Raptors have agreed to send James Johnson to the Sacramento Kings for a second-round draft choice. The deal’s not done but it could be today and it will come as no surprise whatsoever.
"There's no state income tax in Florida, so millions more would stay in a free agent's bank account."
"It's Likely That He Will Leave"
- Bryan Colangelo regarding Chris Bosh's future with the Toronto Raptors.
This statement was made by the Raptors GM only minutes ago on the Fan590 in relation to the team's chances of keeping their All-Star forward.
In what was hardly a cheery interview for Raptors fans, Colangelo also noted that "it's the perfect storm for Chris Bosh to leave" and that suddenly "Amir Johnson becomes very important to sign."
Well, perhaps most of us saw this coming but it doesn't really take the sting away from it does it?
It also does nothing to subdue my anger towards this entire situation, one that Colangelo had multiple kicks at the can to try and remedy.
Of course, we'll have a full breakdown and discussion of this tomorrow morning...
"With the 38th pick in the NBA Draft, the New York Knicks select ... Andy Rautins of Syracuse University."
That's right people, Andy Rautins got drafted. I had been saying all along that the late 2nd round would be his best shot but I never expected him to go this high. He was impressive at his workouts according to reports and he had been working on his point skills to be more multi faceted for the pro game since he was already a lights out shooter. He still has to make the team's opening day roster but in any event he still got drafted by the Knicks.
"Am I waiting on LeBron? Pretty much," Bosh said. "I think everyone has to. I have to as well."
And although he offered no hints about his own future, Bosh believes what James does could affect everything else that goes on this summer.
"He's a great player and I would be crazy to think that all the teams that are considering him, they would talk to somebody else first," Bosh said. "I think everybody is going to be going at him first.
"They'll probably call him at 12:01," Bosh added. "Hopefully they'll call me at 12:02."
From Draftexpress' Jonathan Givony via Twitter:
Portland-Toronto Rudy Fernandez trade is "dead." Not happening. Portland is continuing to be very active, as is OK City.
As well, Givony tweeted that the proposed deal between New Orleans and OKC appears to be dead too, which would have seen OKC flip NO the 18th and 21st picks in exchange for the Hornets' Lottery Pick (Number 11.)
Apparently, OKC has moved on to Toronto as an option meaning the Raps would give up 13 in exchange for 18 and 21.
This is one of those deals that probably happens if the guy Toronto wants isn't around at 13 when they're on the clock, and MIGHT give them a shot at two solid prospects that deep, such as Bledsoe and Alabi.
Keep checking back to the main page of the site for updated rumours concerning the draft and the Raptors...
The perfect companion: Chris Bosh
Bosh hits every checkmark on the list above. He's an outstanding midrange shooter who would provide a fearsome weapon on the pick-and-pop, something James has never really had in Cleveland. His Offensive rebound Rate (9.9 percent) was in the top third of power forwards, which is amazing considering how often he played outside. His Turnover Rate was in the bottom third and his TS% (59.2) was outstanding.
That excerpt was from John Hollinger's post this afternoon on "best fits to play with LeBron James." (ESPN Insider)
In the article, Hollinger uses several metrics to examine which players, either free agents or currently on one of the teams he's rumoured to be considering, would make great complementary teammates for James.
Bosh topped all of Hollinger's criteria edging out the likes of Amar'e Stoudemire, Dirk Nowitzki, Carlos Boozer and David Lee.
Not a great teammate for LeBron or anyone else?
Over the past week we've gotten numerous reports from both media, and fans in Orlando, that Hedo's been partying it up down there. In fact he's apparently been "living" at a certain Orlando nightclub named 23.
Maybe Hedo thinks he can channel Jordan by hanging out there as much as possible?