Of the major free agents that will be available in less than ten days, the one player that at this stage is more than likely to leave his current team is Chris Bosh. I don’t think the Raptors expect for him to return, and really, the only question will be does he go somewhere as a #2 or to be the #1. If it’s the latter, the question will then shift to “is he actually a #1?”
A lot of the talk centered on Bosh is that he would follow either Dwayne Wade or Lebron James, and be their version of Pau Gasol. He might also join Pau Gasol with the Lakers in a sign and trade for Andrew Bynum. I’m not sure the last scenario would work because I’m not sure if Bosh would make a good compliment, but I wouldn’t put it past the Lakers to try it, they aren’t opposed to breaking up a championship team.
If I were Bosh, I would follow Lebron to the Knicks or Wade to the Heat. He would be teamed with an elite player, and likely be put in a position to be on a contending team for a long time, much like Gasol is with the Lakers. Plus he won’t have the pressure of being the #1 guy. Bosh has lived in near anonymity since coming into the league, so being thrust into the position of being THE guy on a team where people care might not be an easy transition, and there have been rumors that Bosh preferred to be the #2 on a really good team instead of being the #1 on a mediocre team like he is now. However, it appears those rumors were not true.
"I'm not an addition. I'm a centerpiece."
That is what Bosh said to Art Garcia of NBA.com, which now makes me think that he will choose to go on his own, as opposed to following James or Wade this summer. This isn’t a big surprise. He has an ego, and if he were to win a championship he wants to be the first player interviewed, not the second, but there is a question that needs to be asked: Can Chris Bosh be the centerpiece of a championship team? I don’t think he can be. All you have to do is look at his career in Toronto to figure that out.
Bosh has been in the league for 7 seasons. He has made the playoffs twice. He hasn’t won a playoff series, he really has never even come close either. In ’07 he lost to the Nets in 6 games, despite having home court advantage, then the next season Orlando beat him in 5. With Bosh as its best player the last 7 years, not only did the Raptors not win a playoff series, but 5 times they missed the playoffs entirely. Lets compare those 7 seasons to the 3 other stars that were taken in that draft (James, Wade, and Carmelo Anthony).
Anthony has never missed the playoffs. Wade missed once, and that was when he barely played in the ’07-’08 season, but he has won a championship, and James has made the playoffs the last 5 seasons, so of the four, which doesn’t belong? I don’t want to hear about his team not being good either because the Raptors have had talent, especially the last few years, and you can’t tell me that Wade’s teams that last 2 years have had more talent than Toronto, and somehow they have made the playoff comfortably each of the last two seasons.
Bosh has been the clear-cut centerpiece in Toronto for 7 years, and the Raptors have underachieved, so what makes anyone think that won’t happen if he moves on and becomes the clear-cut centerpiece for a Lebron-less Knicks team or the Nets? Following Lebron or Wade would be the best move for Bosh, but if his ego won’t allow for that to happen he should go to someplace like Chicago or Houston where the drop-off between him and the #2 won’t be as big.