Tag:Toronto Raptors
Posted on: December 8, 2010 8:37 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:20 pm
 

Nuggets would be right to move Carmelo Anthony

The Denver Nuggets' new management is reportedly ready to trade Carmelo Anthony and they have an idea about what they are looking for in return.carmelo-anthony Posted by Ben Golliver The writing has been on the wall since last summer: the Denver Nuggets need to trade Carmelo Anthony if they cannot get him to agree to a contract extension, so they aren't left empty-handed like the Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors, when LeBron James and Chris Bosh, left those respective towns as free agents without looking back. With such an obvious predicament, the organization brought in a new front office this fall led by first-time GM Masai Ujiri to help make the best of a bad situation. The group has so far looked thoughtful and restrained, shopping Anthony with solid results, biding its time to think through the possibilities, and hope that their all star forward magically decides that stability in Denver is more important than the lures of free agency and/or the big city lights. Any time you considering a franchise-altering trade, it's critically important to investigate all options, weighs the pros and cons of each and carefully plot the course going forward. With the Dec. 15 date for players signed during the summer coming up next week, and the trade deadline inching closer by the day, Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports that the Nuggets have gone through the necessary machinations and come to the same inevitable conclusion that faced them over the summer: trading Anthony is a necessity, and receiving a rebuild-friendly offer that includes young players, reasonable contracts and draft picks is of the utmost importance.
According to people in contact with the Nuggets’ management team, there is far more clarity today about what the team is seeking in a potential Anthony trade than there was in September, when new GM Masai Ujiri was thrust into the tempest in his initial days and weeks on the job. Executives believe the Nuggets have decided they would like to receive the best possible package of young players and are not interested in stopgap options that would hamper their flexibility. Acquiring a high-priced veteran player -- such as Andre Iguodala, whose talent the Nuggets value but not his contract -- would only hurt the team’s ability to build around youth while maintaining payroll flexibility into the uncertainty of a new collective bargaining agreement. 
The Nets’ package of 2010 No. 4 pick Derrick Favors, guard Devin Harris, the expiring contract of Kris Humphries and two first-round picks remains the most attractive option to the Nuggets, sources say. Additional trade partners such as Charlotte and Utah are not eager to get involved in the discussions again, but wouldn’t necessarily be needed this time. 
If that offer is on the table, there should be absolutely no hesitation on Denver's part. Two solid starting pieces paid reasonable salaries, plus picks, plus a measure of financial flexibility heading into a potential lockout? If you're Denver, what more could you possibly want and reasonably expect? Pull the trigger before the Nets realize Anthony isn't actually that good. The next step would be to move veteran point guard Chauncey Billups in a similar fashion, and the future would be upon the Nuggets far more quickly that they could have hoped. One needs look no further than the mess in Cleveland for added motivation to go through with trading Anthony. A coach who wonders whether his players are listening. Players who lay down and get punked by James in his return to Cleveland. All sorts of mismatched, expensive roster pieces that no longer fit together after the centerpiece is gone. A lack of young talent, save forward J.J. Hickson, to provide an element of excitement and hope to a starving fanbase.  Denver: you really, really, really do not want to be Cleveland. Move Anthony, and ensure your future is brighter.
Posted on: December 1, 2010 8:56 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:10 pm
 

Report: Rogers telecom in talks to buy Raptors

Rogers is in talks to purchase a majority stake in Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment from the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, giving thetoronto-raptors telecommunications giant control of the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs and NBA's Toronto Raptors. Posted by Ben Golliver Fair warning: this post is about Canada. It's also about a potential $1 billion professional sports transaction, so you should keep reading. Rogers is a giant company in Canada, a wireless, phone, television and internet provider akin to Comcast or AT&T in the United States. The company owns Major League Baseball's Toronto Blue Jays and, according to the Toronto Star, is making a major, major offer to essentially monopolize professional sports in Toronto by buying a majority stake in the National Hockey League's Toronto Maple Leafs, the National Basketball Association's Toronto Raptors and Major League Soccer's Toronto FC.
In what would be the biggest transaction in Canadian sport history, Rogers is in talks to buy the Toronto Maple Leafs in a deal worth more than $1 billion, sources said Tuesday.
The sale would include the Raptors, Toronto FC soccer club and the Marlies, the Maple Leafs’ minor league hockey team.
Buying a majority stake in Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment from the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan would transform Rogers, which already owns the Toronto Blue Jays, into one of the most powerful sports enterprises in North America.

