Time to take a deep breath? Yeah, right
Know what I would love to tell you?
I would love to report that you can take a break and sit back and enjoy the nice fall weather in Toronto or enjoy whatever it’s like wherever you are because the frenzy’s over and things will calm down until training camp.
With three roster spots and up to $12 million to spend to fill them, I’ve got a feeling the Raptors are going to be in the news for the next little while, too. All of a sudden, they’re the team with practically the most cash available – if they want to spend it and there’s more on that later – and that makes agents drool.
So you’ll hear a lot of names over the next few days and a lot of speculation. You know, just like the last week or so. Be careful, though. Just because there’s a name linked to them doesn’t mean there’s mutual interest.
Okay, that said, let’s get on with speculation.
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Who’s out there? Well, they like Carlos Delfino, for sure. They like Rasho at the right number and when I was talking to him yesterday, I got a feeling if the number makes something remotely close to sense he’ll take it and they like a handful of other guys.
There are, as we’ve said all along, going to be some bargains out there.
And now that they’ve got the big ones taken care of, they can start specifically looking at holes.
They need help at the four and five.
They could use help at the two and three.
And if they remain unconvinced that Roko’s the guy and they are more comfortable with Douby not handling the ball an awful lot, there’s a point guard spot, too. Although with Turkoglu sure to initiate offence and if they get Delfino, that’s not a big worry.
Here are a few names I know have been discussed among members of the braintrust, some quite seriously.
They still like Linas Kleiza a little bit and there are those who have at least mentioned guys like Von Wafer and Matt Barnes and, yes, Josh Childress, but I think they’ve got less support than the others.
I have no idea if they’d make a call about Marvin Williams, although I’m not sure where he fits at the moment.
Here’s one that’s pretty intriguing given the way things have unfolded. There wasn’t a lot of interest before in him but I think they should absolutely give Jarrett Jack a call and see what it’ll take.
Of course, it may not be a matter of them making calls because they’re going to get hundreds.
Especially after this Bryan quote gets in circulation.
“I’m going to be looking to possibly do some short-term deals, I would love to sign a couple of guys to one-year deals even if it means paying a premium. That’s something that’s being discus.”
Seriously. You’ve got a GM talking about “paying a premium?” How popular is that going to make him?
Tough day for Canada down in Auckland and an old friend’s family got them.
Check out this story on the Under-19s losing to the Americans in the quarter-finals of the world championships see that Seth Curry hit a gaggle of three-pointers in the barrage that killed Canada.
Yes, Seth Curry. Stephen’s brother. Dell’s other kid. He used to have a pretty sweet stroke when they’d be goofing in the practice gym before and after Raptors workouts way back in the day.
Anyway, tough loss but I don’t think entirely unexpected. And if you give up 11 three-pointers in a half, that’s a big hole to get out of.
Canada can still finish fifth, which is nothing to sneeze at but this group – if the kids don’t get sidetracked too much by promises of untold riches and the influence of people who may not have their entire interests at heart – is a pretty solid foundation for Canada Basketball to build on.
The odds of even one of them getting so much as drafted by an NBA team are astronomical – and that’s being charitable – and playing for the national team in global events will enrich them far more than some North American camp will and it will open them to more exposure basketball wise than they’d ever get simply staying home.
So, how did all of yesterday’s shenanigans play out around the league?
Here’s Eddie’s take down in Dallas.
Here’s how Brian explained it to all his readers in Orlando.
And in Memphis, Ron set it up this way..
Seems everyone, everywhere, is happy.
Here’s one word of caution that we got from Bryan after the formal part of the news conference yesterday. Yes, they have a $12 million buffer between the cap level they’re at and the tax level they will avoid and that’s a lot of money to fill three backup roster spots. But they are also going to be worried about drops in the tax level in the coming years and how that hits them in the pocketbook.
“It is not only what implications will be there next year, there are concerns about what might happen in the future with potentially negative BRI growth, it’s going to get tighter and it’s something to contend with.”
Hmm, “potentially negative BRI growth.” I never figured I’d type words like that.
Hedo: No. 26.
Why? His first daughter, Ela, was born Feb. 26, 2009.
I’m sure I’ve told this Hedo story before but what the heck, I’m too tired to check and it’s not a bad one anyway.
It’s the 2002 world championships in Indiana and Hedo and his Turkish teammates all show up with their hair dyed white or platinum blonde as a sign of solidarity or something like that.
It is not, trust me, a particularly good look.
A friend and I are talking to Peja Stojakovic in hallway of the arena one day (Peja’s a teammate of Hedo’s in Sacramento at the time) and we ask him if he’s seen his buddy and his teammate:
“Oh, you mean N’ Sync?”
Relayed that story to Rasho yesterday on the phone and he says:
“That was not Hedo’s finest hour.”
Then, chatting with Turkoglu after the news conference, I reminded him of the look and Peja’s shot:
“Yeah, that was bad. I got killed for that for a long time.”
Okay, that’s got to be enough for now, right? Probably going to be a bit slow today so don’t expect many, if any, updates because I’m going to decompress for a few hours, revel in glorious Yankee victory (16-13 or something like that and we’re squishing bugs like nobody’s business at the plate) and get the wonky body worked on by the magical doctor.
But, if there’s news, we’ll do something. I just don’t expect any today.