Of tweets, Turks and tough guys
Looks like another great day outside; so nice, it’ll be hard to spend most of the day in the ACC looking at draft kids and new Raptors. But that seems to be what the day holds.
Until then …
The list of kidlets in the gym today:
Toney Douglas, G, Florida State; Greg Gamble, G, Buffalo; Gerald Henderson, F, Duke, Jerel McNeal, F, Marquette; B.J. Mullen, C, Ohio State; Aron Baynes, C, Washington State.
Except for Henderson, that is. I liked the 6-4 Dookie all season (mainly because I happened to see a lot of Duke games by some odd circumstance) and I know he’s a person of interest around the Raptors.
But he’d be only one out of that group worth getting worked up about. No clear indication yet whether the DeRozan kid’s going to get here. The Raptors are planning another workout session tomorrow; maybe that’s when his agent will let him grace them with an appearance.
And, no, they have no idea yet who they’re going to draft. Everyone I’ve talked to over the last 48 hours has made the same point I made in this story and have been making since the day after the lottery: It’ll be more a matter of who’s there at No. 9 rather than who they want.
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My man Sheridan set the cat among the pigeons the other day with a suggestion that there’s a possibility that Hedo Turkoglu could be a Raptor as a free agent.
Chris sort of missed the financial point which, as we all know around here, would mean Toronto would have to renounce Marion, Parker, Graham and Pops, not extend a qualifying offer to Delfino and not pick up options on O’Bryant and Douby to get enough cap space to make a run at Hedo that way.
Now, I do know this: Turkoglu has some fans in the Raptors hierarchy – and some friends – but that’s a very, very high price to pay. And while I guess it’s a remote possibility, every indication I’m getting is that it’s too much of a gamble.
It would leave them having to fill out the rest of the roster with minimum value guys and would leave this:
Calderon, a draft pick or Marcus Banks, Hedo, Bosh and Bargnani with Roko, Hump, Reggie Evans off the bench along with some minimum contract backup two-three and Jawai at the end of the bench.
Now, maybe they can do it and get AP back at the veteran’s minimum but I somehow doubt it.
What would I do?
As I’ve said since February, if he won’t take a three-year contract starting at about $7 million, I’d try to explore sign-and-trade options with Marion. Although there are very few teams out there likely to be interested, I bet there’s one if Toronto’s willing to take back a player they want and a questionable contract at the same time.
Of course, I’d call the rebounding-challenged Magic and see if they were interested in a Marion for Turkoglu sign-and-trade but if Orlando’s going to let Turk go, I don’t see them letting him go and still going into the tax level. If they’re going to pay tax, I bet it’s with Turkoglu rather than someone else.
Tweet time: This from Chris Bosh, thanks to Regular Tom:
@chrisbosh O yea. Forgot to mention. I don't have any friends that told the Miami Herald I'm going to the Heat. The rumors are getting worse. HA
I’m reminding you again: Believe about one per cent of this kind of speculation.
The story of the day? Has to be this one, no?
If I could only have written:
a 55-year-old man in a chicken suit challenged someone dressed as Barney the Dinosaur to a dance-off.
What a wonderful world we live in.
Some dude over in the comments section rattled off a gaggle of questions yesterday, I may as well knock ‘em off now:
Q: Am I reading too much into the Kapono deal that the Raps likely dealt him more to save on Cap space in order to offer Bosh the maximum amount possible? More than any other team could offer so that if Bosh did not accept when FA time comes, that it'll look bad on him that he had no intention to stay anyway? In other words, offer him the most money possible, essentially giving him an offer he couldn't refuse.
A: Yes, you are reading too much into it. It’ll be nice to have that million or so bucks in the bank a year from now but it’s not the reason they made the deal. The reason is the reason we’ve been saying all along: It adds some toughness and rids them of a guy who wasn’t really a good fit.
Q: Back to the draft, have you spoken to many scouts? What is the consensus opinion of Dell's Son Stephen? Some drafts have this guy going as high as 4, some as low as 10. With his small frame, he's very quick, but when you bulk up to get tougher, it's very hard to maintain that quickness. What do you see as this guy's upside because he's quite intriguing (and considering his dad is a good character guy, he's gotta be too)?
A: Every scout I talk to is intrigued by Stephen and, you’re right, he could go anywhere from 5 to 12. I can’t see him creeping into the top four, though. He can flat out score, I’m told his ball-handling skills are good enough that he could play some point guard in the NBA and teams looking for a combo guard have to look hard at him.
I’m not sure there’s a lot of love for him among the Raptors brass, who’d like someone a bit bigger but that may be a moot point because he could be gone by No. 9.
Oh yeah, Reggie Evans is in town today for some formalities like a physical and to chat with us. It’ll be nice to see what his take is on his new team.
I know Phil in Philadelphia talked to him briefly last week and Evans understands it’s a business and that trades happen but there wasn’t much Toronto-specific content, that’s what we’ll be looking for.