The wait goes on, but it's probably worth it
While we’re waiting for Godot Nash, we continue to wonder what Plans C, D, E are for the Raptors after Plan B was kind of revealed with the Landry Fields thing yesterday.
It’s a sensible move, as we tried to explain here, but surely there has to be more and, eventually, we’ll find out.
No way Bryan can sell this team if they don’t get Nash by simply re-signing Jerryd Bayless and adding Fields and keeping “flexibility” for the future, can he? No way.
The Fields thing probably means they’ll be out of the Ersan Ilyasova thing – if he’s a three, they might just have acquired one; if he’s a four, they have a lot of them – and the same probably rings true for Nic Batum because I have a feeling each of those guys are going to get offers sooner rather than later.
Other than that? If there’s no Nash – and despite the slowness of the process there is no indication from anyone I’ve talked to that it’s anything more than a guy taking his time to make a decision, as infuriating as that may be to you – what is there?
The usual suspects.
Goran Dragic – and it looks like it’s not going to work for him in Houston, which probably takes Kyle Lowry out of play.
Jeremy Lin – he’s okay, as we’ve said, in the “unproven outside of 26 games” thing but even if you back-load an offer sheet there, the Knicks might match and some other team may come in with a big offer anyway.
We’ve known all along that this was a suspect free agent crop, a couple of interesting pieces, a bunch of guys who are just different from what’s here and not necessarily better, and the most intriguing ones will likely be snapped up by the end of the week, either with offer sheets or by staying with their current teams.
I’ve been all in favour of going all-in on Nash, I think he’s just what they need on the court and will immediately bring some relevancy back to a somewhat forgotten franchise. There’s no reason to back off of that now, even if the wait’s killing you, oh well. Imagine what it’s doing in the Ivory Tower down at the ACC.
But it may be worth it; or it may turn out to be a gamble that didn’t work and, as we’ve said so many times, I’d far prefer to have an organization gamble and lose than not gamble at all.
May have mentioned before that I believe the only people who appreciate whistling are those doing the whistling but, in memoriam, this is one of most familiar whistled ditties ever.
And who doesn’t remember Barney, Otis, Goober, Aunt Bea and Floyd fondly? To nothing of Opie.
(And there’s no way Andy’s turn as Matlock beats out Andy’s work as Andy, right?)
We’ve given very short shrift to the Canadian cadets men’s team that’s in the under-17 world basketball championships over in Lithuania – my fault entirely with the focus on the women and the Saga Of Steve – but let’s play catch up.
The lads finished their preliminary round with a 3-2 record – wins over Argentina, Korea and Lithuania, losses to Croatia and Spain – and they’ll be off to the knockout quarter-finals on Friday against an opponent still to be determined, with the best guess being Australia.
It’s a pretty good young Canadian team coached by Dave DeAveiro that might have a shot at top 4 finish in its first appearance at a world under-17 championship. They’re missing a couple of key players who moved up and played under-19 – Andrew Wiggins and Trey Lyles – but a solid showing so far and it’s as much about the experience as anything.
We’ll follow ‘em a bit more closely when the quarter-finals unfold later this week.
Oh, can I just toss this out there:
I am soooooooooo tired of Dwight Howard it’s not even funny and I don’t care what happens to him, where he plays, where he wants to play and how he handles himself in the interim.
I didn’t think a player in a few years would evoke such ridicule, anger, mocking and then yawning as LeBron James did but this Howard stuff is putting The Decision right out of mind.
Hey, any Irregulars south of the border, Happy Birthday
Growing up on the border, with a very strong influence from the American side and a neighbour who worked “across the river” the Fourth was kind of a big deal back in the day. Not as big as Canada Day, of course, but still a reason for a big backyard barbecue and I’m thinking hot dogs and a cooler might be a fine way to end this afternoon.
And in the world of Doug’s Reverse Jinxes, as soon as the flame is lit, the Nash news will break.
Remind me again why the NBA had the lockout?
Was it so teams wouldn’t offer horrid contracts to relatively marginal talents and would be fiscally responsible?
Look, I fully admit Roy Hibbert and Eric Gordon are fine young basketball players but to think either of them is “worthy” of a maximum value contract as a restricted free agent – Hibbert from Portland, Gordon from Phoenix – is laughable.
I can kind of understand Toronto back-loading the Fields deal to make it uncomfortable for New York to match and for Houston to do the same thing to the Bulls on an Omer Asik deal but, really, that’s just ridiculous spending and if the owners dare come back in a few years and talk about how the system is broken and needs fixing, they should be ridiculed beyond belief.
Know how one of the fears about Jonas Valanciunas was going to be foul trouble and how he’d have to figure things out as he went along?
Well, he had four fouls and five points but could only play nine minutes as Lithuania drilled Venezuela 100-82 at the Olympic qualifier in Caracas on Tuesday.
The good news?
Linas Kleiza went berserk, hitting 11 of 16 shots for 28 points.