Let the Bosh era be over

The Toronto Raptors should trade Chris Bosh while they can get some value for him.
Bosh did the Raptors a big favour by announcing he will not sign a contract extension. It wasn’t a surprise since he followed LeBron James’ lead three years ago. Bosh could have signed a six year contract extension with the club but opted to sign for a shorter term. Why? So he could do exactly what he is doing now.
The move helps the team in two ways. By announcing his decision now, the team has ample time to make a move. The earlier the better as the team will get less value as July 1, 2010 approaches. It helps them in the public’s eye as well. If Bosh walks, a lack of effort by management won’t be the culprit.
Chris Bosh is owed almost 16 million for the 2009-2010 season. On the free agent market, he will command upwards of 20 million per season. Bosh is not worth sacrificing payroll flexibility. He just isn’t that good.
Bosh is a very good player but not a great player. He is an all-star not a superstar. Watching the Likes of LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Carmello Anthony, Dwayne Wade and Dwight Howard strut their stuff in the playoffs is evidence of this. They are a level above Bosh, thus worth the money.
Bosh played very well in the 2008 Olympics. But he had the best players in the world surrounding him. He would be great in a secondary role to a bona fide superstar. Like Scotty Pippen was to Jordan. Like Pau Gasol is to Kobe. He isn’t good enough to lead a team to a title. If the Raptors want to build a championship team, signing Bosh for 17-20 million a year is not the answer.
The 2010 free agent class is shaping up to be the best in NBA history. Amare Stoudemire, Dirk Nowitzki, Paul Pierce, Yao Ming and Mike Redd all have opt out clauses in their contracts. Joe Johnson, Manu Ginobili, Tracy McGrady, Ray Allen, Carlos Boozer and Steve Nash all have expiring contracts. There will be a boat load of talent to choose from if the Raptors want to start over. They need to make the right choice or they will be stuck with a good player taking up most of the salary on a bad team.

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