If Chris Bosh decides to leave Toronto, the Blazers should go after him

Geoffrey C. Arnold, The Oregonian

Chris Bosh admires the Blazers for their ability to continue winning games despite injuries and adversity.

"They’ve had a lot of injuries, but they’ve weathered the storm," Bosh
said before Portland beat Toronto 109-98 Sunday night. "They find ways
to win. That’s what this league is all about."

The Raptors hope to overcome their own adversity and convince Bosh to stay in Toronto.

Bosh, who likely will be one of this summer’s most coveted free agents, is keeping his options open. If the Raptors continue to fade and miss the playoffs, his decision could be much easier.

If Bosh does become a free agent, the Blazers should make a serious effort to sign him.

The 6-foot-10, 210-pound Bosh is averaging 24.1 points and 11.2 rebounds per game and, with Memphis’ Zach Randolph, is one of two players averaging at least 20 points and 10 rebounds per game this season.

Bosh is a four-time All-Star and member of the gold medal-winning 2008 U.S. Olympic team.

Bosh and the Blazers don’t sound optimistic that Portland could be a potential destination for him.

"I think they’re already set. Especially with the acquisition of (Marcus) Camby, and they have LaMarcus (Aldridge)," Bosh said. "They’re pretty much locked up at the four position."

The Blazers also do not have enough room under the NBA’s salary cap to sign a free agent of Bosh’s stature.

The Blazers’ scenario could change, though, if Bosh tells the Raptors that he is opting out of his contract and will not return to Toronto. And with the way the Raptors are playing these days — five straight losses and nine losses in their last 10 games — that’s not a far-fetched possibility.


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