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Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

Posted on: July 6, 2010 1:02 pm
Edited on: July 6, 2010 3:46 pm
Chris Bosh wants to pair with LeBron James, but is more likely to sign off on a scenario that lures James out of Cleveland to the Nets, Bulls or even Heat, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told Tuesday.

The problem is that  the Cavs have the most attractive assets to entice the Raptors into such an arrangement, being able to offer Anderson Varejao, Anthony Parker or Jamario Moon and Delonte West, who only has $500,000 of his $4.5 million contract guaranteed for next season. The sign-and-trade route would allow Toronto to come to grips with Bosh's seemingly inevitable departure while bringing back assets -- including possibly future draft picks -- in the deal.

But Bosh, who shares an agent with fellow free agent Dwyane Wade, would have to sign off on such an arrangement and remains decidedly unenthusiastic about joining James in Cleveland, the person familiar with the talks said.

"If LeBron went to New Jersey, he'd consider that," the person said of Bosh. "It's too late for New York. He wants to play with LeBron if LeBron leaves, but not necessarily in Cleveland."

The Bulls, who've targeted all three of the top free agents, have not spoken with Toronto officials about a sign-and-trade for Bosh, a person with knowledge of their strategy said. With $30.9 million in cap space after Rob Kurz and Chris Richard were waived, the Bulls are still one transaction away from fitting two straight max signings into their space. One way around that would be to sign-and-trade for one free agent and sign the other one, but it is difficult to imagine Bosh taking less money that Wade or LeBron -- or vice versa.

The Heat, meanwhile, essentially have to trade Michael Beasley to have room for two max free agents plus Wade -- and sources told Tuesday Miami officials were continuing to work on pulling off such a coup. Wade's thoughts on the matter remain a mystery after he canceled a scheduled news conference with Alonzo Mourning in South Florida Tuesday morning.

UPDATED 2:18 p.m. ET: The Raptors have informed Bosh and his agent, Henry Thomas, that if Bosh wanted to go to Cleveland, the organization would explore how to help him get there. But while Cleveland's basketball assets are more attractive to the Raptors, the city itself doesn't do it for Bosh. If Bosh viewed Cleveland as an acceptable destination, the sign-and-trade talks would've progressed rapidly. As things stood Tuesday afternoon, according to a source involved in the discussions, they're at a stand-still.

UPDATED 3:46 p.m. ET: The Rockets, in Bosh's home state of Texas, also have some enticing assets to offer Toronto -- free-agent Luis Scola, Shane Battier and Trevor Ariza. Bosh has indicated in the past that the two Texas teams would be on his list of preferred destinations, but free-agent fever seems to have him focused on New Jersey, Miami and Chicago for now. As for the Heat, who'd want to dump Beasley, don't underestimate the value of a giant trade exception that they could convey to Toronto in a Bosh deal. Sources indicate that the February trade deadline will create a furious market for teams looking to get out from under contracts with the combination of playoff hopes being dashed and the looming labor crisis and/or new collective bargaining agreement, in which owners will be looking to take a punitive stance on player salaries.

"The market," another person involved in the free-agent chase said, "has come to a screeching halt."

While Bosh and Thomas -- who also represents Wade -- keep everyone waiting, sign-and-trade talks with more acceptable destinations have not gained any momentum, an executive involved in the process said.


Since: Feb 21, 2008
Posted on: July 6, 2010 7:56 pm

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

I think your post is exactly why LeBron would not want to go to NY.  Who would want to deal with overly aggressive, and angry, fans and media for a losing team, when he can make $30,000,000 more by staying in Cleveland where he will be worshipped unconditionally.  Besides NY just wasted its money signed Amare who can't play "D" and needs a PG like Nash to set him up.

Since: Jul 6, 2010
Posted on: July 6, 2010 7:31 pm

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

If LeBron leaves Cleveland, the only logical place for him to go is Chicago. It is highly unlikely that he will share the spotlight with Wade in Miami, and there is no way he can win a championship in New York or New Jersey. LeBron has the choice of either winning a championship in Chicago or being Karl Malone in Cleveland.

Since: Jul 6, 2010
Posted on: July 6, 2010 7:27 pm

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

Well said my friend.

Since: Jul 6, 2010
Posted on: July 6, 2010 7:25 pm

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

Dude with or without Amare Stoudemaire, the Knicks suck!!!! Amare is a proven loser. He is 22 points a game and no defense. That's it. He is nothing more. Nothing less. If LeBron thinks he will get a championship Amare in New York, he is crazy. The only logical place for LeBron to leave for is Chicago. LeBron to Chicago = 2011 NBA World Champions. LeBron to New York = a second round elimination. It is as simple as that.

Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: July 6, 2010 6:48 pm

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

Bosh is overrated and soft. He's worth nowhere near a max contract. I hope him and the Queen do end up together because it will be hilarious to watch them point fingers at eachother as the reason they never win a single ring.

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: July 6, 2010 6:27 pm

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

Your stupidity is astounding.  First off the best city is nothing more than a subjective view that is different for everybody since they judge cities by different criteria.  

Zs for Reinsdorf being cheap, you do realize he gave Jordan a 30 million dollar 1 year contract followed by a 36 million dollar one year contract while going out and signing the best rebounder in the game at the time.


No Reisndorf is far from cheap when it comes to the Bulls.  He may not have a top 10 payroll in baseball but he still puts a winning team out there almost every year.


You really wasted your time in college.

Since: Jun 7, 2010
Posted on: July 6, 2010 6:16 pm

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

If Lebron is not considering leaving Cleveland who can offer him more than any other team. Then why would he be so interested in other teams, I have hard time believing he needs the attention.

Don't be suprised if Lebron, Wade, and Bosh end up in Chicago or Miami. Being in Cleveland is like being in a long term relationship that you realize is just not going to work so your cut your losses.

The # 1 problem is no one wants to come to Cleveland.

Chicago give him the best chance, but can he live up to pressure & expectations.

Also, if he goes to Miami even with Wade they may not be able to win without a big man. 

Since: Jul 21, 2008
Posted on: July 6, 2010 6:03 pm

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

that's funny New York has had crap management for 30 years... that is such an attraction... basketball is not even the most revered sport there so it really does not even make you that big of the deal... the only attraction is there are more people there that have never seen a real yard in their lives there than anywhere else that have nothing to do than watch TV

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: July 6, 2010 5:55 pm

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

letting go of scola, battier and ariza?
that's a pretty hefty offer from houston to toronto.

Since: Jul 30, 2007
Posted on: July 6, 2010 5:55 pm

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

How is New York a No Brainer?  LeBron wants to win now not 5 years down the road.  NY hasnt wont squat since 73.  The last run of a good Knicks team was in the 90s and they still couldn't get it done. If LeBron only cares about money then yes NY the place to go.  If he wants to win and win now the Yankees would have a better shot of signing LeBron.  I would love to see him in Chicago, but I just don't see him leaving Cleveland.

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