THE CANADIAN PRESS
TORONTO — Chris Bosh has reportedly narrowed down the teams he’d like to play for next year, and the list included the Toronto Raptors.
According to several reports, Bosh’s agent has told the Raptors the star forward would like to go to the Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat or New York Knicks should he decide not to re-sign with Toronto.
The story was first reported on ESPN.com.
Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo said after the season he would like to retain Bosh, who established career highs in points (24.0) and rebounds (10.8), was voted to his fifth all-star game and became the franchise leader in scoring and rebounding.
The 25-year-old will likely opt out of the final year of his current contract, making him an unrestricted free agent July 1.
"It’s the biggest unknown in our situation right now," Colangelo said at the time. "I still embrace the notion and fully intend to talk about him staying a Raptor, and talk about the possible success that we can have here, and why Toronto is the right place for Chris Bosh. That will all happen in due time."
If Bosh can’t be re-signed, Colangelo has said he won’t hesitate to pull the trigger on a sign-and-trade arrangement that would likely see Bosh get a maximum contract, while the Raptors ended up with players, draft picks or both.