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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: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: July 6, 2010 2:21 pm
 

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

If Chris Bosh wants to play with LeBron James, he'd better agree to such an arrangement. My hunch is, and there is logic to this, is that Bosh is simply saying i'd rather play with LeBron elsewhere, but if Cleveland's keeping him, I want in.



Since: Apr 14, 2008
Posted on: July 6, 2010 2:17 pm
 

Free-Agent Buzz

So does Kobe's presence in LA diminish the contributions of Magic and Kareem to the Lakers?  Was Shaq afraid to go to the Lakers because of Kareem?

LeBron will be a bigger global star than Jordan one day.  That one day comes when he wins a championship and that is unlikely to happen with New York.  His best bet is to go to A) Miami with Bosh and Wade or B) to Chicago with Bosh or Boozer.

It's really that simple.  He stays in Cleveland or goes to New York and he's Karl Malone/Charles Barkley.  He goes somewhere where he can win now and he's Jordan or Kobe.  You really think he's that dumb?



Since: May 26, 2009
Posted on: July 6, 2010 2:10 pm
 

Free-Agent Buzz

If the rumors here are really true than Chicago had better start negotiating with the Raptors ASAP. Cleveland has more movable pieces than do the Bulls. They should have been an ideal sign & trade partner with Toronto. But if Chris Bosh doesn't want to play in Cleveland then it doesn't matter. Chicago needs to step up and make bold offers to Brian Colangelo. Think of a Luol Deng and Jo Noah package. As much as I'd hate to see those guys go the prospect of landing Bosh not only makes our team a whole lot better, but it increases our chances at landing LeBron or even Dwyane Wade.

The pieces seem to be falling in our favor, but we have to act fast before New York strikes again.



Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: July 6, 2010 2:08 pm
 

Free-Agent Buzz

Don't the New York Rangers play in Madison Square Garden romoled?  Why they sure do and they won the Stanley Cup in 1994.  That would be sixteen years ago.  Maybe you meant to say they Knicks have not won a title in over 30 years.  Not that there has not been a title in MSG for over 30 years.  Unless the Rangers get good again I think that total is going to go higher.  Lebron James in not going to the Knicks.



Since: Apr 22, 2009
Posted on: July 6, 2010 2:08 pm
 

Free-Agent Buzz

HA HA HA! Players USED to want to PLAY for the Knicks, but NOT anymore.  Franchise would be in trouble in any other city if it were not for the size of the New York area.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: July 6, 2010 2:06 pm
 

Free-Agent Buzz

Is this over yet...no way Bosh goes to Cleveland....and if James wants to be Karl Malone or Charles Barkley he will stay in Cleveland.




Since: Apr 10, 2008
Posted on: July 6, 2010 2:00 pm
 

Free-Agent Buzz

Let me get this straight, Bosh is dictating to LeBron?  Right...  LeBron is going to sign with Cleveland and have Bosh follow him not the other way around. LeBron signing with any team that takes Bosh will dimish his stock.  The only scenario that works in LeBron's favor is Cleveland.  He resigns, Bosh does a sign and trade.  The King gets his man on his terms not the other way around. 



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: July 6, 2010 1:58 pm
 

Free-Agent Buzz

OR he knows he cant win in NY because there are no other players there.. Amare is ok but thats it.. the organization is garbage.. you Knick fans need to realize that sooner rather then later..



Since: Nov 5, 2006
Posted on: July 6, 2010 1:57 pm
 

Free-Agent Buzz

First of all what are any of you talking about..i can't even believe that Amare signed witht he Knicks..The Knicks are a terrible franchise right now.  This isn't 15 years ago where New York was the team to play for.  Horrible management and coaching.  The only place for Lebron is Cleveland.  That's his hometown and yes they do have the leg up on all other teams in terms of signing him and has of RIGHT NOW they have the best shot at winning a championship compared to all the other teams that are interested in him and that's all he should be concerned about right now: WINNING AN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP!



Since: May 26, 2010
Posted on: July 6, 2010 1:54 pm
 

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Man I am so tired of hearing about the "statue."  If you people really think that Lebron won't sign with Chicago over a statue outside the United Center you need to get a clue.  Of course there is a statue of Jordan outside of the stadium.  He is arguably the greatest NBA player of all time and he helped the Bulls win 6 championships in 8 years.  A lot of stadiums throughout professional sports have statues outside of them.  Those statues have nothing to do with who will or won't play for those teams now or in the future.  So unless Lebron comes out in the media and says the he won't or didn't sign with Chicago because of the statue, please, enough of the statue talk already.

The Knicks lost their opportunity to sign Lebron when they signed Amare.  Lebron doesn't want to play with Amare, he wants to play with Chris Bosh and that can't happen in New York anymore.


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