The Star also reports the deal would include the television stations that broadcast both the Maple Leafs and the Raptors and could potentially lead to the formation of a regional sports television network.

What are the first-glance implications of this deal? 

For starters, it would give the Raptors a steady, wealthy ownership group invested in keeping the Raptors in Toronto. While the organization has one of the league's most dedicated fanbases and rarely comes up in the discussion of possible franchise relocation anymore, that's a nice peace of mind. Of course, the consolidation and resulting lack of competition could come with a price tag attached, in the form of higher ticket prices and/or content delivery charges.

More importantly for the NBA as a whole, though, is the reported $1.3 billion offer, which is a huge number. Any way you divvy it up between the franchises included in that purchase price, the figure represents a strong valuation for the Raptors. For comparison, Forbes valued the Raptors at $386 million dollars in December 2009. Forbes also ranked the Maple Leafs as the most valuable NHL franchise in Nov. 2009, at $470 million. In other words, Rogers isn't getting a group discount by buying the entire lot, and is almost certainly paying a significant premium above Forbes' valuation for the Raptors. 

This is an important point, because it serves as a reflection of the perceived economic strength of the NBA. In ongoing labor negotiations, the owners have argued that the league needs to retool its broken business model. It's a bit harder to make that argument when a major corporate buyer is lining up to pay huge money simply for the right to participate in that broken business model.

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Posted on: November 29, 2010 10:53 am
Edited on: November 29, 2010 12:25 pm
 

Shootaround 11.29.10: In and Out

Positional struggles, Heat bar losing dough, Westphal losing a lot, and the Lakers should have lost by more, all in today's Shootaround. Posted by Matt Moore
  • Two things about this interview with Sam Bowie about Greg Oden: 1. the point about Bowie being happier with his life than Jordan is something Oden really should focus on and 2. unfortunately Oden can't afford to do what Bowie suggests and give himself extra time. There's just too much pressure, especially with his contract situation.
  • The Miami bar that offered to pay a $25 bar tab if the Heat lost? Yeah, they've lost $30,000 so far . And while the publicity is great, you have to wonder if they're going to have to cut that out soon.
  • Is DeJuan Blair a bad fit for the Spurs as currently concocted? The idea is that he's a 5 and Duncan's a 5 and because his skills don't compliment Duncan, that limits him. I think he could probably survive with Duncan if his weakside rotations were better. Hard to imagine Greg Popovich is really concerned about his "clean-up" center shooting. Players who have played well in that role include Fabricio Oberto and Kurt Thomas.
  • Marc Gasol is not healthy, and it's showing . I watched Memphis-Golden State over the holiday and Andris Biedrins absolutely destroyed Gasol. It wasn't even shiftiness or the system. He just shot over Gasol. For a normally terrific defender, it's bizarre to see him lacking in straigt-up man defense like this.
Posted on: November 27, 2010 3:33 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:06 pm
 

