Most assumed it was coming the day he was given a training camp invite and un-guaranteed contract, and on Saturday, the Raptors waived Jamaal Magloire after the veteran Canadian big man failed to see any pre-season minutes.
Magloire was signed before the lockout shortened 2011-12 season to be a veteran presence and provide some interior toughness, and was said to be a good vet for young bigs like Jonas Valanciunas and Ed Davis to lean on and practice against during this year’s training camp and pre-season.
Of course, with the regular season set to tip off, teams are trimming their rosters to 15 players, and harsh as it may sound, there isn’t much point in using a roster spot on an over the hill 34-year-old who won’t actually play any minutes, especially in a season where the Raptors are actually looking to win games, not just land a lottery pick and “grow.”
If the young guys really have taken a liking to him and Magloire decides to call it a career, I don’t think anyone would mind (I certainly wouldn’t) seeing one of the most successful Canadian players of this generation finding a role somewhere within the Raptors’ organization.
With the release of Magloire, the Raptors roster now sits at 15. Here’s the way I see the depth chart shaping up heading into Wednesday’s opener:
If you’re wondering why some names are used multiple times, we’ve already seen some lineups that feature Lucas at the two, Landry Fields and Alan Anderson can play either of the wing positions (as can DeRozan), Amir Johnson will usually be Dwane Casey’s first big off the bench at either of the two big positions, and of course, if you have to, you can live with Bargnani at the five in certain situations.
The asterisk denotes the 10 players I see being used most often in Casey’s regular rotation. Anderson will likely be the most used of the rest, Gray will be used when the opposing team features a much bigger centre, Kleiza and McGuire will battle for minutes depending on whether extra offence or defence is needed, and Acy will probably only be called upon in garbage time or if injuries force him into the lineup. I can also still see Acy in the D-League at some point this year.
And with that, we creep even closer to the regular season…