Thanks for letting Toronto get on with its depressing basketball life, CB4. Chris Bosh announced today he’s heading to Miami to team up with Dwyane Wade, who’s also announced he’s re-upping with the Heat. No word yet on whether it’s a sign-and-trade, but ESPN.com is reporting the Raptors are actively exploring the option.
In the end, it was expected and makes a whole lot of sense for Bosh. What was there for him in Toronto? And just as important, what was there for us? Bosh spent seven years in Toronto and led the Raptors to a .500+ record once, earning two playoff appearances and three total playoff wins. It wasn’t happening with him as the number one, and that wasn’t about to change. It wouldn’t have happened anywhere else with him running the show, either. Credit to Bosh for recognizing that and opting to play with Wade. The Heat become instant Eastern Conference contenders and may just be ready to be crowned the 2011 Champs if LeBron James decides to join forces with Flash and CB. The King is set to announce where he’ll play tomorrow night on ESPN, by the way — I’m guessing Miami, too.
If you ask me right now, I’m not mad at Bosh. Like I said, it made sense. Plus, it helped to have a couple years to prepare for this. Bryan Colangelo had a shot to make a move, opted not to, and here’s where we stand. A shot at Colangelo right there? Yeah, maybe, but he’s made a few worse moves than not dealing Bosh. In his defence, the way the Raps were rolling February would’ve been enough for me to hold on to the big man if I was in his position.
Of course, Colangelo’s work isn’t done — if LeBron picks the Heat, Miami will be looking to shed some major salary and the Bosh deal will almost certainly turn into a sign-and-trade. As big of a washout Michael Beasley has been in his first two years, I’d take a shot on him in Toronto. After all, there’s not much to lose, especially with his rookie contract still intact. Either way, this figures to be the start of a busy summer for Colangelo & co. Let’s see what happens!