Bryan Colangelo Admits That Chris Bosh Is Likely Gone

Bryan Colangelo was on with Mccown and Shannon tonight and well sports fans, he has admitted what many have been saying for some time. It appears that the end of the Chris Bosh era is near. Colangelo didn’t say it was a done deal, but he certainly got pretty damn close.

I’ve transcribed the gist of the conversation for those who can’t listen in…

BC to Mccown- How does it feel to be the last guy standing???

Mccown asks about the rumors

Colangelo “just read hoopworld for the latest gossip”

Colangelo: Bosh is kind of waiting, he said on ESPN- he is going to wait for Lebron to make a decision- anyone who says they know is nonsense- i do feel like i have an insight because I’ve had an opportunity to speak to Chris and his agent- seems to be a little bit of a movement that they all end up in the same spot- I have to be vague- Chris is officially a free agent- he will be exploring his options- I think it is likely that he will leave, the question is will he put us in a position to make a sign and trade scenario so we can get something back

Mccown: Is there anything you can do to influence him

Colangelo: We have our own recruiting, we were going to do a public campaign like Miami did with Dwayne, when we started to turn south, we didn’t feel there was the right tenor in the market so we pulled back, we have our own plan to talk to him either about staying or sign and trade. There is a strategy to what goes on- these reports of set meetings are concerning, no meetings should be set, if any meetings have been set its either illegal or done by word of mouth

Mccown: Could you do something with Hedo, in short order that may influence Bosh’s decision?

Colangelo: Yes and no, turk is moveable, I reserve comment on whether or not I will move him, I am not calling it irreconcilable at some point can’t let too much talent go, I can’t have them both go with not much coming back or we would be really weak- have to deal withone thing at a time. At the draft we landed someone who addresses some needs with or without Bosh. He is good insurance if Bosh leaves. If Bosh leaves I need to see are we getting something back and how to move on that.

Mccown: Have you talked to Chris about how you build the team

Colangelo: I have talked to Chris about every significant transaction that has gone on since I have been here. I can’t say it has been on going lately as he has been persona non grata- he is doing things to keep his name alive, I am not sure his agent has heard from him a lot- there is some frustration from us and probably his agent too. We do communicate with him, we have communicated with him. It remains our intention and desire is to keep him, it just has become more and more clear that it isn’t likely to happen.

Mccown: If Bosh leaves without sign and trade has a deal been broken

No “deal” has been broken- we will see how this plays out- we could have moved him, but it was never the strategy to deal him so we don’t lose him. I still believe that we played the right strategy, instead of making the playoffs, the team tanked and we are in a different set of circumstances – what happens now is out of our control. I still think we have some leverage in the amount of money he would leave on the table. This is special circumstances, he loves this city. He is part of phenomenal situation where teams have enough cap room to sign maybe three stars this is the perfect storm for him to leave and we will have to evolve from it and maybe that evolution started with the draft the other night- not that we have already replaced Bosh.

Mccown: Any plus to not doing a sign and trade?

Colangelo: There are some teams where, you can imagine, and if you read between the lines, owners wouldn’t want to be the guy who traded what could arguably be the best guy in the league away. Here in Toronto we have different circumstances….. If at the very end you get non player assets- such as draft picks or trade exceptions then it is a good thing…..

So, there you have it sports fans. Done deal? Not exactly, but man the writing is certainly on the wall.

By the way, did anyone happen to catch these gems from Steve Simmons on twitter tonight:

“Don’t know what makes less sense: Firing Stellick and Landry or putting Farraway on in the mornings. What’s the goal – zero ratings?”

ouch!

then when asked if he would be interested in a show on the fan:

“Had 3 shows on The Fan. 1 with Mary Ormsby (she was great). 1 with Jim Tatti (he wasn’t). 1 by myself. No interest in doing it now”

ouch again….

