So what now?
I know, we’ve asked ourselves that question a few times this summer, like what would happen when free agency opened, what would happen after that four-team trade and now what’s going to happen with Jarrett Jack officially in the fold.
Wish I new. But Bryan’s still got money to spend and roster spots to fill so we’re not done yet by any means.
Hold on to your hats, folks.
I heard the name yesterday when I was talking to Bryan after the Jack news conference.
Really, I did. Was the first time I’d heard it in conversation with anyone remotely in charge of the team.
Now, before you all run out and grab up those Legend jerseys, consider this: At best – at the very, very best -- he’s the 16th man on a team that can only have 15. That means unless Bryan finds someway to make a one for none trade (maybe Ukic) there is no room for the obvious fan favourite.
(Of course, Bryan could trade Marcus Banks for no one but that would signal the apocalypse had arrived and it wouldn’t matter because there’d be no future).
So, yes, they know Pops is out there (and apparently his agent calls about a dozen times a week just to remind people in Toronto that (a) his client likes it here and (b) the other offers are flooding in). But it’s a long, long way from knowing he wants back and bringing him back.
Here’s a Carlos Delfino fact under-reported this summer:
It’s not like it’s the NBA or bust for him; he’s still got two years and about $9 million left on his Khimki deal and the Russian franchise is apparently solvent, willing to pay all that is owed and quite ready to welcome him back.
So anyone who thinks he’s going to take some significant paycut just to return to the NBA is, I’m led to believe, dead wrong.
Remember at the end of the season there were cries to “blow it up” emanating from the ether.
Well, let’s say the two spots remaining go to two guys who weren’t on the team last year, like, oh, Delfino and Rasho.
That would mean when opening day comes around – barring any other moves – there would be eight new faces on a 15-man roster. That includes two new starters (whoever wins the two-guard spot and Hedo); perhaps five other rotation guys (the loser of the two-guard battle, Jack, Wright, Reggie Evans and Mr. Small Forward X and Mr. Backup Centre.
Is that “blowing it up” well enough?
So I’m looking out the window this morning and it’s cloudy and there’s no way it doesn’t rain and that makes me think there is a downside to being a golf writer, which is what I am the rest of the week (lucky golf readers, I say!)
If it rains, they play; if it rains, I’m not walking the course.
A lot of things I’ll do for Mother Star, trudge the hills and valleys of a golf course in the rain is not one of them.
Makes for long days in the press tent but at least there’ll be stories to be told.
And that’ll give me all kinds of fodder for here the next few days because I don’t imagine there’ll be much Raptors news.
Oh, right, the number.
The reason – and I know there were many of you watching and wondering – that the Raptors didn’t hold up any jersey when they introduced Jack yesterday was pretty simple, I’m led to believe:
He’d like to wear No. 3, it’s currently taken and I presume there are some, um, negotiations taking place.
If I was Roko Ukic, I’m not sure I’d sign any long-term leases here in the big city.
I think if some team under the cap were to come and offer Bryan a draft pick for him, he’d take the deal; if some team over the cap came and offered a guy with an expiring contract for him, they’d take that deal.
So far, no one has; so far, Bryan’s more in the “take calls” than “make calls” mode on the 24-year-old point guard, which is the right move in my opinion because I still think the kid has a chance to be good.
Whether Roko’s happy as a third-string point guard is unknown; I can’t imagine he would be after being a primary backup last year and that may lead him and his agent to seek out another home.
Here’s a name to get some people chattering.
Seven footer. Played in Denver last season, spent time in Seattle before that. Been in the league five years and is only 23.
Why, you ask, should you be chattering about Johan Petro?
Well, his is a name that was being kicked around in conversational circles when the “what if they can’t do a deal with Rasho” talk began.
Two or three e-mails on this issue and since we’re in the Dog Days Of News Conferences, it’s best to clear the air:
The Raptors didn’t do any big dog and pony show for Antoine Wright and Devean George for one simple reason: No one from the organization was here. Everyone bolted for Vegas and the summer league the day after the trade went down and there simply was no time.
The two of ‘em met up with the coaching staff and Bryan out in Vegas, they didn’t have to be in Toronto to physically sign contracts like Bargnani or Jack did; there was nothing nefarious in the fact they didn’t speak to the assembled masses.