If there was any doubt – and I doubt there’s been for a couple of weeks – the direction that Masai is going now with the HOTH is crystal clear.
He likes what he’s got, wants to at least give it chance and he’s only filling in the roster with cheap, no-risk additions.
The latest? Austin Daye, on a ridiculously low contract that goes two years for $2 million with the second year only at the team’s option.
The “news” broke while I was being Argo Boy, I didn’t think it was worth going nuts over while I had other stuff on my plate last night; I think that was the right decision.
So, to recap, Ujiri has, in free agency:
Added a former starting point guard as a backup in D.J. Augustin.
Addressed some of the lack of toughness in Tyler Hansbrough.
Got another stretch four and three-point shooter in Daye.
Grabbed an intriguing young guard in Dwight Buycks who may or may not pan out.
Less than $5 million this year with absolutely no obligation for 2014-15. That’s pretty damn efficient, I’d say, leaves whatever flexibility he will have next summer intact and he’s now got low-priced cap ballast if he needs it over the coming season.
Now, none of Hansbrough, Augustin, Daye or Buycks is going to shfit the balance of power in the Eastern Conference, they are all flawed, which is why you can get them so cheap so early in the summer.
Scouts will tell you Daye can’t guard me (in fact, that’s precisely how one league guy put it last week) and that he’s a bit scrawny and needs to bulk up somehow to have any chance at doing something significant.
But he can stretch defences, one guy told me that Daye could possibly be a three in some odd circumstances and he’s got a bit of promise if he ever bulks up.
A couple of other teams – specifically Miami and the Lakers – were sniffing around the former No. 15 draft pick but he picked Toronto.
Now, as I said, this is not a monumental signing by any stretch of the imagination but I have a feeling Daye’s going to be liked here at least a little bit right off the bat.
Was looking at the tweeter late last night and not only had he asked for someone to manufacture a picture of him in a Raptors uniform but one of his first tweety thigns was en Francais and that’s not a bad thing at all.
So good for him and good on Masai for doing exactly what some of us smart-thinking types thought he could do
Now all that’s left to do is find a way to divest themselves of Quentin Richardson and then we can get on with our summer, right?
Folks! Got about three mail things yesterday over at email@example.com.
Surely to all that’s good in the world you can do better.
Oh, yeah, I’m a day late with this but I don’t think that’s a big deal.
Speaks to my age, I suppose, and how quickly time flies but hearing that yesterday was the 10th anniversary of the concert that came to be known as SARStock was a bit shocking.
But was more shocking was that a lot of the stuff I heard was about how the Rolling Stones were the stars and while I’m sure they were pretty good, my recollection is that AC/DC stole the show.
Wasn’t that right?
Now, I wasn’t there because I’d rather stick a pin in my eye that try to watch a show in a crowd of 450,000 or whatever it was but I do remember watching it on TV and thinking, yeah, those AC/DC dudes are pretty good.
Now, the fact no one their right mind should want to got a concert with hundreds of other people dovetails nicely into this question that dovetails nicely into something someone asked in the mail:
Best concert venue?
To me, it’d be a summer place outdoors that’s not too big but one that still attracts good bands.
It’s my ever-lasting regret that I don’t think I ever saw a show at the Kingswood Music Theatre because that would have been perfect in so many different ways, I bet.
But I did like the Ex and had a good time at a few Summerfests down the park formerly known as Rich Stadium. They were big but not too big, not imposing but able to draw Bowie (Ex) and the Stones (Buffalo) in two that I remember. And Springsteen with the roof open at the Dome a few years ago worked well, even if it was bordering on too big.
The Forum or whatever they call it at Ontario Place was and I bet still is a great place to see a show on a summer night.
Not a huge fan of arena venues because the acoustics can sometimes be questionable although I recall Super Son and I having a good night at the ACC checking out Aerosmith a few years ago, even if he couldn’t quite figure out what that smell was.
How about you?
How do you build a good venue for bigger acts?
So it’s Trade Deadline Day (well, the first of Many Trade Deadline Days for the seamheads but it’s the important one) and I imagine there’s some intrigue into what the TOD might do now that the season, as My Man Perk might put it, has been shot behind the ear.
Since I presume it’s impossible to give away Josh Johnson, I’m not sure there’s much that Alex needs to do. To “blow it up” as the saying goes, would send such a bad message I can’t even imagine he’s contemplating it.
Yes, they have needs: Second base, a catcher, a starter or six come quickly to mind but I don’t know that they’ve got the pieces now to make deals to significantly upgrade.
I think they ride out the season, see what they can do in the winter and show up in Florida next spring a bit humble, a lot chastened and ready to work seriously from the get-go.