At what price Varejao; and other matters
Man, it's cold out in pre-dawn Mississauga but apparently Cookie The Wonder Dog doesn't care and still wants to wander the streets. Cats never want to go for a walk.
But I digress ...
Too much to pay
Watching the Celtics-Cavs on TV last night (hours before The Big Show) and off course there’s an obligatory mention of the still idle Anderson Varejao.
Fans of nearly every team in the league are wondering what it would take to get him in a sign-and-trade and you zany Raptor fans are excited.
So, here goes:
First thing Cleveland does is ask for Jose Calderon ‘cause their point guard play is awful. Then they start adding players because you’ve got to get to about $7 million a year (and it’s probably going to have to be a four-year deal) so maybe it costs you Juan Dixon and Joey Graham, too, to make the numbers fit. (And forget about them being interested in Rasho because they’ve already got a somewhat slow, oldish big man).
Danny Ferry may not be Red Auerbach but he’s not Rob Babcock. He’s going to get something of value, not a group of end-of-the-benchers. It's not like he's going to lose Varejao for nothing, either; he'll still be a restricted free agent next summer.
So, is that price including Calderon too much to pay?
Sure is. Way too much.
Varejao would be a backup on this team, his lofty averages in his “career” year a season ago were 6.8 points, 6.7 rebounds and 23.8 minutes, and if he’s going to cost you Calderon and two other players at least (and that’s only if the Cavs want to take on, or have room for, extra bodies), it’s a hefty price.
And forget dreaming about dealing T.J., either; he’s a base-year guy and the numbers are just as complicated.
Mea culpa time
Yes, as a billion or so of you pointed out yesterday, I did term Jamario Moon’s layup the other day as Dr. J-esque. It will be the last time I use those two names in the same sentence, I promise.
And it still doesn’t excuse the handful of people who thought Dr. J might be a not-bad nickname for Moon.
Unsolicited pucks advice
Like you, this Leaf thing (you know, they stink and all that) is driving me to distraction. Listen to talk radio and it's like the lemmings, er, fans, are about to march en masse from the Air Canada Centre right into the lake. It would cause havoc in my Bermuda Triangle of office, arena, Harbour Sports Grille (not necessarily in that order) so I'd love for it not to happen.
Reading and listening, I'm hearing everyone from Glenn Healy to Jeff Healey to Colin Campbell to Colin Mochrie should take over to help turnaround the fortunes of the franchise, much the same way Bryan Colangelo turned around the Raptors. You know, an aggressive, respected, talented exec not afraid to pull the trigger on a big deal. A visionary.
I've got two words for those who want the pucks to match the resurrection of the hoopsters.
After all, he's the guy who created the situation Colangelo found so attractive, he's the dude who made the move to clear the cap space that started the team on its dramatic reversal.
Not sure what he knows about hockey but, really, does that matter? I'm told the fellas in charge now know all about hockey and look how far it's taken them. There are three-year-olds alive today who don't know the joy of a parade of horn-honking horns up Yonge Street after a Game 1 win in a first-round playoff series.
Dixon or DMart? Depends
Now that we’ve seen Juan Dixon as the emergency point guard, might it be a regular role? Depends, says Sam.
Asked him at practice yesterday why Dixon over Darrick Martin on Sunday and whether we might see it tonight and he said, depends.
"Juan's probably a better scorer but Darrick's probably better running the team and managing the team; Juan's probably a better defender on the ball," said the coach. "It just depends on the game, who's out there and how we feel about the matchups."
And just to clarify Martin’s contract: If he’s still with the team Jan. 10, it becomes fully guaranteed. That means if Bryan Colangelo wants to do some one-for-two deal and needs to waive Martin to create the roster spot (which was the reason DMart’s deal wasn’t fully guaranteed from the start) Jan. 10 is the magic day.
A song for Jamario
I still can’t find the e-mail with the Jamario Speedwagon suggestion but here’s a reaction to it for Mark in Toronto:
"Everybody needs to give it up for the guy who came up with Jamario Speedwagon; (They) should play some classic Keep On Loving You whenever he throws one down."
I’m not sure enough fans in the building would understand what that excellent anthem was.
Not over The Hump
Talking to people around practice yesterday, I am now convinced that when Rasho comes back, the guy whose minutes are going to disappear is Hump. He’s regressed to the point where his next pass may induce heart attacks courtside and his rebounding numbers have fallen off, too.
In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me in the least that if the Raptors need a fourth big behind Bosh, Bargnani and Rasho, they could very well ask Joey Graham to play the four for a few minutes.
Woe is Washington
Clicked over to Grizzlies-Nets for a minute and saw Juan Carlos Navarro drill a three in transition and one of the first things that came to mind was: Man, don’t you think the Gilbert Arenas-free Washington Wizards wish they hadn’t given him away.
We wuz robbed
You knew this was coming. I still say Mel B can dance circles around that car driver. Sort of reminds me of the time they gave the Lou Marsh to Villeneuve over Larry Walker, a true travesty.
Oh, and being a Dougie Come Lately to the show this year, I can now say if my son wants to rend Cheetah Girls or buy the DVD or any of the 8-tracks, I’m driving him to the store. That Sabrina can dance!