With everybody waiting for the cavalry to arrive, this should come as a short sharp slap in the snoot: There is no cavalry. Only 5-foot-11 Darrick Martin to fill that last space on the Raptors roster, including the inactives (there's a difference?).
The spin is that this is nothing but insurance, as GM Babcock has told our guys in Philly. But the Boy GM is supposed to be out trying to find a big for that last spot, isn't he? I know they're hard to find -- but this is the best he can do?
Martin's claim to fame: he's one of those Vancouver Grizzlies-Raptors guys now, joining the likes of Benoit Benjamin and Aaron Williams. He also played on the Clippers team that lost 17 straight to open the season back in the 1999 demi-season that followed the lockout. He also played on something called the Michigan Mayhem, which sounds like a WHA team but apparently was his last stop. A lateral move, in other words.
So say this for him: he knows misery, this poor man, and he's sure come to the right place for more of that. (And if they need him for more than 10 minutes a night, it's a bad, bad sign).
If this all gets you a little down, J.E. Skeets wants you to dream.