Wasn't that some kind of day
Is he done?
Not by a longshot.
Even as we were digesting Jermaine O’Neal, there was a flurry of activity in the Raptor offices until late, late last night and there’s every chance Bryan Colangelo’s got a few things up his sleeve.
Not a lot of downtime time today, it seems.
Word was he’s working on getting another pick – maybe two – in tonight’s draft to find people to groom for the future.
There are no details, of course, but it’s obvious around the league (see New Orleans, Denver) that picks are for sale and available.
What they’d like to do, I surmise (and surmise is all we’re going to get until tonight, I fear) is find a way to draft a young big man, maybe stash him in Europe for a year or two and hope he’s ready when O’Neal’s contract expires.
Not sure what he’s got to offer player-wise (I don’t imagine they’re clamouring for the other of Maceo Baston and Joey Graham) but I could see Hump being in discussions and maybe there’s another GM out there sniffing, too.
Okay, the deal. (And, again, I preface all of this by saying it’s not done until it’s done, even if I cannot fathom a way it falls apart).
As you all know, I’m quite okay with this transaction.
Two years of Jermaine O’Neal is far, far better than a year of Rasho and a year of uncertainty, I don’t think there’s a doubt about that.
If he’s 100 per cent, this will be the best front court since 2001; if he plays 40 games a year over the next two years, he’ll still give ‘em something they haven’t had in years.
And I really, really, really like the $20 million or so they’ll have to spend in 2010.
Just check back a couple of days here to see the reasoning for liking the deal.
The one thing Bryan talked about yesterday that got lost was infatuation in Europe with AP.
Here’s what the GM had to say:
"I think there’s some truth to the notion there was some interest on Europe’s part, or a couple of foreign team’s part, to try to lure a player like an Anthony, who obviously had a huge impact in Europe and would be considered a star returning.
"There may have even been some interest on his part … because the dollars that may have been available may have been ridiculous or silly. I think the notion was expressed back to us that he would really like to stay in the NBA and that would be his first choice.
"We have the player under contract, he’s a great, great young man and a very good player for us. He a very good player for and our starting two guard. It’s hard for us to find a scenario where that would be acceptable at this point to allow something like that to happen."
"We’ll continue to monitor what interest there might be but our intention is to have Anthony play for us this year.”
A bit of old mail, and I haven’t even looked this morning to see how full the mailbag is today
Q: You said in (last week's) mailbag that you don't see a Canadian NBAer in the next five years. Are you including Bol Kong in this? Do you just not see him in the NBA anytime soon or is it that his visa issues are getting that out of hand? Any updates on his story?
Jake K, Toronto
A: The kid’s a Vancouver teenage high-schooler, let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. A very interesting story, has visa problems as a Sudanese trying to get into the United States, and he may very well turn into the next great Canadian but with the visa situation and his age, you’re looking very, very, very long into the future.
Oh yeah, we walked out to the bowl after Bryan’s thing yesterday to see this new scoreboard.
It’s gonna be freaking HUGE.
The shell’s there, looks like it’s got eight screens for video that are monstrous and about eight more for ads and stats and scores and stuff.
Appears quite impressive.
Okay, off to see what they’ve got in store for us today. Oh, and to post about a zillion comments. I tell ya, you people are great. Can’t believe the interweb didn’t break under the weight of everything sent this way.