Archive for the ‘Free Agency’ Category

The aggressive pursuit of Steve Nash is dominating basketball headlines North of the border right now, and rightfully so. Besides the whole Canadiana thing, Nash can still take a low level team like the Raptors and have them in playoff contention, even at the age of 38.

But while Nash gets all of the hype and most of the media attention, there are a few other names out there to keep an eye on. As ESPN reported on Sunday, a large backloaded contract offer, termed a “poison pill” contract, could still get Jeremy Lin out of New York City, and the Raptors are mentioned in that report.

Acquiring one of Nash or Lin would certainly be a major splash for the Raptors and would generate a ton of buzz around the team.

But one name that I feel isn’t getting enough attention is Ersan Ilyasova. The young Bucks forward has steadily progressed over the last six years (four of which have been spent in the NBA) since joining the Association as a 19-year-old for the 2006-2007 season.

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Over the coming days and weeks, we’ll have plenty of time to either dissect the Raptors’ acquisition of Steve Nash, or debate why exactly Toronto couldn’t seal the deal.

If Bryan Colangelo does the seal the deal, there will also be plenty of room for discussion on how Nash could impact the current edition of the Raptors, as well as the franchise as a whole.

But as of right now (or at least as I write this), all we know is that Steve Nash is an unrestricted free agent, and that the Raptors are one of the teams pursuing his services.

So if you wake up on Canada Day and want to know what you might have missed re: Nash through the night, here’s a quick list to get you up to speed:

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