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Old 02-09-2011, 02:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Arrow Chisholm: Deadline deals the Raptors should consider

O.J. Mayo - Memphis Grizzlies

It is no secret that Mayo has worn out his welcome in Memphis. While he was a very solid starter in his first two years with the club, this year has been a wreck. He's been benched, gotten into an altercation with teammate Tony Allen, gotten suspended for using a banned substance and rumors have started to circulate that he's had numerous clashes with the coaching staff during his two-and-a-half year tenure with the club. Given all of this negativity, why would the Raptors have any interest in Mayo at this point?

Well, first, he's still only 23-years-old, he plays a position of need for the Raptors and his contract expires at the end of next season, so if he doesn't mesh with what the club has already assembled he can simply be let go.


Aaron Brooks - Houston Rockets

It would seem counter-intuitive to say the Raptors should pursue Jonny Flynn, basically a low-rent version of Brooks, and not Brooks himself this winter, but that isn't necessarily true. Flynn still has two more years on his rookie deal to play with before the Raptors would have to make any kind of longterm decision with regards to him, whereas Brooks is a free agent this summer. The Raptors have worked hard to open up cap space this summer, and having to consider spending it on Brooks (whom they would probably not consider spending it on were he merely someone else's free agent this summer) takes attention away from better-suited pursuits. Sure, Brooks at $2-million is great. Having to re-sign him for $5-$6-million - not so much. He may be a name that attracts some interest this month, but it's not likely to come from the Raptors.

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