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Yeah, it’s hyperbole to suggest this is the most important free agency period in Raptors franchise history – I’d put the Alvin Williams, Jerome Williams, Antonio Davis summer right up there – but what the heck.
THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT FREE AGENCY PERIOD IN RAPTORS FRANCHISE HISTORY.
There. Said it.
And what should Masai and The Henchmen do?
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Serge Ibaka: Three years for about $ 66 million or so.
P.J. Tucker: Three years at maybe $ 30 million.
There you go, Bob’s your uncle, whatever that really means.
But the trouble (and I got into it in this straight reporting thing in the paper today) is that the Raptors don’t have the final say. If those guys want to leave, they leave for whatever reason like finances or philosophy or lifestyle and the Raptors are left a shell of what they are.
It took about half an hour yesterday to hear that Miami has some interest in Ibaka, that Houston could be intrigued by a Patterson return and we’ve known all along that Tucker’s skills and relatively low starting salary are going to make him much coveted around the league.
There is a chance that they get none of their guys, which would be a fine kettle of fish, indeed, and signal the dawn of a whole new, not-fun era around here. No matter how things shake out, the Raptors will never have a ton of money to spend and, likely, a dwindling number of players to spend it on.
Finally, as we begin the annual rite of Canada Day – which is waking up to see what craziness has gone on between midnight and about 6 a.m. in the NBA since staying up past 12 is not something I normally do – the usual warnings are necessary.
There will be all kinds of information floating out there about “meetings” and “talks” and “interest” and while I’m not saying anyone sits around intentionally fabricating items I do think everyone needs to take a step back and a deep breath while they digest every snippet that titillates.
For instance, while everyone is focused on what Toronto wants to do with its own free agents, you can be sure Masai has something in mind for the two exceptions he has – the mid-level at about $ 8.4 million and the bi-annual at about $ 3.4 million – that no one’s been able to figure out quite yet.
We’ll try to keep as up-to-date as possible over the weekend with what’s real and what’s not; it’s not an easy gig, it will all come out in the wash and to get too stressed over initial reports of anything is not something I’m interested and you shouldn’t be, either.
This sure has a place on a Canada list, doesn’t it?
If you want to play along, and you should, sending some kind of missive to firstname.lastname@example.org today would be the way to do it.
Get at it, will you. Thanks.
It seems Red defender Steven Beitashour, who must be pretty good because I noticed him a lot the other night and I know very little about the intricacies of the game, was hurt in the game against Montreal to the point that he needed to have surgery on his pancreas.
Mike’s note doesn’t go into a lot of detail except to say Beitashour was in “stable” condition and more information will come when it’s available.
But, really! I don’t know when he got hurt or how but that fact that he played all 95 or so minutes shows a level of toughness that’s to be admired, no?
That dude’s a gamer in the Bobby Baun vein, I’d say, and I hope whatever’s going on isn’t too serious.
You got over or under tonight against the Lions?