To quote Bette (fixed): Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy ride
|STEVE RUSSELL/TORONTO STAR|
|This is no time for a tired reporter to stretch out on the couch.|
I tell ya, this never ends.
It’s like 9:45 last night, really slow, I’m a lump on the couch after a long baseball practice (the urchins couldn’t turn four double plays in a row during infield so I didn’t have to buy ‘em all ice cream), calls and e-mails had gone unreturned and I’m trying to figure out which old TV drama to watch.
Dang you, Marc Stein (I joke, Marc’s one of the really good ones out there and loves Canada so how can I diss him).
Anyway it just goes to show that things turn on a dime at any time these days and since the moratorium’s lifted tomorrow and the cap number likely comes out late tonight, think we’re in for much the same kind of day.
As long as the doofuses don’t do anything of substance between 6-8:30 when the Mighty Yankees are attempting to turn two and go 8-2 on the season, I’m ready to work.
Or maybe it’ll be uber-quiet and we can enjoy a post-game coaches meeting.
I think this explains the pros of any Marion deal for the Raptors, whose intent is two-fold, maybe three.
They want to foster some goodwill with the guy and his agent (but not at any salary cost) if they can; and they might get a little nugget out of it.
Let’s say they do this: Ship Marion somewhere for a player, a future pick and some cash, flip that player to a third team for a pick and some money and then they’re all done.
What’s the end result: Toronto grabs up some cash and some picks (and I don’t imagine they’d be high ones), Shawn gets some extra loot and everyone’s happy.
And Bryan’s got a marker of sorts with the agent.
What I can’t see happening – and was told wouldn’t happen under any circumstances by a league person I trust late last night – is that Toronto would bring anyone back that costs them a dime.
Now, in a perfect world, Bryan’s able to include Marcus Banks in any kind of transaction which would present two options: They could, in that case, take back a player making Banks’ money ($4.5 million this season, $4.8 million next, as long as it’s salary-neutral) or, in the absolutely perfect storm of transaction creativity, they dump Banks or someone and use that money on Delfino or Parker.
Bryan pulls that one off and no one’s allowed to rip him for a couple of days at least, deal?
So, what do the Mavs, for instance, get in any sign-and-trade? Why not just “get” a player for the mid-level exception or something?
Lots of people ask and, while I don’t pretend to be able to think like other GMs, I do have an idea.
They maybe get rid of an asset they don’t want or can’t use (hello, Jerry Stackhouse!) and replace him with a serviceable bit. Maybe they couldn’t “get” the player coming at that lower salary if there were other teams in the bidding. Maybe they just love to spend extra money.
Maybe a combination of those things.
Speaking of the Argos, it was rather refreshing to spend 90 minutes or so sitting around the sunny climes of U of T Mississauga watching football practice; it would have even been nice if I had any clue what I was actually watching.
But nice to catch up with old friends like Adam Rita, who I used to write about eons ago, and it was like a hoops beat grunt reunion with Rogers H. of the Sun and Quag 2.0 in attendance.
And seeing how the nice little campus is about a two-minute drive from Casa Doug, I’m all for helping out with Boatman coverage.
Now, I have to figure out what’s transpiring on the field, there seem to be an awful lot of players.
Any Marion deal does not get Toronto the mid-level salary cap exception.
Put it out of your mind. Please.
Speaking of the Mavs and free agents and the moratorium and all that jazz, it was somewhat surprising to read this direct quote from Mark Cuban in another fine piece by Eddie Sefko earlier this week:
“We are excited to have Jason Kidd back in a Mavs' uniform,” Cuban said. “He was a major contributor for us last year, and we expect more of the same next year.
“We also are excited to have him tutor (point guards) Roddy Beaubois and J.J. Barea. This is hopefully the first of several deals to come in the next couple weeks.”
Seeing how GMs and coaches and PR guys and trainers and everyone else connected with a team faces a substantial fine for talking about any free agent during the moratorium period, I’ve got to figure those few words are going to be costly.
We don’t give nearly enough props, or ink, or whatever, to the WNBA. Heck, we don’t give any props, or ink, or whatever, to the WNBA.
So I will.
In particular, to personal fave Tammy Sutton-Brown, who I’ve been writing about for almost a decade, I think.
Check out this link, where it says the best basketball export in the history of Markham picks up Eastern Conference player of the week honours for the WNBA’s Indiana Fever.
Tammy’s one of the good ones, as a person and a player and it has to say something about her and her game that she’s still playing at such a high level.
Here’s a woman who plays in the WNBA and then heads overseas for another full season in the winter (Russia and a host of other countries as I recall) and still plays well.
When we talk about the best basketball ambassadors Canada’s ever had, we rightfully look at the men but if all the young women out there in readerland need a role model, there’s one playing in Indy.
So, what else is going on?
Rasheed Wallace and maybe Grant Hill to Boston?
Celtic Youth Movement in full swing.
Plenty of good seats available at the AARP discount.
The Canadas did their part in New Zealand while you were sleeping. The Under-19s beat Borat, it says here. Now, they have to deal with Manu II and Walter Hermann Jr. if they want any shot at a medal.
Games at like 9:30 eastern time tonight if anyone wants to follow it really closely.