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Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

Posted on: July 6, 2010 1:02 pm
Edited on: July 6, 2010 3:46 pm
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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.






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Since: Jul 6, 2010
Posted on: July 7, 2010 10:01 am
 

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

The Knicks and Bulls CANNOT happen for LBJ...and the simple reason is money.  Cleveland can pay more and more importantly the tax structure of NYC and Chicago is crippling.  He would only keep 39% of what he earned.  We are talking big boy money here...why throw that money away at the government???  I could have seen Miami, any team in Texas, etc...but not the high tax cities.  It has been the Knicks biggest problem for years.




Since: Jul 6, 2010
Posted on: July 7, 2010 9:56 am
 

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

The obvious reason that NY makes ZERO sense is that he makes less money than if he stays in Cleveland AND (most importantly) the tax structure of NYC cripples his earnings.  Keeping under 39% of earned income is a joke.  The Knicks will always have this issue...and will lead to 30 more years of futility. 



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: July 6, 2010 11:10 pm
 

Bosh has completely ticked me off.

His crappola effort at the end with hsi broken cheedk killed Toronto and he dissed his team unlike anyhone else in free agency. He overates him self. He is no James and no Wade.

Now he wants t call the tunes. Screw him, I hope he ends up on a last place team. I would not want this luggage if I was Lebron. Get Lee or Boozer and a better point guard..forget Bosh... he is goign to be a loser IMO in his career. Do not like the guy

PLus, he lacks any understanding of loyalty to your own fans. I hope he gets booed the rest of his career when he visits the cities where he tried to get their top players to leave .. TORONTO, Cleveland etc...what a jake



Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: July 6, 2010 11:10 pm
 

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

Ya... NYs taxes would be enticing to anyone.



Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: July 6, 2010 10:55 pm
 

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

I like it when people say some one is arguably the greatest. Cuz really every ones arguably the greatest some just have a better argument than others hahahahaha!




Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: July 6, 2010 10:16 pm
 

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

And they would give up 130 points per game. D'Antoni's teams will never achieve the next level until they embrace the concept of defense. THAT is why Stoudemire is a perfect fit in NY. D'Antoni doesn't require defense and Stoudemire doesn't play it. And your scenario has the Knicks with 3 players taking up $48 mil of the available $59 mil of cap space. That leaves 12 guys to split $10 mil? Did you want anyone else on this fantasy team?

Why are the Knicks crapping on David Lee. Lee's stats are actually better than Bosh's. Lee has improved every year, he doesn't require the ball/ take away from anyone's game and he's not afraid to play hard. The Knicks need so much, they're five years away from anything even if they make all the right moves. The Nets will make the playoffs before the knicks.



Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: July 6, 2010 9:59 pm
 

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

Take your word on it that "FLORIDA SUCKS"?  And why would anyone in thier right mind take your word for it?  At least here in Orlando we are not looking for Lebron James to come here.  He sucks when you get right down to it.  He will always be a first round loser has been.  You are the typical New York fan though.  As far as being in the shadow of MJ, lets just say LJ has a long, long way to go before he can even spit shine MJ's titles.   



Since: Feb 20, 2007
Posted on: July 6, 2010 9:28 pm
 

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

When push comes to shove and the Cavs sign LeBron, Bosh will jump through any hoop imaginable to not only play with LBJ but to max out with a $126 million dollar contract at the same time.

GUARANTEED!



Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: July 6, 2010 9:27 pm
 

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

Update from Dugout Sports Show.....Chris Bosh to Miami possibly tonight. Updated on his twitter account 1 hr. ago. Let's hope this is true. So far he has been good on his updates. Laughing . Not sure if its it through sign and trade, but it makes since Mia is trying to trade beasley to dallas. 

LETS GO HEAT!!!

THE QUICKER WE GET THIS DONE, THE QUICKER WE GET WADE BACK!!



Since: Jan 22, 2008
Posted on: July 6, 2010 8:57 pm
 

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

Out of his mind to play in Chicago?   Does Kobe stand under Magic Johnson's shadow?  Does Magic stand under Kareem's shadow?  Does Kareem stand under Wilt Chamberlain's shadow?  If all the haters outside of Chicago don't want us to be a powerhouse again, please come up with some better excuse to not play here.   We can never have another superstar?  Amare is awesome, but he won't have Steve Nash in New York.  They won't have any defense either under D'Antoni's system.  Amare was better off in Phoenix where they made the Western Conferece Finals.


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