And the phones start ringing right away
About 25 minutes, as I recall.
That’s all it took from the time I first heard that Rajon Rondo was likely to have season-ending knee surgery until the first e-mail arrived suggesting the Raptors trade one of their point guards to the Celtics.
Wonder why it took so long?
Seriously, it’s only logical that a team in need of a point guard would come calling the Raptors, who have two with varying degrees of amenable contracts and diverse skills.
And the Celtics now have a need.
But I don’t see a good fit for Toronto either way, actually.
It’s not like this team here at this time in its development needs any of the old Celtics – Paul Pierce is the name you’ll hear floated out there more than any in that group – and any young players Boston have they’d want to keep as they try to move on from this aging group.
Do you do Kyle Lowry and his desirable contract (only $1 million guaranteed next year on about a $6 tab) for a pick or two and some backup kids?
Is there a fit that lets you deal Jose Calderon and his much more expensive deal (about $10 million) without taking on contracts past this year and not screw up next summer’s cap flexibility? And what kind of package could you get back that does that while improving a Toronto team that would then be missing arguably its most important piece?
A quandary, no? And one that Bryan is going to face every time he takes a call from any other general manager around the league.
Personally, and I don’t imagine this will surprise anyone, I’d look to move Lowry first for a couple of reasons.
And, no, it’s not at all because he’s a bad guy or a disruptive force or is doing anything to cause trouble around the team.
It’s just that his contract is attractive and what you could get back money-wise wouldn’t hamper your ability to move forward this summer too much.
A Calderon deal would have to be a blockbuster and no team is likely to deal expiring contract for expiring contract so you’d really be banking on the guy or guys you get back would make the difference for years to come.
This is a delicate time in this team’s growth as the plan unfolds. There are good young pieces in place – no stud, but good young pieces – and making a move in the next month or so is going to have repercussions for some time to come.
Oh, I’m going to say this and take the slings and arrows.
Rajon Rondo was, and will be, a delight to watch on a basketball court; he is a gifted, creative spark who epitomizes point guard play these days.
He also took games off when he didn’t think they mattered and when he didn’t care and I remember him loafing through a game here against Toronto when it looked as if he’d rather had been some other place.
I hope he recovers quickly and fully and has a long career of great games against good teams on national TV.
Golden State’s here tonight? They call Oakland home. Oakland’s in the Bay Area. So …
Speaking of trades, Mike D of Toronto wonders in a leftover from the mail:
Q: It's more or less obligatory for players to answer questions about potential trade rumours with some combination of "I never think about it; if it happens, it happens" and "It's a business." Can you suggest a few responses that, from the perspective of story opportunities or just personal entertainment, you'd rather hear?
A: Heck, yeah.
Here are five in no particular order:
“If they do it, thank heavens for small mercies.”
“It’s a good team calling, right? Playoff money?”
“I don’t know if it’s true but if you can make it happen, please go right ahead.”
“They don’t have Customs there, right?”
“Yes! My 15 per cent trade kicker with kick in!”
Speaking of Golden State, there’s no a lot of doubt in my mind that the variety of uniforms the Warriors wear make them the best decked-out team in the league, right?
I love the one with the cable car but the newest edition looks great, too.
It’s always fun to turn on a game and see what they’re wearing.
Just gonna throw this out there for no real reason to those who watched the end of the Celtics-Heat on Sunday afternoon.
Anyone notice how, with about 90 seconds left and down two, the Heat blew an inbounds play and turned the ball over?
And if you did, I’m pretty sure you stuck around to watch the Celtics, up one with 25.1 left, get forced into blowing their last timeout of regulation time because they couldn’t get the ball in, a timeout they could have really used when they had a possession with two seconds left in regulation and when they couldn’t call a timeout.
Figure that’s on Doc and Spoelstra, right? They need to get better coaching there or practice out of bounds plays more often.
A bit of piling on and, no, I didn’t watch a second but did you read this story about the 62-35 Pro Bowl?
Yeah, that’s a game that can go the way of the do-do bird and I can’t imagine anyone would miss it.
Sounds like it makes the NBA all-star game like old Lakers-Celtics battles of the 80s by comparison.
So we’re at the Red Party Remix – an outstanding event that raised a lot of money for a worthy cause and everyone should be congratulated – and all the players and coaches are there bowling and shooting pool and playing ping-pong and schmoozing at lots of levels.
And the most popular guy in the house?
Might have been Alvin Williams, every time I wandered past his little corner of the room there were pictures being snapped and autographs signed and people going ga-ga.
Good for him.