Chris Bosh said on Thursday that he does not intend to sign a contract extension with the Toronto Raptors this summer. Instead, he left the door open for himself to become an unrestricted free agent after the upcoming season.
Bosh was speaking at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, where he was the celebrity drawmaster for this weekend's Woodbine Oaks race.
"(When) I signed a three-year (extension in 2006)... I had a goal in mind, and that was to put myself in the best position (in 2010) ... I'm thinking I just want to stick to my goal, stick to what I was doing," Bosh told the Canadian Press.
"That's a part of the plan, I just want to address everything next season. There's a reason why I did things the way I did back then."
Bosh did add that he would be open to talking with Raptors President and General Manager Bryan Colangelo about a contract if he was approached. He also said that he would not rule out staying in Toronto after the 2009-10 season.
"I love Toronto. I have friends here, I'm very familiar with the city. People show a lot of love around the city, and I get a lot of respect and I give respect. I don't know if people really know that.
"You know, this is a part of business. I'm just staying down with what I believe in, and what I want to do. It puts pressure on both sides - it puts pressure on me to perform, and it puts pressure on the organization to perform as well. I think when you get that kind of a mix you come up with a win-win situation for both sides."
The 25-year old is already a veteran of five NBA seasons. Should he become a free agent in the summer of 2010, Bosh could join fellow superstars LeBron James of Cleveland and Dwyane Wade of Miami, who are also eligible to test the free agent market.