Archive for the ‘Trade rumours’ Category

If you go all the way back to the summer, the two names that have continued to pop up in trade rumours involving the Raptors are Rudy Gay and Pau Gasol. Gay was rumoured to be coveted by the Raptors before Draft night, was once again linked to the team in minor rumours and suggestions in the early parts of this season, and then eventually was acquired by Toronto after rumours became full fledged reports earlier this week. In other words, when it came to Rudy Gay and Toronto, where there was smoke, there was fire.

As RaptorBlog readers are well aware by now, Gasol’s name became a talking point in Raptors-related trade rumours at the beginning of this season, especially when the Lakers hired Mike D’Antoni, who seems to have a need for a floor stretching big man to play his style of offence. Of course, the Raptors have a floor stretching big man who just happens to be near ready to return from injury, while Gasol and D’Antoni appear to be at odds with each other.

Whether the Lakers actually want any part of Andrea “Enigma Of All Enigmas” Bargnani is certainly worth a discussion on its own, but it appears as though the smoke has begun to fill the room again with respect to Gasol to Toronto rumours.

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UPDATE: The deal is reportedly all but done.

More thoughts to follow…

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By now you’re likely all aware of the Raptors’ renewed interest in Rudy Gay and their reported willingness to include Jose Calderon and Ed Davis in a trade for Gay (in addition to making Kyle Lowry and Andrea Bargnani generally available). You can find my latest thoughts on the reported framework of that deal here, but for now, here are a couple of updates to consider…

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While the Raptors were losing to the Warriors on Monday night, ESPN’s Marc Stein reported that according to “sources with knowledge of the talks,” the Raptors and Grizzlies “are engaged in active trade discussions” with regards to Toronto acquiring Rudy Gay.

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For now, the Raptors don’t have a point guard controversy. Jose Calderon is the starter and Kyle Lowry comes off the bench. We can debate which player should play what role, but for the most part, Dwane Casey rolls with the hot hand at the point down the stretch of games, and both Lowry and Calderon seem content enough when manning the bench.

Controversy avoided, for now, but that also means that with no clear definitive answer at the point, both Raptors point guards are going to be the subject of rampant trade rumours over the next three and a half weeks leading up to the February 21 deadline, and the speculation has already begun in earnest.

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