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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.

Akron Buckeye
Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: July 6, 2010 4:36 pm
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Since: Jul 6, 2010
Posted on: July 6, 2010 4:33 pm

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

NYC is a great place, of course, but just going to New York won't be enough for Lebron to be "known as the greatest player ever". If Lebron wanted to be known as the greatest ever, he would have a mid-range game and post-up game by now. Name me one SG or SF that could deal with him in the post. There aren't any. Yet Lebron prefers to either shoot threes or go to the rack. There is nothing in between with him. As a Knicks fan, you should know that if King James had a little Bernard King in him, there wouldn't be a ceiling for him.

Anyway, most of your arguments are specious and are just based on a biased opinion. Lebron's pressure will be through the roof no matter where he goes or stays. Can he win, did he pick wisely, etc. Jordan's statue has nothing to do with it.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: July 6, 2010 4:24 pm

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

what if the knicks got james this year with amare, then next season got hometown hero carmelo anthony somehow. amare, james, anthony running and gunning in dantoni's system would be incredible.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: July 6, 2010 4:10 pm

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

Why is it that everyone thinks LBJ will be intimidated by Jordan?  If that is the case, why does anyone sign with the Yankees?  Texiera will never live up to expectation of Gherig.

Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: July 6, 2010 4:06 pm

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

I don't blame Bosh at all for not wanting to go to Cleveland - that city sucks compared to Miami and Chicago by a wide margin.  New Jersey should be below the bottom of the barrel too.  Why he has Cleveland below Jersey is beyond me.  Both 'bron and Bosh know they need each other, and I think they'll both end up in Cleveland when its all done for the main reason that Bosh wants the additional $29 million that Toronto can get him via sign and trade.  Toronto should NOT back down and should accommodate Bosh in a way that sets them up best for future success.  

Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: July 6, 2010 4:04 pm

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

Chris Bosh is OVER-RATED!!! He's an immature punk who throws a fit when things don't go his way.  Yeah, he's got skills but he quits on his teammates and doesn't care about nothing but himself.  He is exactly the kind of player that gives the NBA it's bad name.  "I wanna play with Lebron, but not in Cleveland."  That statement, if true, proves how infantile he is.  If you really want to play with the best, then you play wherever the best wants to play, NOT WHERE YOU WANT TO MR. BOSH!!  I'm so glad the Knicks chose to sign Amare instead of that dope. 

Also, to the guy who said LeBron doesn't wanna play with Amare.  How do you know this? Are you LeBron's buddy?  Talk about someone who just likes to hear himself talk.  My opinion, Lebron would pair up much better with Amare than Baby Bosh.


Since: Jun 24, 2010
Posted on: July 6, 2010 4:03 pm

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

Jesus tapdancing Christ I can't take it anymore. I'm and NBA lifer and a diehard Bulls fan BUT unlike mot Bulls fans I was eight when Jordan offed B.Russell in Game 6, I fell in love that day, irreversibly with pro basketball and more importantly my Bulls. I didn't actually follow and understand the NBA until Elton Brand arrived and I had a player to enjoy. Since then my Bulls have won one friggin playoff series and the highlight of my fandom involved Game 6 of a first round series. NOW...with a true game changing, hometown, and a roster of promising youngsters (Noah, Gibson) we provide the best oppurtunity for Dwayne Wade and/or Lebron to win a championship. Or at least that's what I keep repeating to myself since Boston ended the crappy Cavs 61 win season. Now with no news and little action (we all knew Dirk and Pierce would return; Amare to the Knicks was telegraphed 2 years ago; Joe Johnson coming back to Atlanta made sense even if giving a player 3454320034 million dollars despite shooting 30 percent in the semi-finals doesn't make sense). Just gice it to me straight Lebron...and Wade...oh you to Bosh...

Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: July 6, 2010 4:03 pm

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

hmmmm.  Boston a few years ago was garbage they were getting ready to fire the brass.......everything you are saying about the knicks was boston.......then they signed a few guys.....remember idiot? know what happened next.

St.Louis Sooner
Since: Apr 20, 2010
Posted on: July 6, 2010 3:51 pm
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Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: July 6, 2010 3:22 pm

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

not to be a jerk, but if thats the case, why did you even read the article???

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