Bosh Not Handing Out Discounts?
Toronto’s Chris Bosh doesn’t sound like he’ll be giving anyone a discount when he becomes a free agent next summer.
"That’s a good question," Bosh said before his game against the Knicks
– one of his potential suitors – when asked if he’d be willing to
accept something less than a max deal in order to play with better
talent. "I don’t know (laughs). I don’t know about (LeBron James and
Dwyane Wade). I really don’t know. Like I said, it’s a business, so
that would be tough to do. You’d really have to make a big commitment
to do that."
Bosh continues to be lumped in with Miami’s Wade, Cleveland’s James and Atlanta’s Joe Johnson as members of one of the biggest free agent classes in NBA history. Ironically, each player has used the same locker in Madison Square Garden’s visiting locker room.
"They probably did that on purpose," said Bosh.
Bosh continues to be hounded regarding his plans for next year, but maintains that he is primarily focused on basketball. When the subject of next year does cross his mind, Bosh knows that he’ll want to play for the right coach.
"Everybody wants to play for a good coach," Bosh said. "(Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni) gets along well with his players."
Of course, if Bosh does in fact want every dollar that’s coming to him, he may be forced to re-sign. The Larry Bird Clause should give Bosh’s team a $30 million advantage in retaining his services. However, if the Raptors were to trade Bosh before this summer, his new team would hold his Bird rights.
Bosh claims he isn’t interested in trade rumors ("I really can’t worry about that," he said) but there is no doubt that Toronto would be smart to move him if they ever felt he would not re-sign in Canada.