t unlike LeBron, Bosh said he doesn’t think two weeks ahead — much less where he might be playing in two years.
Toronto will have an advantage. Because of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the Raptors can offer 10 percent more per season, which could be nearly $30 million more. That’s why many free agents in the 2010 class might re-sign with their current teams.
Money won’t be the only factor. Bosh said playing for a playoff contender with a bright future will figure into his decision. Since he played at Dallas Lincoln High School, Thunder fans might like to think Bosh might be tempted to play in Oklahoma City, near his hometown.
It’s doubtful the Thunder can sign Bosh, James, Dwyane Wade or Amare Stoudemire. But you never know. Presti is clearing about $40 million of cap space for the 2010-11 season.
In line for another high draft pick next June, Oklahoma City should add another talented, young player to the foundation of Kevin Durant, Jeff Green and Russell Westbrook. But to land a quality free agent, the Thunder might need to start winning to convince a player this is a team on the rise.
"There are a lot of variables,” Presti said. "But clearly, you always want to put together the most attractive situation you can. You want to put together a competitive team every year. That helps you not just in free agency but in all other aspects of your business.”