Reggie Evans breaks foot, out indefinitely

Toronto Raptors forward Reggie Evans fractured his right foot and is out indefinitely. Posted by Ben Golliver reggie-evans In addition to being a deep thinker on gender issues , Toronto Raptors forward Reggie Evans is one of the NBA's most incredible single-tool players.  Evans rebounds, and nothing more. As of Sunday, Evans was No. 3 in the league with 12.6 rebounds per game, and he was tops for rebounds per 48 minutes , with 21.7. Evans does the dirty work and he does it without requiring touches. On a team as soft as the Raptors, he is worth his weight in gold. Unfortunately for Toronto, Evans fractured his right foot during a Friday night 110-101 loss to the Boston Celtics, according to the team's television broadcaster . The Toronto Star reports that the team and coach Jay Triano have not placed a timeline on Evans' recovery from the broken foot, but it's obviously expected to be lengthy.
“It’s broken, a fracture, a break, I don’t know,” a downcast Triano said. “X-rays were positive, I have no idea of timeline or anything else.”
Evans, who averages nearly 12 rebounds a night and is by far Toronto’s most effective player on the boards, was injured with about six minutes left in the third quarter and hobbled to the bench. He had the x-rays in the arena and got the bad news there, departing for the team bus on crutches before the post-game media session began. He missed 50 games last season with an injury to his other foot but was among Toronto’s best players before Friday’s mishap.“He went up for a rebound and I guess he came down funny on it and felt something and knew he was in trouble,” said Triano.
The Raptors can't replace Evans' rebounding, and will likely look to fill his minutes using a platoon of foul-prone Amir Johnson, over-the-hill Peja Stojakovic, and untested Joey Dorsey. Rookie power forward Ed Davis has been recovering from an injury earlier in the year and was recently sent down to the D-League  and could be another option down the line. However they try to plug it, the hole on the boards won't make for a pretty sight as the Raptors, with Evans, were in the middle of the pack in the Atlantic Division at 6-10. For his part, the tough-minded Evans took the news well, addressing Raptors fans and the city of Toronto on his Twitter account Friday night. "T Dot let's not feel sorry for me just minor setbacks for a major comeback," Evans wrote. "Let's Get Itttttttttttttttttt."
Posted on: November 26, 2010 12:40 pm
Edited on: November 26, 2010 6:08 pm
 

Your NBA Fantasy Black Friday Deals

Your NBA Black Friday Fantasy deals: come find the bargain fantasy guys you're looking for.
Posted by Kevin Goodwin

Well, folks, it's that time of year again. The day we shake off those paralyzing turkey chemicals and drag ourselves out of bed in the wee hours. The day we maraud from store to store like a pack of ravenous credit-wielding zombies. The day we do the ridiculous in the name of big deals and unparalleled savings. Black Friday hath cometh.

Fortunately, Fantasy owners don't even have to leave their couch to find great bargains … and it's the right time of year for those as well. I've got 10 super-saver steals that could put your team on the track to success in the New Year.  Don't let those other fantasy shoppers beat you to the bargains!

Fantasy Shopping Cart: Calderon's Fantasy value is sky high, and Fantasy owners are clearing out long-term roster space to snatch him up. Since Jarrett Jack was traded to New Orleans, Calderon will see the lion's share of minutes up in Toronto.  He has been producing at a high level recently, and is averaging 12.3 points and 6.5 assists over his last four games entering Black Friday. He should continue to perform for the Raptors, and for Fantasy owners from here on out.

Real Deal Equivalent: Squinkies Bubble Pack - $11.99 at Babies"R"Us
They're definitely not the most glamorous item on the list, but are widely considered to be one of the hottest grabs of the season. It's kind of like the Furby toy from a few years ago, except they're supposedly very collectable to kids, and will likely be worth holding on to for the long haul.

Fantasy Shopping Cart: Flynn still doesn't have a timetable for his return, but it's getting closer. Minnesota brought in veteran guard Luke Ridnour to push Flynn for the starting job this year, but a hip injury to Flynn deflated any competition. Now, Flynn will have to prove his worth to coach Kurt Rambis. We all know Rambis was limiting Kevin Love's minutes to start the season, so it's unclear how he'll treat Flynn when he does return. But Fantasy owners who are hurting in the guard position should keep an eye on Flynn. He has more of an upside than Ridnour, and can offer you around 13-15 points and 4-5 assists per game. He also shot 35.8 percent from downtown last season, which is a nice gift for Fantasy owners around the holidays.

