The chatter begins, at least publicly, as trade day nears
And so it begins anew.
Rumours, rumblings and leaks.
Yes, the Bulls did ask the Raptors about Andrea Bargnani a couple of weeks ago or so.
Yes, the Bulls wanted to see if Toronto had any interest in Carlos Boozer.
And seeing how Boozer makes about $15 million this year to the $10 million Bargnani will make (Boozer has two years and about $32 million left after this season; it’s two years and about $23 for Bargnani), there’d have to a bit more going out from Toronto any way, and not sure what Chicago would want.
But that’s beside the point, really.
I don’t know why Toronto would want Boozer, to tell you the truth. Sure, he’s got some skill and is having a pretty good season but he’s also 31 years old and I wonder if his skillset fits.
That stretch for spot for Toronto, given the construction of the rest of the roster, needs to have some ability to make a three-pointer because those shots will present themselves; and I don’t now if Boozer fits the bill.
Now, this could be re-visited – the whole Rudy Gay thing cooled considerably before it was revived after the first Memphis trade – so we shall never say never but … but every indication I got from everyone I talked with last night suggests this is a non-starter today.
Of course, it’s just the first of many we are likely to hear in the next couple of weeks. Lucky us.
I will say this, and think I did in the noon chat yesterday, but in his search for a backup point guard, I would suspect Bryan would make a call to one place that makes the most sense:
They’ve got Tony Parker and Nando DeColo and Patty Mills and the one kid who might more intriguing as many:
Not sure what the Spurs would want – probably just an expiring contract and an end-of-bench guy – but calling about Joseph’s availability would be one of the first ones I make if I’m the GM.
I’m not the GM, of course, so who knows what happens.
I had never heard this song before, or this singer, but when I was talking to a buddy at Indiana she was mentioned so …
Not bad at all.
So how thrilling and exciting is this job?
Well, Air Canada didn’t screw me over so that’s a good thing (I thank the good thoughts from the folks in the chat and wish I could e-mail some of them and say thanks but addresses are lacking) but it turned into a long one anyway.
Land, have to get to hotel and at least start the Nothing But Net main (here you go if you missed it) and the wander up to the team hotel to spend half an hour in the lobby chatting with Rudy Gay.
That’s done, sit around the lobby (and I was like brown shoes at a black-tie affair in my jeans and their ritzy hotel) for about 90 minutes waiting for the Terrence Ross announcement.
Get it, talk to him for a few, finish off the Net stuff, wander into bar there for a quick one, down to St. Elmo’s for the best shrimp cocktail ever, some catching up with my old bartender friend Chuck and a couple of quick ones before it closes.
Stop at the Marriott sports bar to catch the end of Lakers-Celtics and start of Bulls-Nuggets, walk back to my place and crashed by 11.
Too bad, though. Had fully hoped for a whole St. Elmo’s night; maybe next time. Hate when work gets in the way of planned fun.
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One cool thing.
We’re sitting in the lobby waiting for Ross and I see a vaguely familiar face come in the door about 40 feet away.
Yeah, the ex-Raptor, ex-dunk contest champion and a really friendly guy.
He sits down for about half an hour to catch up and we find out he’s running a private social media site for athletes to stay in touch for charitable events and the like.
He lives here in Indy but, of course, was born and raised in Portland where he ran an AAU program for teens. And one kid who played on that team you might have heard of:
Weird, the things that happen when you lobby-sit for a couple of hours.
Seriously, what are the chances the Air Canada flight that’s supposed to come to Indy today to pick me up for the 7 a.m. flight back tomorrow makes it out of Pearson this afternoon?
And, while I really like Indianapolis a lot, we were stranded here for about two days thanks to an ice storm a couple of years ago and I’m not entirely sure I want to do it again.
I hear and read that it’s like summer over in Sochi and there’s no snow and no cold and it’s one year minus one day until the 2014 Winter Games begin?
Now, I have no idea if I’m going to be asked to go or not – and not entirely sure three weeks away from my beat is the best idea – but covering a winter Games in spring or summer weather sure sounds good.
But now’s also the time we generally start paying attention the women and men who’ll probably dominate a lot at the Winter Games (we are far more successful there than at the summer event) and given that it’s a quiet time in pro sports, start finding out about those athletes, would you?
I’ve always thought Olympians get short shrift from the public, and the media, so maybe it’s time to change that a bit and for everyone to start learning about the athletes they’ll cheer for a year from now.