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Raptors Re-Sign Bosh to Multi-Year Contract Extension

(July 14, 2006) -- The Toronto Raptors announced Friday they have signed all-star forward Chris Bosh to a multi-year contract. The extension will begin with the 2007-08 season, and per team policy, financial details were not disclosed.

Bosh also announced that he has made a one million dollar charitable commitment to various community legacy programs consistent with the mission statement of the Chris Bosh Foundation and The Raptors Foundation.

“Signing Chris Bosh to this contract extension was the top priority of this off-season and it solidifies our plan to make him the cornerstone of this franchise,” said Bryan Colangelo, president and general manager of the Raptors. “As exemplified in his one million dollar charitable commitment today, Chris is a special young man, both on and off the basketball floor. We are blessed to have him as part of this organization and community.”

Bosh earned all-star status last season as he increased his single-season averages in eight categories, including points, rebounds and minutes. He averaged team highs of 22.5 points (14th in the NBA), 9.2 rebounds (12th) and 39.3 minutes (11th), along with 2.6 assists in 70 games, all as a starter. He was the only player in the NBA last season to average more than 22.0 points, and shoot better than .500 from the field and .800 at the foul line. He paced the team in scoring 37 times and in rebounding on 46 occasions. He scored 20 or more points a team-best 50 times, including six games of 30-plus. He posted a career-high 37 points at Detroit on December 27.

Bosh established a team record last season for free throws made (437) and attempted (551). He recorded a team-high 32 double-doubles (14th in the NBA), including a stretch of seven consecutive contests (November 7-20). He recorded his 77th career double-double March 24 versus Minnesota to post the fourth-highest total in league history for a player on or before their 22nd birthday.

Bosh was a member of the Eastern Conference All-Star Team that defeated the Western Conference, 122-120, February 19 in Houston in the league’s annual all-star game. He totaled eight points and eight rebounds in 16:35 minutes.

In March, Bosh was named to the USA Senior Men’s Program. He will compete in the World Games in Japan in August and the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

In 226 career games, including 214 starts, he has averaged 16.8 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.32 blocks and 36.6 minutes.

Bosh averaged 16.8 points, and team highs of 8.9 rebounds, 1.40 blocks and 37.2 minutes in 81 games in 2004-05. He led the team in scoring 21 times and in rebounding in 46 games. He participated in the got Milk? Rookie Challenge during all-star weekend where he totaled 26 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.

Bosh was the fourth overall selection by the Raptors in the 2003 NBA Draft. In his initial campaign, he earned first-team All-Rookie honours with averages of 11.5 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.41 blocks and 33.5 minutes in 75 games. He set a franchise record for rebounds in a rookie season with 557.