The home PC blew up this morning -- so no morning links, for now or until it's fixed or replaced (*sigh*). (Actually, it wasn't that dramatic. It just kinda sat there, all dressed up but doing nothing. Sort of like Loren Woods).
So I'm doing this blogging thing catch as catch can. And off Friday's posting on the Raptors' Mike James, e-mailer Bernie Lee asks the question:
"Why not just resign him themselves in the off-season?"
Good question. Let's throw it open. There are a number of options here, plus the hands-off approach (do nothing and hope you can sign him next summer) that isn't included because it makes such little sense and besides, it's been done (Donyell Marshall, 'member?).
Which option makes the most sense to you, and what can you hope to get if:
1. You commit yourself to trading Mike James at the February 19 deadline?
2. You shop James at the deadline, but only jump at a deal if it involves a big man who can provide immediate help? (This is the option I implied on Friday, while not being this specific. My bad.)
3. You decide to keep Mike James for a playoff run, and save any trade possibilities for the summer and a sign-and-trade deal? (It's highly unlikely, in other words, that he's going to stay in Toronto.)
4. You tell Mike James and anyone else who asks that you intend to sign him to the first long-term, big-money deal of his career this summer, and he's not going anywhere, figuring that even with a four-year deal he can provide two or three years as the starter and play some 2 as well, while Jose Calderon develops and Roko Ukic eventually comes along?
5. You do nothing, leaving everything to this summer and risk losing him for nothing a la Donyell Marshall, in which case you get some cap room to go out and sign someone else?
Over to y'all.