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Old 07-04-2009, 09:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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We just had a nice chat with Lon Babby, Hedo’s agent, and there will be no more shenanigans.

Turk’s coming.

“We’ll be available when (Raptors president and general manager Bryan Colangelo) is ready. We’re hopeful it’s Wednesday but if it pushes over to Thursday, so be it.”

Why does he want to come here?

Well, it’s a great city, Turk likes playing in the Eastern Conference and the deal’s for about $3 million more than the offer from Portland. It should come in at about $53 million but there’s no way of knowing for sure until the cap numbers are released next week.

About the love for the city? Said Babby:

"It’s uniquely suited for him. That’s his background. He’s looking forward to joining the Turkish community there."

Oh, and the sign and trade thing?

Well, Lon said he’s comfortable with his deal with Toronto regardless but if there’s something Bryan can work out with Otis Smith down in Orlando that works for both teams, that’s fine with Babby and Turk.

However, I can also tell you that the chance of Orlando taking Shawn are virtually none. Remember when I used 10-90 on something? Well, I am assured by sources around the league that it’s 1-99 that the Magic have no interest in a doing a sign and trade that gets them Marion.

Okay, I’ve got two stories to write off this conference call for tomorrow’s paper but figured I’d let you know what was going on.

Nighty night, kids.
Source - Doug Smith's Toronto Raptors blog
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Old 07-04-2009, 10:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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WOW...its gonna be official....am i suppose to be happy or sad?
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Repped up for the post, nice stuff.

Don't expect Marion to sign anywhere until the end of August, lol.
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Although its still high, I'm happy to hear that it will be 53M and not 60M
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it should be 52 mill. then i'd be happier. if he rejected portland and his wife has a fetish for toronto. i think we could get him for 1 or 2 mill. more than 50 or maybe even 50 mill. right on. i mean it's clear his wife...er, i mean hedo doesn't want to go to portland. why not get him for as cheap as possible. gives us that much more space.
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Ok so i just read the chrisholm article again. He mentions that they could use the mle after signing hedo to attract various players like dahntay/singletary etc. i was under the impression they had to rescind Marion/Parker/Delfino and the MLE in order to afford turk?
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I'm hoping someone asks him EXACTLY what went down in Portland.

I know it's about $$$ - I just want to hear him say it
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Old 07-05-2009, 04:16 AM   #8 (permalink)
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He likes the East?
Lets get real now, the Raptors offered more $$$ so he decided to come to Toronto instead of Portland, who offered less. Its really that simple.
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Yea we offered him 3 mil more. That is so much to make a player go from a contender to a team not even in the playoffs.
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it should be 52 mill. then i'd be happier. if he rejected portland and his wife has a fetish for toronto. i think we could get him for 1 or 2 mill. more than 50 or maybe even 50 mill. right on. i mean it's clear his wife...er, i mean hedo doesn't want to go to portland. why not get him for as cheap as possible. gives us that much more space.
1 million less over 5 years makes a difference between you liking the deal or not?

Gimme a break!

If it's only a difference of 3 million over 5 years (between Toronto and Portland), then us Raps fans should consider ourselves lucky.
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Yea we offered him 3 mil more. That is so much to make a player go from a contender to a team not even in the playoffs.
i don't think its because of the money, and if it was, 3 mil is still a lot of money....i really do believe its because of the community, and toronto is a better city for an international player....
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I was being sarcasi=tic if you didn't notice that XD
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I was being sarcasi=tic if you didn't notice that XD
Oops....didnt notice the sarcasm....
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