ESPN is reporting that it seems as though the Raptors are losing interest in doing a sign-and-trade deal with Chris Bosh, as he pursues max money. If a sign-and-trade were to be done, he'd earn $125.5 million dollars over 6 years. If he goes into regular free agency, he will earn $96.4 million dollars over 5 years. It comes out to a 4 million dollar difference over the first 5 years. This is where it gets interesting: Teams that have inquired about a sign-and-trade for Bosh are the Rockets, Spurs, Mavericks, CAVALIERS, and Knicks. Now, a source claims the following 3 things:
1. The Raptors were not impressed with any of the trade offers that were submitted to them.
2. The Raptors were tired and unhappy with Bosh tweeting his free agency business.
3. The source still claims that Bosh, Bron and Wade are ''intrigued'' about playing together, but we all know that won't happen.
A thought came to mind: maybe Bosh knows the only way to get all 3 on the same team is through a sign-and-trade. Now, to me, it's a sign that the Cavs' meeting with Bron did not go well, despite what Cavs people might have said after the meeting with Bron concluded. Why else would Cleveland be pursuing a sign-and-trade AFTER the meeting(this stuff came out a couple of hours after the meeting)? The Cavaliers were the only team of the 6 that met with Bron that were not listed in the article that could afford Bosh in free agency. I think both Bosh and Bron see their options are becoming more and more limited. Here is my analysis based on this information: The Knicks and Clippers are out of it. The Heat have very little chance. I heard the Bulls and Cavs are competing with the Nets for Bron, but if the Cavs can't get Bron a wingman(seeing as how they failed to clear their roster to make room for 2 max guys), that leaves it to the Nets and Bulls. We all know that Bosh would prefer to go wherever Bron goes, and if Wade goes to Chicago, that leaves Bron and Bosh for us.