And the guards just keep on coming back
In case you missed it, and we only had a very tiny item in Sunday’s paper because I was slacking a little bit, Leandro Barbosa is coming back.
At least that’s the plan.
Barbosa picked up the option year of his contract on the weekend, and while I can’t say I’m the least bit surprised, now we have wait and see how he fits in whenever the next season begins.
Already with Jose Calderon and Jerryd Bayless under contract, I think the backcourt rotation is pretty set unless Bryan feels compelled to move someone and there’s been no indication privately that anything is afoot.
Combine those three with DeRozan and you can already see how crowded it is in the backcourt, there might be room for one youngster to crack it as the fifth guy in a five-man rotation so when you’re wondering what moves might be made this summer, take in mind the crowded nature of the one and two spots.
What was it that Casey said on draft night?
“We’ve got umpteen million guards.”
Nothing of interest happened on Treme last night.
Not a single thing.
And if it did, I wouldn’t tell you anyway.
It’s going to be like a Festival of Raptors Basketball over in Caceres, Spain this week.
Understand that DeMar and Sonny are taking their show on the road to help out Jose at a camp or somesuch over there, at least that’s what Jose sent in one of those tweet thingies last night.
Nice to see the lads hanging out in the summer and Jose’s always the international social convener.
I know he had Bosh over there one summer and AP one year and it’s kind of cool when the teammates hang out, just to increase the level of familiarity between them.
Be nice if there was a grunt there to chronicle it.
From our list of Things That If They Were On My Back Deck Would Send Me Scurrying To The Front Porch, how’d you like the Bollywood thing and the BET Awards on the weekend?
This gets to another week bit of news, not unexpected, that developed when you might have been off doing things:
Q: From what I understand is that the Raps will pay $500 thousand towards JV's buyout (next year) and JV will pay the rest. Well what if JV said, look I don't want to spend a million or so dollars, I want to wait 2 years so that it costs me less. Not that I expect him to do that, but can a player in that situation tell the NBA team to wait for solely the money reasoning?
Eric M, Guelph
A: They absolutely can, if they want, but I don’t remember it ever happening as you describe it.
Now, we also all know that they have reached an official agreement on a buyout of Valanciunas’ contract and he’ll spend next year for sure playing with this Lithuanian club team before heading here for the 2012-13 season.
It would, of course, be far better if he was to spend the season in the NBA but having some definitive answers on when he’ll come this far in advance lifts a bit of a cloud that’s been hovering since draft night. And since they got it done so quickly and without any rancour at all, speaks to a pretty good relationship that’s developed between the Raptors and Lithuanian officials and that’s only going to help, too.
Bryan suggested late last week, before the official deal was agreed to, that regardless of what transpired, Toronto would keep a close eye on its asset in the coming season.
That will probably mean several visits by members of the team’s staff – at least when they’re officially allowed to after any lockout – and constant communication between the two teams. Politically, the Raptors can’t demand or even ask for any specific style of play or anything like that, but a good working relationship sure helps.
Of course I watched a great chunk of the women’s football game on Sunday; tough loss but that Sinclair’s pretty special, no?
The women’s World Cup is one of those events that you have to pay attention to even if you know nothing about the team, the sport, the magnitude of the event.
And if you’re a guy who’s ridden a bullet train from Beijing to Tanzing to watch them play, it’s even more important to pay attention.
Check ‘em out this week if you can.
A weekend thought:
What takes longer?
The first round of the pucks draft or the gestation period of an elephant?
Keeping with our all things Jonas bent, the kid’s in for a pretty busy summer.
He bolted out of his Friday news conference to get back home so he could join his Lithuanian team for the Under-19 world championships that start this week in Latvia and he’s going from there to join his senior national team training camp for EuroBasket that’s being held in Lithuania starting in late August.
Good thing the kid’s young and full of vim and vigour, no?
We’ll get more into the Under-19 thing during the week since Canada’s actually in the same preliminary-round pool with Lithuania (wonder how much a last-minute plane ticket is?) but it’s got to be nice to know one of the Raptors, so to speak, may be taking part in the two most significant summer events on the basketball schedule.
I’ve got to go to closet and dig out the rumpled raincoat, find myself a nice cigar to light and then go fight me some crime.