Real Deal Equivalent: 1/3 Carat Diamond White Gold Bypass Bridal Ring Set - $219 at Wal-Mart
Gets the job done... and looks enough like the high-end alternatives when the time comes to take it out of the box. Plus, it'll be easy to cry poverty when you're dealing with those pesky alimony hearings.

    3. Troy Murphy, forward, New Jersey Nets (Owned 85 percent/Started 10 percent)

Fantasy Shopping Cart: Murphy has been inactive for five games now, and is sitting behind Kris Humphries and rookie Derrick Favors on the depth chart. Coach Avery Johnson hasn't been able to figure out what to do with Murphy. He missed the preseason and the start of the regular season with a back injury, but is now on the shelf because of his conditioning. The Nets traded for Murphy with the hope that he could be a starter, and now he's not playing or bringing in any Fantasy points. Not what anyone wants from a Round 5 or 6 draft choice (his average in CBSSports.com Fantasy leagues). Still, in leagues where he's available, Murphy would be worth grabbing while you can. If he gets traded by the Nets, he could go back to his 15-10 stat line, and smart Fantasy owners could get him on the cheap if they can afford to keep him reserved until he sees more court time. Keep in mind, Murphy also has a history of late-season success -- Since the 2006-07 NBA season he's averaged 11.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per game before the All-Star break and 14.8 PPG and 9.1 boards post All-Star.

Real Deal Equivalent: Samsung SMX-F40 SD camcorder - $119 at K-Mart
Sure, it might not be something you're going to use all the time, but when the battery is fully charged, this baby could come in pretty handy. Just think how useful it could be when one of your buddies falls asleep in the middle of a party. Youtube!  

Fantasy Shopping Cart: Okur hasn't played yet this season, and is available in almost half of Fantasy leagues. With the Jazz playing so well to start the year, owners with room on their roster may have good reason to add the veteran big man. As a career 37.8 3-point shooter, Okur is hardly a typical center, which makes him a nice player to own in category-based leagues. Utah's addition of Al Jefferson may scare some owners off, but nabbing Okur now before a timetable is set could pay nice dividends.

Real Deal Equivalent: Yankee Candle Pine & Cinnamon Jar Candles - $17.99 at Kohl's
Maybe you didn't have time to cut down a premiere 7-footer in the draft. Maybe you're just desperate to hide the despicable funk emanating from those 1997 Jordans that can't seem to find their way to the trashcan. Either way, this is a great way to Spruce up your lineup for the winter run... terrible pun, definitely intended.

Fantasy Shopping Cart: Przybilla is set to make his season debut on Black Friday, which gives Fantasy owners a perfect opportunity to check him out. He'll likely be rusty coming off knee surgery, but is a center worth keeping tabs on or adding in deeper formats. He doesn't score many points, but is a good source of rebounds and shoots with high efficiency from the field -- 55.5 percent for his career. Also, take in to account that Portland needs bodies on the frontcourt, which means Przybilla will get plenty of playing time. Remember he should be targeted in deeper Fantasy formats, not standard leagues.

Real Deal Equivalent:  Craftsman 179cc 24'' Two-stage Snowblower - $583 at Sears
Powerful, but a little one-dimensional. Still, winter can be long and arduous, as can the NBA season. Finding a bargain like this could be the easiest way to clear your path to the playoffs.

Fantasy Shopping Cart: Butler isn't having a very good start to the season, which means now is the time to buy. Some Fantasy owners may want to drop him, but realize he's worth too much to just throw away. That being the case, they may be willing to part with Butler for next to nothing. He hasn't fully adjusted to being in Dallas since coming over from Washington, and the one thing that would help Butler's Fantasy appeal most is being traded. So, owners that like to gamble could make the move for Butler now. Last year, Butler averaged 15.2 points and 5.4 boards with the Mavericks, so the potential is there for Fantasy owners to see a nice return on their investment.

