We’re usually pretty good in terms of keeping on top of Raptors news, both big and small, that finds its way onto the web. But this little tidbit appears to have slipped through the cracks after the Raptors’ 96-72 loss in Miami on Wednesday night.
After the game, Fox Sports Florida’s post-game report featured some interesting comments from Dwane Casey and Jamaal Magloire about Magloire’s status for next season. While some of us may have thought Magloire’s homecoming this season was just that, a one-year homecoming to retire a Raptor, it appears we may have been a little presumptuous.
Here are some of the quotes from the report:
Magloire, on the possibility of retiring after this season: “There’s no chance of that.” Later, “I have a lot of gas left in the tank.”
On the surface, you could assume that just because Jamaal wants to continue playing, it doesn’t mean that someone is necessarily willing to sign him, or that the someone will necessarily be the Raptors. But the post-game report also contains some quotes from coach Casey on the matter:
Casey on bringing Magloire back next season: “That’s our plan. We haven’t really sat down and talked about it. We haven’t made an offer to him. But that’s my hope and my plan.”
Casey went on to talk about how Magloire has helped him out personally through the some of this season’s struggles, and how Jamaal has helped set the tone defensively.
Obviously nothing is set in stone, the final decision should be up to Bryan Colangelo and the Raptors’ management team, and above all, Magloire may not have as much “left in the tank” as he believes.
But at the end of the day, I don’t think bringing him back on another minimum deal for a year would really hurt, especially considering that he would probably see limited minutes (if any) as the team’s third centre and fifth or sixth big.
The way I see it, with the job Dwane Casey has done here, he deserves a couple of rewards, and if he feels having Jamaal Magloire around will help him continue to change the culture in Toronto and set some sort of defensive tone, then just oblige him, and let’s get on with it. After all, it’s not the worst thing in the world to have a character guy like Magloire in the dressing room in a season when two rookies are expected to be handed major roles, especially when one of them is a young centre.
The other thing to consider is that Magloire seems to have solid connections and good relationships with a lot of players around the NBA, and appears to be well respected, so perhaps his role as an ambassador to the city of Toronto can add some value in that respect, though that might just be wishful thinking on my part.
Unless the Raptors win the Anthony Davis sweepstakes, it’s looking like their rotation of bigs next season might be Andrea Bargnani, Jonas Valanciunas, one (or both?) of Amir Johnson or Ed Davis, perhaps Aaron Gray or another veteran centre, then Magloire.
Then again, it’s April 20th, there are still three games left in the current season, and if there’s one thing we know Bryan Colangelo is capable of, it’s a major off-season overhaul.