There is going to be a lot of wheeling and dealing this summer in the NBA as there will be some big name free agents available to the highest bidder.
It is no secret that the majority of NBA franchises with money to spend this summer will be going after the one and only LeBron James, but there is also a lot of interest in one of the best big men in the game today in the Toronto Raptors Chris Bosh.
Even though July 1st is rapidly approaching, Chris Bosh has still keep his plans secret, at least until now when he says he has narrowed his options to just five teams.
Chris Bosh’s Five Team Wish List
Los Angeles Lakers
Even though the Los Angeles Lakers would be an ideal place of Chris Bosh to play considering it would be the best chance of him winning an NBA title, the chances of him ending up playing alongside Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol are somewhat slim as they would not be able to pay him the money he might want.
Chris Bosh is max deal kind of player and will get paid where ever he might end up, but not in Los Angeles unless the Lakers pull off a sign-and-trade deal by sending Andrew Bynum and some other players to Toronto in exchange for the versatile All-Star forward.
If Bosh does end up in Los Angeles, the Lakers would be damn near unstoppable as they would hands down be the most talented team in the NBA with four viable first option guys in Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom and Chris Bosh.
The Chicago Bulls would be a good fit for Chris Bosh as he would be that dominant scorer that this young team has been sorely missing. With Derrick Rose running the point and Joakim Noah playing alongside Chris Bosh in the paint, the Bulls would without a doubt be a force to be reckoned with in the Eastern Conference once again.
Like most teams with money to spend this summer, LeBron James will be the Chicago Bulls number one target, but Bosh would be a great addition to the team if they can’t land King James.
New York Knicks
There is no other team in the league that will have more money to spend this summer than the New York Knicks. It has been a long time since the Knicks were a force to be reckoned with in the East, but they are planning to change that this summer with some major additions to their roster.
The Knicks already have Tracy McGrady ready to come back and for a serious pay cut, but they will need a big name player like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade or Chris Bosh to really get things going moving forward.
The one advantage that the Knicks have over the Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Clippers this summer is the fact that they will be able to sign not just one, but two big name free agents to max deals.
Obviously, the one player they will be going after more than any other is LeBron James, but Chris Bosh is rumored to be the other max deal free agent they are looking at as a teammate for King James.
The Miami Heat will have one goal in mind this summer and that is keeping Dwyane Wade in a Heat uniform for the foreseeable future. The only way they are going to do that is by surrounding him with some big name talent and creating a title contending team moving forward.
Now the Heat do have one thing going for them in their search for some teammates for Wade and that is their location. Much like Los Angeles, Miami is pretty comfortable living when it comes to weather and nightlife, but it still remains to be seen whether or not they can convince some of the best and brightest the league has to offer to play for them.
Rumors of Amare Stoudemire and Carlos Boozer possibly signing with Miami has
been flying around all season, but Chris Bosh now seems like a more likely candidate as he has put them on the final five team list.
Before the NBA regular season began, I thought that Chris Bosh was going to stay in Toronto for the rest of his career, but after a disastrous end to the season and seemingly no hope for the future in terms of free agents, the Raptors have most likely lost their face of the franchise.