A deal gets done but it won't likely be the last one
Of course, it’s something you know about so I don’t know exactly how we’ll write it but still …
Until then …
I don’t think we’re ever going to find out the full, unabridged version of what transpired between the Raptors and Bobcats over the past 48 hours because there may be some time the two teams want to do business again and no one wants to air all their dirty laundry in public.
I will say this as a statement of fact: There was a deal agreed to at some level around mid-day Monday, so much so that the players involved where informed by teams and their agents that they were moving, one sure sign that there was abundant confidence at both ends that something was about to become official.
I don’t know when Dallas swooped in to start the process of acquiring Tyson Chandler; maybe it was after word of the impending deal leaked out, most likely there had been some previous communication between the teams that hadn’t amounted to anything.
But I will say this: It looks bad on the Bobcats, regardless of precisely how things unfolded. As I was told by one league guy during the whole schmozzle: “This is the first time something like this has happened” and all I can think back to is last February’s trade deadline when they pulled out of a TJ Ford trade about five minutes to the deadline.
But, no, there is nothing the league can do about it. As we keep saying, nothing is official until it’s official and the Raptors-Bobcats thing hadn’t progressed to the absolute drop-dead time, which is the trade conference call with the league to make sure the transaction works under the arcane salary cap rules.
It didn’t get that far so there’s nothing to do but close the book and move on.
I’d imagine, though, that it will likely be a little while before Bryan calls Rod Higgins with some other proposal.
In the ‘moving on’ department, it makes things a bit dicey but not terribly so.
I’m sure Bryan has other irons in the fire (I was told at least one team has big interest in Jose) and I guarantee you he was working the phones and the room at the Vegas summer league for most of yesterday.
I can’t give you a when, or even a where, but I do think Bryan’s decision to trade Jose earlier this week means that he’ll do everything he can to move him in the next couple of weeks.
But, if there’s not a good deal out there, I can also see them having both point guards in camp in October. And I don’t know that it’d be such a bad thing if that happened.
Let’s take our first shot at the mail this week and try for some variety, keeping in mind the Charlotte stuff will be eons old by the time we get to the Sunday morning reading.
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How do you think Tyson Chandler feels?
Twice now, he’s been traded and yanked back, once when he was going from New Orleans to Oklahoma City because of worries about his foot and then in the whole Toronto-Charlotte debacle.
It could give a guy a complex until he realizes he’s got a $13 million contract and I guess you could put up with some inconveniences every now and then.
Al Harrington at five years $34 million to tax-troubled Denver makes little sense to me, but this whole free-agent year’s been making little financial sense so what the heck.
What it does mean is the Raptors are like 99 per cent sure to land Linas Kleiza on that offer sheet he signed.
Unless, of course, Michael Jordan finds some way to mess it up.
Now, if Kleiza only signed his offer sheet last Thursday, which is the day we got to chat with him, it means Denver likely didn’t get a copy of it until Friday at the earliest so that means this Friday is when it becomes official.
And if they didn’t get it Friday, it’ll be Monday before it’s finally done.
Gotta love the waiting around, no?
And now with Turk gone and Boris Diaw not coming, I can see a situation where Kleiza becomes the starting small forward this season.
Or – and this is a bit of a stretch having talked to a few members of the staff – they may want to start Weems in that spot and really get out and run with him, DeRozan, Jack, Bargnani and Amir Johnson.
That, my friends, is not the basketball version of the ’27 Yankees and leads me to think Bryan’s still got some work to do.
Can I just mention, since I haven’t in a while, that the Beloved Seattle Storms are 16-2, have won seven straight, are unbeaten at home and on a roll to beat all rolls?
Yep, I know how to pick ‘em.
Speaking of Yankees, the passing of George Steinbrenner sure created a bit of a buzz, didn’t it?
Now, it’s a tad out of my bailiwick but, really, to hear him lionized as some great man kind of strikes me as odd.
He was a bully and blowhard.
He would belittle players and managers and had a “hey, look at me!” manner about him that irked me.
And the way he treated George Costanza sometimes? Yeesh. Of course, he was broken up that one time George died and he did try to keep him from having to go back to the chicken company but still …
I know at least one of you (hi, Mike!) will be over the moon at the news The New Legend Joey Dorsey had 13 points and 12 rebounds as Toronto beat Houston 100-91 at the summer league Tuesday.
And, it being summer league and all, that’s all I’ll say about that.
Oh, maybe I will mention there was 57 fouls called in a 48-minute 40-minute game and 60 free throws shot.
In case you were wondering, and after the teen boys caught the imagination of some last week you probably should be, the Canadian teen girls start their worlds Friday in France.
Canada’s in a tough group with the USA, France, Turkey, Russia and Japan; same format as the boys with five preliminary round games and the top four advancing to knockout quarter-finals.