Toronto Raptors: Chris Bosh wants to make a comeback but at what cost?


Chris Bosh has made it known that he wants to make a comeback but for the former Toronto Raptors player, it is not a simple decision.

It has been two years since Chris Bosh last played in the NBA, but the former Toronto Raptors power forward is not ready to close the door on his basketball career.

The 11-time All-Star made an appearance on ESPN’s First Take and did not hold back when asked about his desire to get back on the hardwood:

"“I’ve been in the gym. I can still play basketball. No, I’m not done yet. Yeah, I’m trying to come back,” he said to Stephen A. Smith."

Bosh was forced to step away after blood clots that went from his leg to his lungs. He failed a physical with the Miami Heat but still made it known he wanted to play, even with the major health risks that come with it.

The 33-year-old acknowledged the health risks attached with his condition, but does not seem worried about it.

“I’m not going to be in a position where I’m risking my life,” the Dallas-native said. “So if I ever get back on the court like that and people are worried, it’s not going to be a life-risking situation.”

In 13 NBA seasons, seven with the Raptors, Bosh has averaged 19.2 points and 8.5 rebounds in his career.

The question that will likely be debated is if Bosh does get cleared to return to playing, where does he land and at what cost?

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It would be a serious risk for any team to give Bosh a chance, considering the long layoff from playing and whether they want the liability that comes with his health concerns.

When it comes to when he wants to come back Bosh did say that since rosters have not been filled out, he would like to return this season but wants to be back next season for sure.

When asked by Smith about where he would want to go, Bosh made it clear as reported by the Score.

"“A winning situation. … Top three,” he said of his hopeful landing spot. “I would say right now Houston, Golden State, man, Toronto’s playing well right now, you gotta put them in the top three.”“You would go back to Toronto?” Smith asked.“I didn’t say that, you asked me who my top three was. … I’m a free agent: whoever makes me the best deal,” Bosh said."

Bosh left the Raptors to join the “Big 3” in Miami and won two NBA championships, so there is that experience he can bring to a team. Whether any of those teams that are contending would take a chance on Bosh is tough to say.

When it comes to his thoughts on the Raptors he knows there was something left to be desired.

Bosh was also asked whether he would choose the Raptors over the Cleveland Cavaliers, to which he responded, “whoever makes me the best offer.”

The obvious issue for the Raptors is they are not going to be able to guarantee Bosh a spot in the lineup and they are close to the luxury tax, so he won’t get a big offer (no team will be rushing to offer him a lot of money now).

Even then, a team’s medical staff would have to clear Bosh to return and unless another doctor can give him a clean bill of health, expectations have to be tempered a bit. All it does is provide the possibility of a good comeback story and reunion that seems like a pipe dream at this point.

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