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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 CBSSports.com 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 CBSSports.com 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.






Comments

Since: Jun 6, 2009
Posted on: July 6, 2010 5:47 pm
 

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

I agree.  I'm a Raptors fan and have resigned myself to the fact that Bosh is leaving but for the big three it should be about the better team to play for rather than the city or statues.  I respect Bosh for wanting to try something else but what's wrong with Cleveland?  I really hate that three players are controlling the free agent market right now.



Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: July 6, 2010 5:40 pm
 

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

Its pretty obvious to this point that LeBron isnt leaving Cleveland. Every team is going to offer him the same thing....a max contract.  Hes not going to make more money anywhere than cleveland and the Cavs are more than willing to get another FA or make some sort of trade to get another player. How much bigger of a star would he be on Madison Avenue?? Hes already on every freaking commercial on TV and is one of the top 3 recognizable faces the NBA has along with Kobe and Wade NYC isnt going to change any of that

NY is no closer to winning a title, neither is Miami or Chicago than Cleveland is so the facts remain that the cavs can offer him more money AND get another player to try and win a title.  all the people who said he couldnt wait to leave the Cavs to join a winner he sure isnt bolting quite yet and i wouldnt bet on it



Since: Jul 23, 2009
Posted on: July 6, 2010 5:35 pm
 

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

I love how this guy states that "Lebron's biggest dream has been to play in NY."  Wow, I didn't know you knew LJ since childhood.  If playing in NY was his biggest dream, why did he grow up a Bulls fan? 

And in terms of the city thing, NYC is great, but still one of the dirtiest cities in the country.  So the city debate is just that...a debate.  Your opinion matters to you, but don't think it's the final say of public perception.

And do you think that he (or any player) wants to push back winning a title any more than he already has?  That argument is just stupid.  It's as if you're saying that he's not competitive and he can just come to the NYK and enjoy the ride until the championship comes to him.  That's a moronic comment.

You're obviously going to be crushed when no one else (especially James) signs with the NYK, but please keep holding your breath.  The Amare lead Knicks are sure to lead you to the promise land real soon.....barring that his uninsurable knees hold up over the life of the contract.



Since: Feb 21, 2009
Posted on: July 6, 2010 5:34 pm
 

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

I completly agree,Bosh would play in Toronto but not Cleveland?The dude seems to have things twisted.Cleveland is the only place for him to get the ocntract and play with his Idol,If I were Labron I would take offence to the fact he's putting down his home...I say Screw you Bosh, you would be lucky if Cleveland took your goofy a$$..The fact that you play a game for a living and make unbelievable  amounts of money, you would think he would be happy with any team willing to give him a multi-million$ contract.
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Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: July 6, 2010 5:17 pm
 

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

Problem with the Mroz man analysis is two words: Labron lacks the balls and Bosh has them.
End of story. Anyone who has watched Bosh play one time can see that he has GUTS.
Labron has thetalent, but without the GUTS, a championship is not in the cards, unless
he has Bosh and at least one more superstore.
(Oh, and Amare, he also lacks the GUTS which the Knick fans will see)
Sadly.



Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: July 6, 2010 5:14 pm
 

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

Romo led....you ....are....1000% (can you say george mcgovern and thomas eagleton real quick like)....correct.
1) New Your, which I HATE, but have to admit: is THE PLACE. (though I am a bulls fan)
2) but, and this is a big but, Labron does lack, how shall we say it, a bit of "intentional fortitude)(at least compared to the guy in the statue outside of the Bulls place)
3) Unfortunately for HIM, if he tees it up with Bosh he will find Bosh has the cahoonas that heseems to be lacking. Sort of like, Jordan and Pippen, except for the roles reversing if you know whatI mean.
Bosh is the REAL deal here. And I think Wade is. Too. 
Labron? Jury is still out on him, as great a talent as he is....hestill ain't no Kobe, let alone a Michael.



Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: July 6, 2010 5:03 pm
 

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

Can somebody please explain to me how LeBron, DWade, Bosh even Darko's contracts are up, and Melo still has another year left when they were all part of the same draft class???



Since: Oct 29, 2008
Posted on: July 6, 2010 4:48 pm
 

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

I definately agree with the first half. Not so sure about the second half. If New York had a center, i think Lebron would be there in a heart beat. Marketing-wise and legacy-wise, new york is the place to be, but the roster just isn't quite there for a championship run. You thik Amare can handle Bynu, and Gasol in the Paint by himself? Let alone Garnett/Perkins or Bosh/Noah in Chicago? As much as I want Lebron to go there, and I think as much as he really wants to go the re too, cause I think he loves the city and we all know how he feels about MSG, I just think that he wants to win, and it will take the Knicks another two years to get a real contender together, when he could go to Chicago or New Jersey or Cleveland and have a legit chance to win a title next year.  



Since: Feb 4, 2008
Posted on: July 6, 2010 4:46 pm
 

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

If ANY OF THESE GUYS REALLY WANTED TO WIN A TITLE...the first thing they'd do is offer their services to Los Angeles LAkers or Boston...where superstar attitudes are subdued by two coaches who know exactly how to make star talent mingle together and perform for the better of each other. If Lebron or Bosh end up with Amare... that DiAntoni ( or however you spell is name )...is just going to turn it into the no defense, circus offense sideshow that he tried to turn The Suns into. IT doesn't win championships and certainly does not fit into LEbron or Bosh's game. Now I know damn well that the Lakers or The Celtics probably don't have any means of signing any of these top dollar free agents without a massive sign/trade...however...I'm just saying...Lebron and company aren't going to win a championship in New York, and especially New JErsey. Maybe...maybe Chicago...because the role players there are solid role basketball players with somewhat of a defensive intensity. IF Riley does really coach than maybe Miami too...but I can't imagine Lebron and Wade truly meshing together offensively. I feel that would quickly turn into a,which- star-can-piss-on-the-co
urt-and
-mark-their-territory-the-best" offensive face off just like the Shaq/Kobe sauga during the season in which they ventually lost the championship to Detroit.



Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: July 6, 2010 4:40 pm
 

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

Bosh needs to go to Houston. Come on, if Yao comes back healthy and they only have to give up either Battier or Ariza with a Scoila on a sign and trade and maybe a draft pick or smaller piece than a lineup of Brooks, Martin, Ariza or Battier, Bosh and Yao can win now. It's also been said before that he will gain a billion fans in China and more than likely all the endorsement deals he can handle instead of playing second fiddle to the big names. He also he won't have to play center and will be back in his home state. I don't see the downside for him.



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