Colangelo continues sales pitch to land Bosh

Mon Apr 19, 2010 5:42pm EDT
 
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By Steve Keating

TORONTO (Reuters) - The Toronto Raptors' future looked as clouded as the skies over Iceland on Monday as general manager Bryan Colangelo delivered a season-ending post-mortem that included a well worn sales pitch to Chris Bosh.

With Bosh, the franchise leader in points and rebounds, set to test the free agent waters it looks an anxious time for Toronto basketball fans as they wait to see what the all-star will do on July 1 when the wheeling and dealing begins.

Colangelo has made it his number one goal to have Bosh back in a Raptors uniform next season but the player has made it equally clear he wants to see what other opportunities may be out there for an Olympic gold medal-winning forward.

"I still fully intend to talk about him staying a Raptor and the things that might happen with this team should he stay, the success we could have here and why Toronto is the right place for Chris Bosh," Colangelo told reporters.

"That's the big unknown.

"He negotiated for the flexibility, he's got it as do others and they are going to take their time.

"We remain Chris Bosh's best option to maximize his contract potential.

"Whether or not he signs a maximum deal to stay here or goes out on the market and still gets that maximum deal and we work out a sign and trade.   Continued...

 
<p>Toronto Raptors' Chris Bosh looks on as his team plays the New York Knicks during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Toronto April 14, 2010. REUTERS/Mark Blinch</p>