Andrea's done, anything with Shawn's still bubbling
Okay, so Andrea’s done and everyone’s happy and if that’s news, well, it’s a dang slow news day.
And, as a matter of fact, it is right now.
Highlights of the Bargnani news conference? There weren’t many, actually. It’s five years, $50 million and they did it now for everyone’s peace of mind.
“Other than the money -- that’s very important for me of course -- but I’m very happy to be here in Toronto. I love the city, I love the fans, I’m happy here. Very satisfied.
“This is what I wanted from the beginning. I love to stay here. Everything went very fast, that’s good also to play for the national team because tomorrow I am going to join my national team.”
That national team gig is to get ready for a final qualification tournament later this summer for September’s European championships.
That was kind of in Bryan Colangelo’s mind, too:
“This was a good time for us, I think it was a good time for them. It gives security to a young man who’s emerging as a good player, a very good player, in this league. There’s something to be said for not having a “maximum” number next to your name, it takes a little bit of the pressure off.”
Oh, and in other news …
This may give us an idea why things seem to be taking a while to sort out this whole Shawn Marion-to-Dallas sign-and-trade thing.
According to league sources, the deal is being driving by Mavs owner Mark Cuban, it may include not only three teams but even more and the Raptors are simply bystanders waiting to see if they can help facilitate anything.
There’s no real firm deadline but I can’t imagine too many parties are going to sit back and wait too long before someone says, “enough is enough.” I figure something has to get resolved tonight.
And the one undisputed fact remains: The Raptors, no matter what happens, come out of this “salary neutral” and it does nothing to complicate the Hedo Turkoglu signing, which will happen sometime soon.
There are also scant details about what an enlarged deal could possibly mean but that’s what makes this kind of fun, isn’t it? We have an idea something’s being cooked up at the top levels of a handful of NBA teams but the dribs and drabs of information keep everyone wondering for hours or maybe days.
Anyway, we’ll let you know when we can let you know what it’s all about but that’s where we stand about 4 p.m.