Thursday February 19 2009 – 7:21pm Eastern (New York)

As expected, the Toronto Raptors were not major players on trade deadline day.

But Bryan Colangelo was able to make one minor move …

Will Solomon was traded to the Sacramento Kings in a 3-team deal.  The Boston Celtics get a 2nd round pick from Sac-town and Toronto receives Patrick O’Bryant from the Celts.  The Kings will also get cash considerations from Boston.

O’Bryant was drafted 9th overall by Golden State in 2006.  The 22-year-old product of Bradley stands 7-feet tall and weighs in at 250lbs.  He was used sparingly by the Celts and it’s probably fair to say that he’s still considered a project at this point in his career.

Solomon was brought to Toronto to be Jose Calderon’s primary back up but that plan simply didn’t pan out.  Solomon struggled at the point and never really established himself as a reliable combo guard either.  He was passed on the depth chart by up-and-coming rookie Roko Ukic and was barely seeing any floor time at all.

To be honest, the fact that Colangelo was able to get anything at all for Solomon is … well … surprising … and … impressive.

I told you in recent blogs that the Raps wouldn’t make a lot of noise after the Marion-O’Neal trade … and I told ya the Chris Bosh rumours were bogus as well.  Now maybe ya’ll see why I hate fantasy trades and the rumour mill so much!

Now, we CAN fire up the speculation again RE: Bosh or anyone else in the off-season, but for now, let’s give it a rest.

I will have more trade discussion on the VLOG – with Jonesy – tomorrow

E. Smith


** UPDATE:  8:10pm Eastern (New York)

Here’s the the official press release from the Toronto Raptors:

      The Toronto Raptors announced Thursday they have acquired centre Patrick O’Bryant in a three-team trade that sent guard Will Solomon to the Sacramento Kings. Additionally, Sacramento receives cash considerations from Boston , while Boston receives a conditional second-round pick in 2014 from Sacramento . 

O’Bryant, selected ninth overall by the Golden State Warriors in the 2006 NBA Draft, has averaged 1.6 points, 1.3 rebounds and 4.9 minutes in 66 games over three seasons with Golden State and Boston. In 26 games this season, O’Bryant, 22, is averaging 1.5 points and 1.3 rebounds.  O’Bryant signed as a free agent with Boston on July 16, 2008.

During two seasons at Bradley University , O’Bryant averaged 11.6 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.83 blocks in 52 games (47 starts).  He appeared in 25 games during his second collegiate season, averaging 13.4 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.88 blocks en route to being named the 2006 Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year.  

The Raptors signed Solomon as a free agent July 28, 2008. He appeared in 39 games with Toronto , averaging 4.9 points and 3.2 assists.

12 Responses to “Solomon Traded”
  1. 1.

    Now we have two 7 footers who can’t score. I hope he has as good an atitude as Jake V.

    Eric, if Joey G and shortly Hump are two energy bigs off the bench, are Jake V and now O’Bryant basically going to sit, except in blow-outs?

    If so, aren’t we REALLY thin off the bench?

    - Gary
  2. 2.

    Hope O’Bryant can play like a Paul Milsap… LOL

    - RAPS FAN
  3. 3.

    Thats the size the raps need. The raptors have to stop with the 4s at 5 then maby they will grab a few more rebounds. A center is not just tall he can throw his weight around.

    - Rob from brantford
  4. 4.

    Great move by BC. With O’neal out, we needed another big and we got that with O’Bryant who looks intriguing even though he has poor numbers. He could be a surprise and I believe Triano will look to give him about 10-12 minutes a night since Hump is out and Jawai and Jake are not that great. Anyway, I like the trade. Go raps

    - Chris
  5. 5.

    Will Solomon SUCKED. It really is that simple. I hope this teaches the Raptors a lesson that we have talent in North America too.

    - James Borbath
  6. 6.

    So Mr.Colangelo signs Solomon in the summer and trades him a few months later….Mr.Colangelo trades for J.O and trades him a few months later for Marion who most likely will not re sign with the Raptors once he plays a few games and realizes that the Raptors are far from contending for anything. Colangelo basically gave away Rasho and T.J for Marcus Banks and his 4million plus salary! So with that said Mr.Colangelo seems to be running around in circles…he says he wants to be a running team but trades T.J Ford who can run with the best of them for J.O who couldnt run at all ! …. makes no sense. Now he goes out and gets Marion who wants to run but instead watches Jose Calderon dribble up the court and stand at the top of the three point line and lets the other team establish the defense and then passes the ball to the first open shooter for a long jumpshot! The funniest thing I saw in the game against the Cavs was watching Jose run around in the paint while Marion stood there and watched jose do circles in the paint without attempting a shot and he was right under the basket twice! what a joke. If Colangelo wanted to be a running team he should have kept T.J and should have traded Jose. Colangelo’s so called runnning “PLAN” was off to a wrong start from the get go…RUNNING STARTS WITH THE POINT GUARD and Jose just isnt that type of PG !

    - Neil
  7. 7.

    I forgot about Jawai. So we have THREE 7 footers as question marks in terms of future value.

    At least I know you can throw Jake V out there to deliver a hard foul or two and sit down again…

    Eric, O’Bryant is only 22 and it takes awhile for these huge kids to grow into their bodies and get control.

    He’s only been given an avg of 5 minutes a game the last three years so we don’t really know. Is it possible he has any significant upside at all? After all he was a first round pick (9th overall) as a 19 year old.

    - Gary
  8. 8.

    Patrick O’Bryant?

    This is what happens when you lose the Jerome James sweepstakes

    *tongue planted firmly in cheek*

    - Steve Clark
  9. 9.

    Re Calderon/Marion, Jose can run whatever offense Triano asks him to. It may take him a few games to get used to the Matrix’s movement, after playing with Moon at SF for 2 years, who did very little but stand on the perimeter most of the time.

    Raptors the last 2 years ran a predominent P&R offense with Bosh, and this year a feed the post, in & out with O’Neal/Bosh,1st, 2nd, & 3rd, and now a running game with Triano and the Matrix. Changing personell and sytems does not happen overnight, but will improve with familiarity.

    - Johnn19
  10. 10.

    O’Bryant showed some promise off his 2 years at Bradley, but is very young at 22 for his position, but has more experience than Jawai, and a year and a half to show if he can play a back-up role for Rap’s.

    - Johnn19
  11. 11.

    OBryant is a steal for will solomon. I agree they should of kept TJ instead of jose. We would be a 500 team with TJ and in the playoff picture.

    - jose hater
  12. 12.

    All I can say is Solomon is with the Celtics and that means with being another NBA curse leaves Boston without a 2nd appearance to the NBA Finals.

    - Vegita
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