Deadline a dud; no moves afoot
This group of Raptors is the one that will finish the season.
Try as he might – and he was working the phones trying to make some move even if it was small – general manager Bryan Colangelo is sticking with his 14-man roster as the NBA’s trade deadline came and went.
“Nothing even close” was how one team insider put it minutes before the 3 p.m. deadline arrived.
And that’s not a bad thing to the current roster and coaching staff after everyone expressed confidence in the group already assembled.
“I think we have all the help we need in the locker room right now,” Jarrett Jack said after practice on Thursday afternoon.
And coach Jay Triano, who will be without all-star power forward Chris Bosh on Friday in New Jersey, also was fine with the lack of movement.
"Bryan’s been working trying to make deals and come up with things to make us better and I think, bottom line, we’ve all agreed in the locker room that this is who we like,” the coach said. “We think we’ve figured out how to play together a little bit better – still there’s a lot of work to do – but we don’t mind where we are.”