Real Deal Equivalent:  55" Westinghouse 120Hz, 1080p LCD TV - $799.99 at Best Buy
Still a great grab if you need to upgrade. Sure, it may not shine as brightly as LED or have the pop of 3D, but, a few years ago, this was a top-of-the-line model.

    7. Brandon Roy, guard, Portland Trail Blazers (Owned 99 percent/Started 22 percent)

Fantasy Shopping Cart: Roy should be owned in every Fantasy league out there, but while he battles knee injuries, owners are definitely grinding their teeth for drafting him so high. Some owners may be looking to jump ship, since this is the lowest Roy's Fantasy value has ever been, and that means it's the perfect time to get an upper echelon guard for dirt cheap. If you can pry Roy away from another owner, there's a good chance he would make your team better immediately. Portland may limit his court time to preserve him for the year, but Roy has the ability to produce solid numbers in 20-25 minutes of action.

Real Deal Equivalent:  High-Performance Samsung Laptops - $150 off at Best Buy
Yeah, you may have to open up your wallet if you want to bring home a big toy like this, but it's definitely a great option if you want to get some high-caliber equipment without paying full retail.

Fantasy Shopping Cart: Collison was undoubtedly overvalued entering this year. He was taken with an average draft pick of 40, based solely on his 18.8 points, 9.1 assists and 3.5 rebounds as a starter last year in New Orleans. This means that current owners are probably very disappointed with his 14.3 points and 4.3 boards per game through the first five weeks of the season. I smell a sale. Collison still has the potential to be a 17 and 7 guy, and owners should check their league and see if they can strike up a deal.

Real Deal Equivalent:  All adult jeans - $15 at Old Navy
Not exactly the designer dungarees you might find in a Madison Avenue boutique, but a reasonably stylish alternative for the price. Let's face it; you could easily pay twice as much any other time of year. Yeah, I used the word "dungarees". No, I'm not a septuagenarian

Fantasy Shopping Cart: Carter is currently dealing with some bumps and bruises which are keeping him out of the Magic lineup. He's also averaging career-lows in points, rebounds and assists: 13.9, 3.2 and 2.5, respectively. Clearly, Carter is no longer the high-flyer he once was, but he does have the capability to go off on any given night. Again, we've got a player who could be reeled in for cheap based on the disappointment tied to inflated preseason expectations. If you don't mind being patient with the veteran, trading for Carter could be a steal.

Real Deal Equivalent:  Radio Flyer Big Wheel - $35 at Wal-Mart
Yeah, we all remember how awesome these were when we were kids. Of course, back then, a few rocks in the tires would only help you sound cooler when you peeled out down the driveway. It's a sentimental choice, I know, but you can't look past the classics when you're in the market for a dependable option.

Fantasy Shopping Cart: Andersen just made his season debut for the Nuggets, which is why he's available in 90 percent of CBSSports.com Fantasy leagues. He's coming off an offseason knee surgery, so he's a bit of a risky option, but there are definitely Fantasy owners out there who are in desperate need of a big man. Injury bug, anyone? Those owners might be happy to see Andersen fill a void in their lineups. He's not worth owning in standard leagues, but is definitely worth a flier in deeper Rotisserie formats. He's a bargain and a half right now.

Real Deal Equivalent:  46" APEX LCD TV, 1080p 60 Hz - $449 at Target
Absolutely jaw-dropping color. And, while it's not the most recognized brand on the market, it's got some versatility -- Size enough to hold it down in the living room, and could be a huge addition to a bedroom-sized fantasy lineup.

