Monday July 6 2009 – 7:07am Eastern (Toronto, ON)
I’m going to slightly break one of my cardinal rules here … and “speculate” a little bit.
However, I won’t create fantasy trades or play the role of Phantom GM here. I hate when folks do that. I’m not a fan of writers, broadcasters, or fans creating wild scenarios that end up being “rumor mill” B.S. half of the time.
Let’s just deal with what’s out there already …
There are rumblings that the Cleveland Cavaliers are interested in Raptors’ free agent guard Anthony Parker.
There are also rumblings that Bryan Colangelo may attempt to work out a sign-and-trade for Parker – if he’s able to do so before officially renouncing AP’s rights and moving forward with the Hedo Turkoglu signing.
There were also murmurs of the Boston Celtics having interest in Parker but now that Rasheed Wallace has signed in Beantown, that’s an unlikely fit.
How ’bout San Antonio? Though Richard Jefferson is now in town, the Spurs could use a veteran wing like AP to replace the now-departed Bruce Bowen.
No matter what happens, if Parker isn’t back in T.O. … he will be missed (especially off the floor; there are few nicer athletes).
Perhaps – if Parker (or Shawn Marion) IS moved in a sign-and-trade – there’ll be enough money left for Carlos Delfino. Is it a given that Toronto MUST renounce him in order to make room for Turkoglu? Time will tell.
Rumor has it (there’s that word again) that Colangelo and his cap crunchers are trying to find every financial way possible to tweak the roster beyond just the Hedo signing … knowing that there are few tradable “commodities” on this team other than maybe Kris Humphries (and that may be a strech given that Hump is coming off of a broken leg).
But whether Delfino is here or not – or whether Toronto has any exceptions to use on slightly-higher priced free agents or not – Colangelo should have a little wiggle room for players that’ll sign for the league minimum … or slightly more.
And who might fit that bill?
Again – I’m not suggesting that these are players the Raptors SHOULD get – I’m merely pointing out the type of player(s) that could be on Toronto’s radar (especially at the 2-3 … where there is little behind Turkoglu and rookie DeMar DeRozan):
Matt Barnes (29) – made just under $800,000 last year and I can’t see him making much more than that this season.
Keith Bogans (29) – made about $2.5 million last year. Could that salary be chopped in half this year? It is a buyer’s market. There are more players than money out there.
Gerald Green (24) – made just under $800k last year. He has never lived up to his potential (or hype). But could he be one of those guys that just takes longer to blossom. Is he worth a shot as a cheap(er) option on your bench?
Dahntay Jones (28) – made just under $800k last year but he’s expected to re-sign in Denver and actually get a bit of a raise as well. We’ll see.
Bobby Jackson (36) – at this stage (and age) of his career, can he be had for the veteran minimum? Can you get him for about a million bucks? He may be the kind of defender you’re looking for in the 2nd unit – giving you time at the 1 and 2. And there’s NO way he’ll make anywhere near the $6+ million he was bringing home last season.
Quinton Ross (28) – made just under $800,000 in Memphis last year; could provide some length and athleticism.
Ime Udoka (31) – made just over $1 million with the Spurs last year. Could he recapture his 2006-2007 glory when he average nearly 8.5 PPG and 4.0 REB for the Blazers?
Carl English (28) – a Summer League invite by the Raps could be English’s last chance to crack through into the NBA after previous attempts (notably – with Indiana) fell short.
There will be other choices for Toronto if they end up having more money to spend and/or if the trade route proves to be more viable than any potential signings.
It should be fun to see how it all unfolds and how the Raptors’ management team puts all of the pieces together.
I’ve told you before: They’re not done. The Turkoglu deal is not the one and only move. More dominoes will fall.