Tuesday July 20 2010 – 9:00am Easteron – Toronto, ON
The Matt Barnes deal may be dead.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports sent out this tweet on his Twitter account a few hours ago:
‘For Matt Barnes-to-Toronto, a league source says, “The sign and trade (scenario) is dead.” Blamed on a “miscalculation” somewhere in talks.’
The transaction for the Raptors was originally reported as a free agent SIGNING (apparently for 2 years, about $10 million), but as more info and sources became available it sounded like this move would be a TRADE involiving Toronto and Orlando … not an outright signing. The reason for such a move, apparently, is that the Raps used most of their mid-level exception on the signing of Linas Kleiza; they wouldn’t have the room – financially, under the CBA – to sign Barnes as well.
So if the sign and trade is dead, is the deal dead entirely?
At this point it looks like that could be the case but the Raptors (and Magic) haven’t said anything in regards to confirming or denying any deal or any talks for that matter.
That’s a key point to keep in mind in this whole scenario: At no point have we heard from the TEAMS themselves. So if this alleged transaction does fall through, we can’t be pointing fingers at the organizations. We have to look at how the info got out, who it came from, and how it was handled. Someone had to tell Barnes. Perhaps his agent? And Barnes had to feel pretty confident that a deal was done if he went ahead and jumped on Twitter and not only announced that he was going to Toronto, but took time to thank the fans of Orlando for a great season last year as well.
Something doesn’t feel right. And, unfortunately, if this alleged deal truly falls through it will be the second time this has happened to the Raptors in about a week … with their deal with Charlotte (for Tyson Chandler and Boris Diaw) having fell threw as well.
Time will tell if the deal is dead or not; or if there even was a deal in the first place!