More coming…

TSM

@yyzsportsmedia

The PTS interview with Bryan Colangelo is here

COMMENTS

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    Firstly, I owe an apology as earlier today I bought into LeBron/Bosh going to Chicago since Sportsbook has betting lines on both at -500 for them to do so. Sportsbook from what I have seen is a reasonably credible book, but certainly no Pinnacle. That line has been taking down, and is nowhere to be seen. It was likely put up for promotional purposes and had incredibly low betting limits on it if you took them to go to other destinations like Miami which had pretty good payouts.

    I still think that Bosh will end up with either LeBron and/or Wade. Wade ideally would like to stay in Miami and bring in some high end help. If he is unable to get Lebron and Bosh, or at least one of them, then Boozer who is also a good friend of Wade’s, may be going.

    Reality maybe has set in on Bosh that he is not a player to be built around, but one who is a supporting piece. Just speculating, but maybe hearing this directly from LeBron and Wade themselves has changed his perspective on it.

    Obviously a lot of dominos need to fall, and LeBron’s decision will the key one.

    Getting back to Colangelo on McCown, there is no doubt that Colangelo called out Bosh on the air, and expressed a lot of frustration not being able to get a hold of him over the past month. I do find it strange that Bosh has been in touch with Henry Thomas, Bosh’s agent, who Colangelo also said has not been able to reach Bosh, which I find really strange at this point. I wonder if Wade has been incommunicado with Thomas as well, since Thomas represents both.

    Interesting to hear about Turkoglu in Turkey once again talking to the press, this time showing a picture wearing a Raptors jersey and saying he is ready to play ball with the Raps. I wonder if this is the start of a process where Colangelo was unable to move him, and they have a plan in place to start to make amends for last year and somehow win the fans back, since there really is no alternative.

    Bottom line is the Raptors are looking forward to a dismal record next season. It is hard to envision a different scenario at this point but until the roster is set and I see how things are going at the end of training camp I will reserve judgement.

    As long as we are looking at a rebuild I am O.K. with this, but that means moving at least Calderon and getting a lot better on the defensive end. Some deadwood needs to be moved giving our young players a chance to develop and work together. DeRozan, Weems, and likely Johnson who looks to resign with us are solid pieces, but talent wise, we still need a lot of help.

    Colangelo should be be able to pull off a sign and trade with Bosh will reshape the roster quickly again and given that there are likely to be a few teams in the East even more stacked than before let’s get real and not worry about fighting for 8th place again only to be blown away in the first round. This team is crying out for a proper rebuild.

    Is Colangelo able to sell MLSE on it, and still get a new contract himself? Time will tell. The good news is we drafted for defense and have two good building chips for the future. Davis still needs time to develop and hopefully that is a sign we are in rebuild mode.

    Asking Colangelo to build a team that is not soft and focused on jump shooting but can play defense, defend the perimeter, the paint, rebound on both ends of the court, is asking a lot though as it has never been a trademark of teams he has built. This is the bigger issue. Colangelo is not the right GM for where our team is at now, and that is all his fault.

    Should Colangelo not be resigned, I am hoping that he does not take a win now philosophy. He has already bailed out Miami with the O’Neal move, giving them cap relief now and hurting our cause, and draft choices also he has been too ready to give away. His successor regardless will face numerous challenges to get us back on track.

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    Al from Burlington11 years ago

    I do not follow Basketball, and I do not know if this team is poorly managed or not, but it really seems like they are always in a constant state of flux, with no real direction. My understanding was Colangelo came here with a pretty solid resume of building teams which has not panned out here. Does he need to be replaced?

    Will Toronto fans give up on the Raptors if it is another disappointing season?

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    I am not a basketball guy either….If Bosh is driven by money, won’t that play a huge factor into where he goes i.e. a team that has something very appealing to give back to the Raps? Otherwise, the Raps should just let him go and use the money elsewhere (and not take crap back)….The next question is….are there FA alternatives where the money can be spent?