The list is getting narrowed
As was mentioned in today’s yarn (it’s here for those who missed it) there is all kinds of activity going on and there is no doubt in mind that some kind of transaction comes down between now and the end of the draft.
But if the pick remains the No. 13 selection – and I’m thinking more along the lines of a straight trade or the addition of a pick rather than dealing away the selection – I have a sneaking suspicion the list has been narrowed to four or five.
I’ve got Ekpe Udoh, Cole Aldrich, Paul George and Avery Bradley on it with Eric Bledsoe and Patrick Patterson as longer shots.
Having Bradley back in just to have dinner and be checked out by the doctors was an interesting revelation and has to speak to some serious interest on this end.
He and Aldrich are the only two legitimate No. 13 candidates who’ve made multiple visits to Toronto but the Raptors have done all their due diligence on the others, too.
What’s that entail?
According to Bryan, lots.
“The medical background, the background information that we’re receiving in terms of a formal written report that’s been ordered on several players. We might discover something that makes sense or does not make sense and we have to do some further investigation on it.”
So it’s not all jump shots and ball-handling and physical prowess at all.
From The Entirely Facetious Department Of Items (which means please don’t take this too seriously) I offer this:
The Raptors are virtually certain to draft Cole Aldrich on Thursday.
Well, they hand out these little bio sheets whenever they have a workout and Tuesday’s arrived with all the background on Cole Alrich.
And I’m thinking:
Hmm, no ‘D.’ Has to be a Raptor, right?
Hey, did anyone notice that my favourite basketball team has an 11-2 record, is easily in first place in its conference and seems on an inexorable march to a glorious championship?
Yeah, I’ve been checking in on the Seattle Storm and I hope you are, too.
They’re 11-2, with a 5 1-2 game lead in the West, they’ve won eight of their last 10 and if Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson don’t tie for WNBA MVP honours, they ought to have a recount.
Can I pick a team or what?
Hey, Ghana today!
The Black Stars are in tough against Germany, very tough, and need a win. Difficult, no question, but not impossible and it’ll be pretty tough to get me away from the tube this afternoon.
Think good thoughts for them, would you?
Oh, and talking to a guy around the Raptors who knows a bit about the football yesterday and the chatter gets to France, which at that moment was being drilled 2-0 by Bafana Bafana.
Guy looks at me and says: “France? 2-0? That’s terrible. They can’t go home now.”
Let’s put out a quick call for mail with the usual “click here to send in your cards and letters” and see what we come up with.
The piece of news that kind of got short shrift Tuesday – and it’s not hugely significant and it may be just a case of downplaying an impending move – was Bryan on the point guards.
Here’s the transcript:
“Rather than saying we were absolutely going to do something with one of our point guards, it’s more about trying to determine whether or not the two guys can co-exist. And the conversations I’ve had with both players have been very productive, they’ve both said things that make me comfortable and the coaching staff comfortable if they were to come back.
“But as you know, we have to constantly look to improve our roster and if there’s a means to do that and one of those player sis involved then we’ll look to do something. But there’s not a mandate to make a move here. I like both players, signed them both for various reasons and I have to say there’s a lot of talent on our team because I’m getting a lot of calls about several of our players.”
The “but as you know …” thing is the most important there because if there’s a deal, he’s going to make it and I’m told there is quite a bit of interest out there in each of Jarrett Jack and Jose Calderon.
Now, many have read that Indy wants a point guard and I’m told Charlotte’s in the market as well so we can guess phone lines have been burning between those cities.
Hey, back to the WNBA for a sec (go, Storm!) for this.
Candace Parker misses the rest of the season after shoulder surgery.
A crippling blow to the Sparks but given her – I know, tenuous – connection to Toronto, figured some of you would like to know.
Did you know Chris Bosh is a de facto free agent today?
Bryan let us in on some housekeeping news yesterday; Bosh had to tell the team by June 20 that he was going to exercise his player option for next season and when the fax didn’t arrive, it meant he’s on the market.
No big deal but a little piece of news that we didn’t know nonetheless.
Okay, the grass doesn’t seem to be getting any shorter, the blackberry’s fully charged for the trade e-mails and phone calls to arrive and downtown Toronto’s a police state with the G20 crap so it’s a house day today, methinks.
Hope there’s news to worry about.