Bosh doesn't want to leave Toronto?

Michael Grange

There is one person pretty sure Chris Bosh won’t be playing for any
team other than the Toronto Raptors after the Feb. 18 NBA trade
deadline: Chris Bosh.

The Raptors had the day off yesterday after their 106-104 win over the New York Knicks last Thursday, the team’s fourth in a row. They have a chance to extend that streak to five Sunday at the Air Canada Centre against the Indiana Pacers.

But the NBA rumour mill never stops. Before Bosh left for New York, the Raptors’ all-star forward was asked if he expected to be traded. He said simply: “I doubt it.”

Asked if he wanted to be dealt, the pending free agent was more emphatic. “No, no, no, no,” he said.

Told of Bosh’s comments, team president Bryan Colangelo said he wasn’t surprised, adding his position regarding his team’s most valuable player hasn’t varied. “I have no intention to move him and have absolutely every intention to keep him long term,” he said.

Colangelo added he expects Raptors owner Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment Ltd. is prepared to become a tax team if it’s required to maintain a competitive position in the NBA’s Eastern Conference.

“They want to win and they’re committed,” Colangelo said. “I’ll leave it at that.”

The Raptors have a payroll of $67.8-million (U.S.) this season. Teams that go over $69.2-million have to pay tax to the league on a dollar-for-dollar basis. They also forgo the opportunity to receive a refund of sorts from the tax gathered, typically about $5-million.

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