The Raptors remain very much alive in the hunt to obtain Damon Stoudamire.
Someone Who Knows confirms that Toronto joins Boston and Phoenix are the likely locations for Mighty Mouse if he engineers a buyout of his contract from the Memphis Grizzlies.
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Now, before you begin searching the remainder bins for Airborne, be advised that Boston’s still the preferred destination, I’m told.
But Toronto’s right in there.
Stoudamire, behind Mike Conley and Kyle Lowry in the Memphis backcourt, is likely holding out for a buyout so he can become a free agent this summer and get one more deal. He’s got this year and next left on his current deal.
Does he fit here? I’d say like a glove. Loves the city, can still play, would be willing to backup Jose Calderon and would be great insurance if T.J. Ford doesn’t come back at all this season.
But he also fits in Boston and it’s probably going to come down to whether the Celtics want to give him the same, or better, deal than the Raptors can.
When does it all happen? Well, I don’t imagine Bryan Colangelo’s going to let things drag too long so I’d say sooner rather than later.
They’re gonna let fans with texting capabilities and internet access vote for the dunk contest winner?
You may as well cut that cheque for Jamario right now. I presume they have the internet in Minnesota, Memphis and Orlando but I guaran-dam-tee you they don’t have the numbers that there are in this area.
If the kid gets his dunks in the basket, he’s going to win.
Did you know that Jose Calderon hasn’t missed a free throw in 2008? Eighteen straight.
Did you know that he’s not even close to the franchise record? Chauncey Billups made 51 in a row in the three weeks or so he was here in 1998. I knew Chauncey shot a lot when he was here, but wow!
List time, courtesy of Troy K. from Toronto
Seeing as the Hump, Humpster, or as I like to call him “Would You Believe We Get This Guy in Exchange for Araujo?!” is doing a fine job as a substitute big, that begs the question: is this the biggest “something for nothing” trade that the Raptors have ever made? Or has there been a better pick-up than this in the past?
What are your 5 all-time best “something for nothing” trades that did the Raps some good? No need to take it the other way and think of what we got for giving away He Who Shall Not Be Named.
Here we go
Doug Christie from the Knicks for Willie Anderson and Victor Alexander, neither of whom did squat in New York.
Popeye Jones in a three-way with Minnesota and Dallas that cost Jimmy King, who never had a career.
Antonio Davis from Indiana for perpetually injured Jonathan Bender
Hump for Araujo and,
Carlos Delfino from Detroit for two second-round picks.
Here’s one for you:
Alex English may be the greatest basketball player ever produced by the University of South Carolina.
Dave Odom has announced plans to retire as the Gamecocks coach at the end of this season.
Could Alex head back to his alma mater?
I don’t know, but it’s worth keeping an eye on.
We’ll hit the mailbag one more time:
Q: My question is with Jamario being picked for the dunk competition and most likely for the Rookie-Sophomore game, will he be the only Raptor playing that game. In other words with Andrea struggling badly do you think he'll get the invite for the Sophomores or will his confidence be further battered by being passed over??
Steven T, Winnipeg
A: The assistant coaches, who select the participants in the Rookie Challenge, have their ballots right now. And since those teams are only eight or nine guys, I cannot imagine Bargnani getting enough support to make it.
Confidence further battered? I can’t imagine how it would be further battered, it looks at an all-time low right now. I think it’d be better for him to get entirely away from basketball that weekend instead of going to New Orleans.
Speaking of the mailbag, it’s getting a tad empty. Do the usual, goof off from work, click here and send off a missive.
Caught a lot of the Celtics-Knicks yesterday afternoon. Something of a dog of a game (at no point did anyone ever think the Knicks could win) but the extra-curricular activity was pretty entertaining.
Always thought the Cs were a, um, talkative bunch, seems coach Doc Rivers is not impressed, at least according to today’s Boston Globe.
This dude does snark well.
While everyone's throwing out one of those Bargnani vs. Roy comments, thought I might as well jump on the bandwagon. I just wanna say I couldn't agree with you more on your comment that they shouldn't compare Bargnani to Roy so soon, especially given that Barney was on a pretty good team that went to the playoffs while Roy didn't. After all, who's this Roy guy anyways? He just averages 17 points, 4 assists and 4 rebounds per contest, led his team to win 13 in a row and will most likely be voted in as an all-star, all while Bargnani should be praised for his aggressiveness when he goes 3-for-13 and grabs 6 boards.
Oh by the way, someone suggested to me that the Raptors should look at a deal involving Bosh for Bonner. After all, Bonner has a ring while Bosh never seems to go far in the playoffs. I said no, but told him to give you a call.
Aaron N, Portland
A: Well played. I guess they teach sarcasm in between rainstorms out there.