The Miami Heat have confirmed they will no longer keep PF Chris Bosh on their roster for the upcoming NBA season. Although Bosh’s blood clots have returned, he plans to battle through his health problem and make an attempt to play in the NBA once again. While the Bosh and Miami Heat relationship having officially come to an end, let’s look into the potential opportunity of Bosh returning to his old team the Toronto Raptors where he would likely finish out his career.
Despite having health issues, the idea of Bosh returning to the Raptors is not out of the cards. If Bosh were truly unable to ever play in the NBA again he would have retired already. In addition, ever since the Celtics signed KG and Ray Allen we are starting to see these types of scenarios more and more in the NBA where players form “super teams” or players re-sign with the team that drafted them. Obviously, money is a huge factor in dictating that, but if the team can compete for a title then that only adds fuel to a player’s decision. Thankfully, for Bosh, the Raptors are in a position to compete having made the Eastern Conference Finals the previous year only losing to the NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers.
Looking at this situation from the Toronto Raptors perspective, Chris Bosh would be a huge asset to their team if he is able to be fully healthy once again. Combine his versatile offensive and defensive abilities with PG Kyle Lowry and SG DeMar DeRozan this Raptors team could be one to look out for. Plus, Raptors did lose C Bismack Biyombo to the Orlando Magic this off-season, so there is a need for someone like Bosh on their roster. Bosh also brings playoff experience along with, which is what Toronto lacks. Besides Corey Joseph, the Raptors do not have a player who has played in an NBA Finals, so Bosh would only help the Raptors in that regard.
For me, I consider these types of player-team situations like a love story. During a love story, there is always a part where something bad happens, completely altering the rest of the book (Bosh leaves Toronto for Miami) as well as a happy ending in which everything bad that previously happened is forgotten (Bosh returns to Toronto and wins championship).
Even if Bosh were to become healthy and given an opportunity to play in the NBA once again, the Raptors may not be interested in signing him and Bosh may end up signing with another team. However, the idea of Bosh returning to Toronto is really interesting to imagine.