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
** 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.