The usual blather on this quite unusual morning
Here’s a bit more opinion, a little background and, no, I have no idea how the day will unfold with news conferences and official confirmations and the like. I suspect it’s going to be a sit-around-and-wait, fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kind of day.
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Yes, this is the single greatest masterstroke achieved by a Raptors general manager in the time I’ve been covering the team, which is as long as the team has been in existence.
Bryan got the free agent he wanted – Turkoglu – at the number he wanted him at.
He got two guys who are if not serviceable – and I don’t know about Wright but I bet he’s got a shot at doing something there – have contracts that expire at the end of this season so they do not interfere with any salary machinations next summer.
There is every chance they will now bring back Carlos Delfino, who may not be an MVP candidate but I think is going to be a very good versatile piece in what is now an improved backcourt.
There is every chance they will now replace Kris Humphries with Rasho Nesterovic and that, for the role that has to be filled, is an upgrade. Rasho will be fine coming off the bench and doing his job, he is not the kind of guy who’ll want to expand his role and he’ll be an excellent fit in the locker room.
There may be money out of the mid-level to spend although I caution this: We cannot know how much until all the numbers are crunched (mainly the addition of Carlos and how much he costs) because they are probably getting a bit close to the tax level. But still, it’s there if they can spend it.
Seriously, if you’re a fan, how good is this?
I will now issue the obligatory warning: Nothing is done until it’s done.
I now believe Bryan make it so the Phoenix Coyotes will open the 2009-10 season in some new, 20,000-seat arena in Vaughn where all the tickets are free and there’s valet parking and free concessions for everyone.
Okay, I’m trying to figure out just how much I can tell you about how yesterday transpired without giving up sources or any other secrets but, and you’ll have to trust me on this, it was one wild and crazy day and night.
About mid-day, this thing was hanging by a thread because there was no third team to be involved as a place to park Stackhouse’s $2 million and Toronto wasn’t going to do it otherwise.
When the Andrea Bargnani news conference was going on (and has anything disappeared from the top of the news as fast at that did?) I got an e-mail from a source suggesting it was close to being done I ran it by a source when Bryan and Andrea were doing their scrums and was told that was a rather optimistic scenario.
By the time the drive home was over, let’s say 7ish, I was told Memphis had agreed to do the deal but there were still details in the works, it certainly wasn’t finalized and it might be wise to hold off a little bit.
Some time between 9 and 10, I guess it was, the three-team deal was done, at least that’s what a bunch of reports said so we credited them, even though people I trust were suggesting “done” was a bit of an over-statement.
So, after filing an original story to the paper with it up in the air and updating it before first edition ended with a three-team deal including Memphis nearly complete, I was ready to call it a night..
Silly, silly me.
It must have been after 10:30 when a guy I trust more than anyone let me know that it was four teams but that details were unavailable so back to the computer I go to re-write – yet again – the story for the paper to say it was four teams. That’s the one you read this morning in the paper.
Of course, minutes after our final deadline as it turns out – sometime after 12:15 a.m. and when I was fast asleep – word comes down that Orlando’s the fourth team and that Hump and Douby are in it. Me? I snored again, I suppose.
And then it was up at 6 to put up that little thing you saw this morning.
That’s how these things unfold and the most difficult thing if you’re a guy like me is to decide, in the era of instant dissemination of news, what to write when. Things are in such flux over days like yesterday that you never know what to put up when.
All I’ve done through this whole process is trust the people I trust, hold back when I felt prudence was the way to go and hopefully when stuff got published it would eventually turn out to be right.
I guess that’s where we are in the age we live in.
Wonder if Quincy’s out of Vegas yet? No sense in that summer league gig, is there?
And wonder if Smush Parker has a better chance at some minimum value deal?
Speaking of summer league, after a couple of days of practice, word I get from members of the coaching staff is that no one’s been outstanding, no one’s been horrible.
The first game is tomorrow and thankfully, there’s no network television because I’m not sure we can handle all the breathless analysis that comes out of these leagues, analysis that often have nothing to do with what actually ends up transpiring in the NBA.
Remember last year? Jerryd Bayless and Marco Bellinelli were the names we all heard. How’d that work out for them?
This should be the summer league motto:
You can’t find out who can play, you can only find out who can’t.
What are you doing tomorrow morning? If you have no life or insomnia or live in some wacky time zone that’s not mine, the Canada-US quarter-final at the world Under-19 championships goes at 5:30 a.m. Eastern, if my time zone math is right.
I have no clue how good the 6-0 Americans are and I’m not sure how well the 3-3 Canadians are playing although it would appear they aren’t shooting the ball particularly well.
But when they went over, I was pretty sure they were a top eight team and that’s what they’ve proven to be.
A win would probably be a surprise but it might be worth checking on the internet to see if there’s a live stream. If you’re awake that is. I don’t plan to be.
But I do plan to have the results here first thing in our morning.