Friday June 25 2010 – 2:35pm Eastern – Toronto, ON
It was an interesting night for the Toronto Raptors as a projected Top 10 pick fell a few slots in the draft and landed in Toronto’s lap.
Big man Ed Davis did not work out for any teams outside of the Top 10 teams but when he was still on the board, Bryan Colangelo had to jump on him.
The North Carolina product is a solid shot-blocker and rebounder and he gives the Raps some insurance for the potential departure of Chris Bosh.
Davis, the son of former NBA’er Terry Davis, is recovering from a wrist injury but Colangelo is still hoping that the lanky forward will suit up for the Raptors in the Vegas Summer League in a couple of weeks.
Soon after the selection was made, Davis joined the media at the Air Canada Centre via conference call:
Jay Triano then weighed in on the acquisition of Davis and looked ahead to the rest of the evening and what might be in store for Toronto:
But apparently Triano was wrong about the Raptors being done for the night. Colangelo was able to add another big man to the roster when he pulled off a late night deal with the Dallas Mavericks … sending a 2013 2nd round pick and some cash to the Lone Star State for Florida State’s Solomon Alabi.
Colangelo hinted at the Alabi deal (but didn’t officially announce it) and talked about his ‘draft night’ overall when he spoke with reporters just before midnight:
The usual tradition is to have the draft picks in town the day after the draft but due to the G20 summit going on in Toronto, Davis (and maybe Alabi) will not have a press conference and jersey unveiling until some time next week – or later.
For more on the Raptors and what went down over the course of the evening, check out the live chat that Paul Jones and I hosted for nearly 6 hours last night:
Have a good one folks