Sun-Sentinel: The Raptors Sold Out Their Fanbase In Bosh Trade
From Colangelo, the discussion in a radio interview was about Bosh failing to push through injury during a playoff chase that ended one game shy of a postseason berth.
Such charges are serious, and worthy of further investigation, perhaps to confirm the teams' suspicions, perhaps to finally put all these conspiracy theories to bed well in advance of the start of training camp.
A $100,000 NBA fine silenced Gilbert, and Bosh took care of his own silencing with his rebuttal to Colangelo's comments on an appearance on a Canadian cable outlet Thursday.
But if the indignation is sincere, if the Cavaliers and Raptors truly believe there was some sort of before-the-fact chicanery involved, then why not take a stand? Why not show your fans that your franchise will not be trampled by those who you contend chose not to play by the rules?
Why? Because the Cavaliers and Raptors sold out such righteous indignation for packages of draft choices.
On the night that James and Bosh were being introduced at AmericanAirlines Arena, the Raptors and Cavaliers were finishing off arrangements with the Heat for sign-and-trade agreements.
For the Raptors, the NBA's version of an out-of-court settlement was two future first-round picks from the Heat.
For the Cavaliers, it was two future first-rounders and two future second-rounders.
Every team apparently has its price.