What's that? Vacation, you say? Don't mind if I do
I know tens of you will be crushed to hear this but this is going to be such a slow week that yours truly is going to try to get – gasp! – a week of vacation in.
There’s a deck that’s calling, a golf game that needs some work, a baseball team that needs some love and attention, I’m pretty sure I could be convinced to while away a few hours on a patio daily if need be and some rest and relaxation that’s long overdue.
Of course, if something happens we’ll be back here (and I’m pretty sure I just jinxed the whole vacation idea by talking about it) and I’ll probably get on here once or twice a day to see if there are any comments but this whole get-up-at-six-in-the-morning-to-feed-the-beast thing is going on hiatus.
Those who know how to reach me know how to reach me and it’ll be nice to hear from you.
Other than that, though, it’s a week of taking calls and e-mails, not making them.
So, where are we?
Not much different from where were on Friday, except for that whole offer-sheet-to-Jarrett-Jack thingy that happened Saturday night.
Regardless of that offer, the Raptors still have a great interest in Carlos Delfino – the Jack deal should have no impact on that, according to one of my higher placed Toronto sources – and I would imagine the phone lines between Toronto (or Vegas) and Ljubljana, Slovenia, will be crackling even more this week.
I’m sure there are fallbacks in all three cases (I know Kleiza would be Plan B if the Jack thing unexpectedly falls apart) but, in their perfect world, they do Delfino, Rasho and the work is done for now.
Remember: They have 12 guaranteed contracts right at the moment and Jack, Carlos and Rasho bring ‘em to 15 and then they’re done. And I’ll say this right now: Training camp will be about teaching the guys they’ve got what they want them to do; there will not be any competition for roster spots it appears at the moment.
That should make those five days on the lovely campus at Carleton very stress-free. Just as we like it.
Okay, let’s say they get the three guys they want and the roster is as we expect.
How’s the depth chart?
Well, going on the assumption that they play 10 regularly (and it could very well end up being nine), my 10 would be:
Jose, DeRozan, Turkoglu, Bosh, Bargnani, Jack, Delfino, Evans, Nesterovic and the only place there’s competition is to see who plays some backup three. Could be that Wright sneaks in there and Delfino’s a three two. Or Douby gets some time at the two and Delfino’s a three for parts of games.
That would leave Roko, George, O’Bryant, Douby or Wright, and Banks as the odd guys out of the regular rotation.
The starting two-guard’s the only question mark of note in this scenario and it will depend on how the kid develops.
Hey, they’re 0-2 at Summer League and no one has suggested today’s a “must win.”
Good job, people.
We know there are probably two things left for Toronto to do, right?
Make the final call on Delfino and Rasho or some reasonable facsimile.
Well, to inconvenience me – and it’s all about me – it would be this week but there’s another reason to think these things might get wrapped up in the next little while.
Surely to goodness, Bryan Colangelo has to get some vacation, right? The dude’s been working harder than I have in the last five weeks, he needs some R and R.
And, if you recall over the course of time, the NBA generally shuts down for almost all of August, with the exception of maybe some minor signings. That’s when everyone seems to sit back and take much-needed deep breaths.
Them and me.
Oh yeah, they finished it all at the Under-19 worlds in Auckland and the Americans ended up winning the gold meal, which will be greeted by some as ho-hum, expected news.
Except, that is, when you consider the last time they won it was in 1991.
Canada? Well, they beat France to finish seventh, which is far from a bad result.
Next up: The Under-19 women’s worlds start July 23 in Thailand. We’ll stay on top of that one, too.
Looks like we’re going to have to wait a wee bit to meet up with Antoine Wright and Devean George.
The usual thing to do would have had them come to Toronto to get their physicals and they could have had a nice dog-and-pony show for the media.
Well, I’ve heard the physicals portion of the trade requirements was waived and if the two do anything, it’ll be to jet out to Vegas this week sometime to meet up with the Raptors coaches and get summer marching orders from them.
First time we might see them here will be in September when the players start dropping back in for those well-scheduled “informal workouts” that precede training camp.
Okay, told you it’d be short and sweet. I’m off to let the chiropractor work her magic and check out the first part of the long to-do list around the house.
Talk to you when I talk to you.