The Raptors would agree to a sign-and-trade deal that would make Chris Bosh a Cleveland Cavalier, according to ESPN sources.
So what’s holding it back? Bosh doesn’t seem to want to play in Cleveland. According to the report, Bosh would rather play with Lebron in a different city, namely Chicago, Miami or New Jersey.
The Toronto Raptors have told the Cleveland Cavaliers they will do a sign-and-trade with them for Bosh, according to several league sources.
The exact details of the potential trade have not been solidified, but Toronto likely would get Anderson Varejao and/or J.J. Hickson, Delonte West and perhaps Anthony Parker. A draft pick could be involved as well.
ESPN NBA insider Chris Broussard says he thinks LeBron James is leaning towards staying in Cleveland. Chris Bosh wants to play with James but would rather do it in a bigger city than Cleveland.
Both James and Bosh are aware that such a trade is possible, and James has tried to recruit Bosh to the Cavaliers several times in the past few weeks, according to sources.
But right now, Bosh remains cold to the idea of playing in Cleveland.
The Cavaliers are hopeful that will change, because in Cleveland, Bosh can meet two of his top priorities: playing with James, and getting a six-year, $125 million contract.
Responding to the ESPN report, Cavs beat reporter Brian Windhorst tweeted, “From what I hear Raptors & Cavs not as far down line on sign-and-trade as is being reported. There have been some talks, not serious yet.”
Anyway, where did all this “Bosh definitely wants to play with Lebron” stuff come from? Didn’t Bosh say a couple weeks ago he wanted to be the main star wherever he went? I don’t get how quickly and drastically that has changed. Now, all of a sudden, every report assumes he wants to latch onto a superstar and ride his coattails.
If this sign-and-trade ever happened, the deal would make the Cavs better. Obviously. But the Cavs landing Bosh and keeping Lebron wouldn’t be as devastating to the East as, say, Lebron and Bosh joining Rose and Noah in Chicago.
Wherever they go, I can’t wait until these stars sign so they can stop hi-jacking ESPN 24/7.