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Old 06-28-2011, 11:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Arrow Chisholm: Checking out Colangelo's shopping list of centres

Ever since the NBA season has ended, Bryan Colangelo has been steadfast in his goal for this offseason: Get a centre and move Andrea Bargnani to his natural power forward position. He believes that last Thursday he got his centre of the future when he drafted Lithuanian big man Jonas Valanciunas fifth overall, but as has been reported again and again, Valanciunas won't be playing next season (assuming there is a season to play) in the NBA. So how committed is Colangelo to moving Bargnani to the four immediately? The day after the draft Colangelo was still telling all who'd listen that bringing in a centre NOW is the team's highest priority this offseason. He's said it could be via free agency, he said it could be via trade, but it would certainly appear at this point that if the Raptors were to open training camp without a new man in the middle that this offseason would be a failure by Colangelo's expectations.

For a long while fans of the team had hoped that when free agency came around Colangelo would open up the team's wallet to Memphis big man Marc Gasol. Gasol is a restricted free agent, meaning Memphis could match any offer Toronto bestowed, but Memphis has already inked big contracts with Rudy Gay, Zach Randolph and Mike Conley, making a large salary difficult for Memphis to swallow should Toronto offer one.

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