Does giving away assets really make a lot of sense?
It was about last January, maybe even before, that the thought of using the amnesty clause on Linas Kleiza was first raised.
Made a bit of sense, saved some tax money for the Raptors – they’d still be on the hook for the $4.6 million he’s owed this season – but that was a different time, a different era, a different management team.
Well, now it’s being considered – yahoo.com reported overnight that the decision has been made – and it kind of flies in the face of the vibe we’ve been getting from Masai, and by extension ownership, for weeks.
Whatever he is as a player, and I don’t know what that is since he hasn’t really played in more than a year, Kleiza represents an asset and I don’t know that you give assets away for nothing just to save a few dollars.
Hasn’t the message been from the very top of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment been that financial concerns won’t be at the top of the lit of things to worry about as they try to turn one of their chronically losing major sports franchises into a winner?
And hasn’t Masai been preaching and practicing patience, to wait a bit and see how thing percolate before making too many significant moves.
Now, I have no idea what they might get for Kleiza in a deal either today or throughout the season; I would suspect it would be very little unless his expiring deal was simply cap ballast in a larger transaction sometime down the road.
But if he’s gone, there’s no chance of any of that happening and given what’s transpired with management and with the team, I’m a little surprised they’d just give an asset away, no matter how marginal it was.
Sure, it’s a bit of money saved but not an awful lot; yes, it would clear up a roster spot but it’s not like they’re out there shopping for any significant additions.
The deadline for doing it is midnight east – and I’m three hours behind out here which is why this is so much later than usual – and I would imagine Masai and his group of advisors are mulling over the options and crunching the numbers to see what make sense.
But if they do use the amnesty provision on Kleiza there would seem to be one over-riding reason:
They want to give away an asset – no matter at what level – just to save some cash.
Remember that if it happens.
No, I didn’t run into anything like this out here.
Would have been cool, though.
You never know who you'll run into at these things, who's working for what team or whatever and it's like a festival of basketball in a lot of ways.
So I probably shouldn't have been the least bit surprised that when I was making my first walk around the concourse shared by the Cox Pavilion and the Thomas and Mack Center that I should hear a familiar voice.
"Doug. Doug. What in the world are you doing here?"
And that Atlanta drawl could only mean one thing:
My Man Sam is in the building.
Working hard and living large.
Had a long, great chat, he's doing a daily satellite radio show -- somewhere on Sirius I believe he said -- and has some NBA TV gig on the weekend.
It’s a perfect fit, actually. Any time I’ve seen him on the TV he’s been excellent and you know he’s got the gift of gab.
He’s been a successful NBA head coach and an assistant, had a long and excellent playing career and now it’s time to move on to something else.
And if you’re good at it, you should do it.
I would think that TSN, if it wants to be serious about getting on board at the right time, would want to make him a big part of its basketball coverage somehow. You’ve got the potential for two No. 1 NBA draft picks in a row, a national team program that could very well be one of the best in the world in a few years and a level of popularity that’s unmatched.
Why not get the guy on board now.
And he’s living in high company; walked by one time and he was interviewing Tom Thibodeau, a few minutes later I passed by again and he’s chatting with Jerry West.
Yeah, he’s doing all right.
So the call goes out for Aussie Rules Football stuff and you folks are all over the e-mail and the tweeter and I know what’s going on now.
And for some reason, the Richmond Tigers found a way to reach out and suggest I follow that club so why not?
Kind of dovetails nice with the Mighty Navy Tigers, Richmond’s middle of the ladder right now so I think I need to get on board.
Anyone with me?
Now, I have to find a place to buy some swag.
Yes, the thermometer topped out at 42 C here in Vegas yesterday; no, I did not spend an awful lot of time outside and since it’s going to be the same today, it should be another day in the gym and an air-conditioned restaurant or two.
Didn’t see many yesterday, thankfully. Saw the Raptors scrimmage a bit with Washington before talking to Dwane (here’s what I got) and a few others for some stuff coming up but it’ll be a three- or four-game day today.
Wish me luck.