The deal, as reported by the Star's Doug Smith:
Jalen Rose and a draft pick (the Nuggets' first rounder this June) to the Knicks for Antonio and Kendra Davis.
I don't like it much on first glance (Postscript: On second glance, I don't like it at all), but it does prove one thing: Wayne Embry is a housecleanin' maniac! First Aaron Williams goes -- never quite understood how Williams could be a minor contributor everywhere else, but in the frontcourt-starved Raptors he can't find the floor with a compass and a map.
Now in the same week comes this. Gets Rose's big contract off the books for next year, but as much as Jalen drove me nuts with his matador defence, he still could give you a bit of offence and big-cojones shotmaking, and they'll miss that. Loses a first-rounder, but watching the Nuggets this one has the look of a middle first-rounder, and that's no big deal.
Lands Davis, who hasn't got much if anything left in the tank -- over at Raptors HQ, the reviewers are already wondering if Davis pulls a Mourning; same is being speculated over at Raptorblog; And I'm last to this bitchfest 'cause I was out SHOPPING (like Wayne Embry) -- but Glen Grunwald's big contract comes back to land where it all started (and for the same guy he was traded out of town for) and as Smith points out, the room left when that one expires this summer will go a long way to re-signing Mike James (Chris Bosh making signals about that yesterday) and leaving a little left over to contribute.
As for Embry, this is what really intrigues me: he looks more and more like the interim GM who's soon going to be made the permanent GM. Not forever, as he said the other night on the broadcast, but a lot more than just keeping the seat warm. His last shot at running the show has started here in Toronto, and I have a strong suspicion it's going to be a couple more seasons at least.