 2010 at 2:33 PM

    LeBron’s going back to Cleveland, with or without Bosh. I think Bosh wants to play with Wade, so I’d say Wade is the linchpin, and he’s torn between Chicago and Miami.

  8. Arthur - Jul 6, 2010 at 3:35 PM

    Bulls get shut out, oops they will sign Bozzer for the max and get knocked out of the 1st round again. None of the top three will sign with Chicago would you?

  9. Bill - Jul 6, 2010 at 3:59 PM

    Khyber – Ever been to CLE? Didn’t think so. Your opinion that he should go to NYC shows just how ignorant you are.

  10. Toronto Fan - Jul 6, 2010 at 4:10 PM

    First of, there is no way turk would want to play with bosh again, hes considering staying in tdot if bosh leaves, if not he says he wants out.
    @hnirobert — Have you even been in toronto? Right now the weather is beautiful here, hotter than cali as per derozan on his twitter. Its only cold in winter.

  11. Jimmy Tomatoes - Jul 6, 2010 at 4:12 PM

    Jimmy Tomatoes says Lebron is the best thing that ever hit Cleveland in less than 7 years he is bigger than any other sports athlete ever to hit Cleveland well since Jim Brown, and he has an opportunity to be the greatest sports legend of all time if he turns this city around. Cleveland may not have all the pop that New York or Chicago or Miami has but we will also never turn on Lebron no matter what happens we are all in with our man and hope he is all in with us Please Lebron don’t let Cleveland’s dream flicker out we will win with you and no one else!

  12. Jake - Jul 6, 2010 at 4:22 PM

    I wasn’t born in Cleveland, but I’d love to end up there. There is so much sports history there and the fans there are loyal. Cleveland’s a fantastic sports town

  13. Jake - Jul 6, 2010 at 4:23 PM

    I wasn’t born in Cleveland, but I’d love to end up there. There is so much sports history there and the fans there are loyal. Cleveland’s a fantastic sports town

  14. bbjones - Jul 6, 2010 at 5:41 PM

    Come on CB4….Come to the rock-n-roll city
    ” Do you want to live on the Beach or freeze by the lake? Seems like an easy choice.”
    We have beaches and sand too and a great owner (unlike chi-town)
    and and a way cool lake and and the best fans around

  15. Arnold - Jul 6, 2010 at 5:48 PM

    What the heck are you talking about? How did you get Hedo in this? So Toronto, who does not want Deng anyway is going to give you Bosh and Hedo for Deng and 3 1st Rd Picks. HUH???

  16. tdot11 - Jul 6, 2010 at 5:48 PM

    bosh is overrated, weak defender with inflated stats, he will be wades bitch for the next 6 years..

  17. davidly - Jul 6, 2010 at 5:57 PM

    Bosh is going to Chicago, and despite Wade’s likely following him, the S&T in the Bosh deal is gonna ruin what little chemistry the Bulls had going for them.
    You read it here first: Bosh ain’ all that. Chicago will discover that this winter. It’s gonna be a long one.

  18. bbjones - Jul 6, 2010 at 6:06 PM

    Come on CB4….Come to the rock-n-roll city
    ” Do you want to live on the Beach or freeze by the lake? Seems like an easy choice.”
    We have beaches and sand too and a great owner (unlike chi-town)
    and and a way cool lake and and the best fans around

  19. Wizard of Ozola - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:53 AM

    BOYS AND GIRLS, IF YOU WANT TO CRUISE YOUR $15 MILLION DOLLAR MEGA-YACHT IN MARCH YOU DO IT IN MIAMI !! NOT IN THE MISTAKE BY THE LAKE, CLEVELAND, OR CHICAGO OR EVEN NEW YORK/JERSEY. YOU PUT SOME OF THE HOE BIKINI HEADS ON THE FRONT DECK TO TAN AND A FEW IN THE STERN TO SERVE FOOD AND THE REST IN THE STATEROOM(MASTERBEDROOM TO YOU LANDLUBBERS).COME THURSDAY, LBJ IS WILL GO AWAY AND JOIN WADE AND BOSH IN “WELCOME TO MIAMI !”.COMPREDE ????

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