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Morning Coffee: October 18th Edition

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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.”

PODCAST: Hip Hoop Junkies & Hoop Heads North present RAPS TALK Ep. 44 (10.17.2013) | Hip Hoop Junkies

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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