Posted on: November 24, 2010 4:39 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:04 pm
 

Elton Brand suspended 1 game for flagrant foul 2

The NBA has announced that Philadelphia 76ers forward Elton Brandon has been suspended for one game for a flagrant foul. Posted by Ben Golliver The NBA sent out a memo this afternoon suspending Philadelphia 76ers forward Elton Brand for one game for a hard foul he put on Washington Wizards center JaVale McGee during a game Tuesday night. During the game, the foul was ruled a Flagrant Foul Two for being "unnecessary and excessive" and resulted in Brand's ejection. Brand will serve the suspension tonight as the 76ers face the Raptors in Toronto. Here's the release.
Elton Brand of the Philadelphia 76er’s has been suspended one game without pay for his Flagrant Foul, Penalty Two against JaValle McGee of the Washington Wizards, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President Basketball Operations.
The incident, in which Brand made contact by shoving McGee during a layup attempt and was ejected following the Flagrant Foul, Penalty Two call, occurred with 3:32 remaining in the 4th period of the 76er’s 116-114 overtime loss to the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C.
Here's a video of the play, courtesy of YouTuber user thehoopscene. As you can see, McGee is wide open in the paint when he receives a pass from point guard John Wall. He goes to dunk the ball with his right hand, and Brand rotates over late, using both arms to shove McGee in the chest. McGee finishes the dunk and crashes to the floor, and Brand was immediately ejected by official Tony Brothers. While laying on the floor, McGee smiled and briefly waved goodbye to Brand.
Posted on: November 22, 2010 12:11 pm
 

Game Changer: 11.22.10: In too deep

Posted by Matt Moore

Each game is made up of elements which help formulate the outcome. Monday through Friday, we'll bring you the elements from the night before's games in our own specialized version of the game recaps. It's not everything that happened, but it's an insight into what lead to the results you'll see in the box scores. This is the Game Changer.  

THE BIG ONE: IRISH DESCENDENTS UNDONE BY PREHISTORIC ANIMALS


The combination of events that conspired in the Celtics' loss to the Raptors is pretty stunning. First, Rajon Rondo was missing due to injury, meaning the Celtics were without two starters. Then Andrea Bargnani had one of those games where he produces, and continues. with 18 at the half, the smart money says he finishes with 22. He finished with 29. Amir Johnson managed to not foul out. And in spite of all that, the Celtics were still up one with the ball. But instead of fouling Ray Allen, who would obviously drain the free throws, the Raptors managed to knock the ball loose, collect it, and score to take the lead.

And still the Celtics had a shot at it. They first tried inbounding to Ray Allen off a backdoor screen cutting to the corner, but were unable to get the angle, even as Leandro Barbosa slipped behind Allen. The Celtics called timeout and instead returned with Allen inbounding. They chose to go to Paul Pierce. Pierce rotated around to his sweet spot, the right elbow jumper. But take a look at where Pierce wound up instead:




Too deep. Pierce's spot is about two feet to his left. Not to say he can't hit this one, it was good defense and Pierce just missed it. But for him to be in that spot where he almost never misses, he over-drives.

That the Celtics lost this game isn't a huge deal. They were without their best playmaker, on the road, and they're clearly having trouble getting up for games. But they're now a game behind Orlando and only a game and a half in front of Chicago, Miami, and Atlanta. It's early, still, but the problem is that they could be ahead by a comfortable margin if they weren't losing games they have every reason to win.

For the Raps, I'm telling you, this team isn't nearly as bad as it's made out to be.

GO-GO-GADGET LINE OF THE NIGHT:


Pau Gasol: 28 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists on 10-10 shooting.

Runner-Up:

Gilbert Arenas, 19 points, 16 assists, 4 rebounds.


MAY YOU NEVER WATCH THAT DEBACLE AGAIN:


Neither the Hornets nor Kings shot over 39% from the field last night in a gross 75-71 game. It was neither entertaining, nor appreciably well played. The rare combination of ugly and lazy.


FINAL THOUGHTS:

The Lakers, when motivated, are really, really good. The end.

 
 
 
 
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