ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith caused quite an uproar on Monday when he said that Chris Bosh could be traded before the NBA’s deadline on February 19th because not only are the Raptors a putrid 19-30, but because Bosh had already told the Raptors there was no way he was staying in Toronto after his contract expired next season. You can see the video of Smith’s report here. Now what Smith didn’t do is say who his sources for Bosh’s admission to the team were. Maybe it was the cheese doodles?
Now as you’d expect, the Raptors weren’t very happy about Smith’s report, seeing as how they were proclaiming that Bosh had never said anything of the sort to the team, and they weren’t about to trade the centerpiece of their franchise. Now Bosh himself is coming out and saying that he’s never told the team he plans on leaving after next season, and basically that Smith is making the whole thing up.
“No. No. No. I have not told him that,” Bosh said, shooting down the report.
“It was a surprise to me. I can’t be responsible for what people say. I understand that people are entitled to their opinion. But making stuff up, we can’t do that. Let’s all be fair.”
Now it should be pointed out that just because Bosh has never said he’s leaving Toronto after next season, that doesn’t mean it isn’t true. While he goes about denying he’s ever said it, he never makes any declarations about his desire to stay in Toronto.
The truth is that Bosh will be a highly sought after commodity amongst the amazing Class of 2010 NBA Free Agents, and somebody is going to offer him a boatload of money. Toronto is a beautiful city and everything, but it doesn’t have the same appeal as somewhere like Miami or Bosh’s hometown of Dallas.