Toronto Raptors find the good and bad in guard Julyan Stone | National Post

“They hadn’t seen me dunk, so that’s the first thing they said,” Stone said of his teammates’ reaction. “‘You haven’t dunked live. Why would you try it then?’ They told me everything. But I think I got it worst from my little nephew. He FaceTimed me, like, ‘Uncle, what happened?’ I was like, ‘My legs! My legs!’ I had been on him about air-balling a layup before the game. It’s just the basketball gods. I don’t know what to say. [They] got me. [They] got me bad.”

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This week we talk about the Raptors preseason performances to date, the point guard situation in Toronto, the Raptor mascot injury and the Canadians in the NBA.

Rudy Gay: trade to Charlotte for Ben Gordon & Ramon Sessions? | Raptors Rapture

Raps do this deal because: They avoid paying Rudy nearly $20M next season (assuming he exercises his player option), money which can be allocated to free agents. The remainder of the ’13-’14 season is a loss-filled nightmare, thereby cementing the Raps’ position as a Draft Lottery team once again. Bobcats do this deal because: Rudy is a still-young veteran who can act as a role model to their kids, while filling the scoresheet. Charlotte would certainly prefer giving him a tryout rather than paying Gordon and Sessions to watch games from the bench. The ‘Cats may actually like having Rudy for a second season, and could cough up the money on his option.

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  • Ian Beast

    That trade article seems like mostly garbage. He doesn’t think Ben Gordon or Ramon Sessions will get deals in the league, again? Really? Ramon Sessions is one of the best back up point guards in the league. Ben Gordon, well, he’ll get at least a minimum salary deal for a bad team – every one needs shooters. Plus there is no pick involved in the deal, and as we’ve seen, there is no deal for Rudy Gay if its just a straight salary dump. I don’t get it.

  • Raptorsss

    Please, please, stop posting garbage from Raptors Rapture.

  • DDayLewis

    Gay will almost certainly opt out of the final year of his contract.

    • Matt Harpring’s Haircut

      What incentive does he have to do that though? I’m genuinely interested. His final year pays him $19.3M, I doubt that he’d get anywhere near that that kind of money from any other team out there, so why would he opt out? I know he’ll be looking to sign a long-term deal elsewhere but from a strictly financial point of view, wouldn’t it make sense for him to play out his final year?

      • DDayLewis

        See Andre Igoudala, circa this offseason.