Oh, Canada: Has Bosh played his final game?
Chris Bosh(notes) will miss at least a week after having surgery to
repair his broken nose, and around the NBA everyone is asking the same
question: With only four games remaining and his team tenuously clinging
to the Eastern Conference’s eighth and final playoff seed, has Bosh
already played his final game for the Toronto Raptors?
Bosh will be a free agent this summer and given the Raptors’ struggles this season, there’s growing sentiment within in the league that the All-Star forward is among the players most likely to switch teams. Toronto has one huge card it can play: Bosh can receive an extra year on his contract (worth some $28 million) if he re-signs with the Raptors. Even still, that could only spur him to be that much more aggressive about seeking a sign-and-trade deal elsewhere.
Publicly, Bosh has been noncommittal when discussing his future, saying only that he will assess his options at the end of the season. “I don’t know how it’s going to go,” he said a month ago.
But has the future suddenly arrived for the Raptors? An inadvertent elbow from Cleveland Cavaliers forward Antawn Jamison(notes) to the right side of Bosh’s face on Tuesday night has cast into doubt whether he will play again this season. And Bosh’s teammates acknowledged they’ll have to make their playoff push without him.
“As silly as this may sound, with Chris going down,” Raptors point guard Jarrett Jack(notes) told reporters in Cleveland, “it creates an opportunity for somebody to step up.”
That somebody could be the same somebody the Raptors might have to lean upon should Bosh leave this summer: Andrea Bargnani.