As you know by now, this past Saturday was a busy one for the Raptors as they sent Jarrett Jack, Marcus Banks and David Andersen to New Orleans in exchange for Peja Stojakovic and Jerryd Bayless.
While I’ve always been a fan of Bayless (I’m sure you’ve seen some of my J. Bay tweets during the many Blazers games on Thursday nights last season) and thought a change of scenery may be necessary for him to fully get the opportunity he needed, I’m intrigued to see how it will shake out for him in Toronto.
I’m also looking forward to getting to know a player who has an outlet I can relate to. If you haven’t heard, Jerryd Bayless is a blogging baller. If you’d like to get to know your newest Raptor a little better, be sure to check the archives of his blog here. He doesn’t just talk about basketball, either. There’s lots of talk about his family and his approach to the game as well as life. As a writer myself, I appreciate anyone who is willing to put their thoughts and emotion out there for all to see.
Since Bayless spent his first two seasons in Portland playing for the Blazers, I went to my man Ben Golliver of Blazersedge fame and CBS Sports goodness to get the goods: