The calm before the storm? We can only hope so
How quiet was yesterday? Eerily quiet.
No calls returned, e-mails went unanswered, everyone seemed to go underground.
History would suggest that something’s close to getting done and sources simply didn’t have time, or the inclination, to talk to us.
It happens, unfortunately. But not without some effort on our end.
All we can do today is get back at it and see where we end up. And since I’ve got a radio gig to do this evening, I can be pretty sure if something’s going to happen, it’ll happen during the 5-7 time period when I’m talking about something else.
Alas, it is the way of the world.
From the very, very few texts I got returned yesterday, it’s clear there is still interest in David Lee, they are still wondering if there’s an easier way to get Hedo than to gut the team and they remain in conversations with Marion.
Marion, it’s becoming quite obvious, is the big domino here.
If he wants their money, I’m pretty sure they’d do him, Delfino, maybe Kleiza and be practically done.
If he doesn’t, they have to work harder at finding a home that yields something in return before they can move on.
One of today’s big trigger points is going to be what Turkoglu does. His visit to Portland apparently ends tomorrow – according to Jason Quick’s story in the Oregonian – and I’m told he’s not going to sit around dawdling before he makes a decision.
That might be the one thing that impacts these guys here more than anything.
It was something like Toronto Day down in Cleveland, as Brian Windhorst reports in this story full of Raptor names.
Spoke with Brian just before he wrote this (he was checking to see if I’d been in touch with Parker’s agent, who seems to have gone underground) and we were wondering (a) what Parker would want money-wise and (b) if there was a sign-and-trade for Shawn.
On the first, we’re not sure the Cavs would give up the full mid-level but that something like a couple of years and $9 million or $10 million total might be the top end (wonder if that’s been written before) or something at less salary with another year added.
On the Marion end of it, the only thing I can see fitting might be Varejao (increasing the flopping level in Toronto exponentially) but even then, the Raps would be looking at – at best – a guy who might be the first big off the bench.
Not sure if there’s a fit there but it’s one of the few times I’ve heard Shawn’s name mentioned out and about.
Speaking of Shawn, do you think the Knicks could get him to take a huge money (and I’m talking seven figures here) on a one-year deal on a sign-and-trade for David Lee?
Not sure how other pieces fit but it’s one of the ways I proposed dealing with Marion a week or so ago and I bet it’s gaining traction in discussions with him.
This doesn’t rank up there with the biggest sports wins of all time but Canada hammering Syria down in Auckland at the world under-19 championships was kind of big.
The way the tournament’s set up, Canada needed just one win in the first round to be assured of moving on and now they’ve got it.
And with that win, it takes any pressure off them today against Spain, where a win will set them up nicely for the second round-robin.
Check out Tanya’s story here and you can almost hear the relief in Greg Francis’s voice that his team played well when it absolutely had to, even if it was against lesser competition.
I spent a lovely night in Hamilton a few weeks (seriously!) back watching this team practice and when I was talking to Greg after about how good his team might be, or might not be, he pointed out quite correctly that you never know how teams are going to perform when they absolutely have to. It’s one of the vagaries of any team sport, you worry about preparation and then see how it all comes together when the bright lights go on.
Answer me this: Would you trade Ron Artest for Trevor Ariza straight up, which is essentially what seems to be happening in the swap of free agents?
Ariza’s younger, not as good a defender, probably better offensively and has no history of being disruptive.
Artest has been, many times in the past, a bit of problem child but given the circumstances of playing with Kobe Bryant and for Phil Jackson maybe that’s not an issue. Maybe it is.
On pure basketball talent, I’m not sure who’s going to be better for longer.
If I was Houston, I probably would have made that trade in a heartbeat; if I was the Lakers, I would have wanted the Rockets to sweeten the pot somehow.
I’ll tell you this: The Mighty Yankees (of the Mississauga North peewee house league, not the American League East) were in a great one last night with the Tigers ‘til the rains hit and killed us at 2-2 after two.
I hate rainouts.
You saw the summer league roster for these guys, right?
Two things of note:
No Marcus Banks – and I promise you there are big shots in the organization quite miffed about that – and Smush Parker, a rather intriguing guard. I have no idea how Parker fits but it’ll be quite interesting to hear from people out there who looks better – him or Quincy Douby. Competition’s pretty fun, even if it is for a seat at the end of the bench.
This went by everyone and comes as absolutely no surprise but the Raptors did not waive Patrick O’Bryant by July 1 so his contract for the year is now guaranteed at $855,189.