It’s no secret Boston has dangled four-time all-star Rajon Rondo league-wide and while the asking price is steep, he has piqued the interest of Toronto’s front office, according to multiple sources. Toronto is eager to up its “star” quotient and is also enamoured with Rondo’s resume, particularly his four all-defensive team selections (two all-NBA first team). He has many backers in the organization. However, Rondo tore his ACL just over a year ago, has only played in 10 contests this season and will become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2015 after earning $12.9 million next year. Despite all that, Rondo would not come cheaply. Bull.com’s Sam Smith said the price is believed to be “two unprotected first rounders” while one source told the Sun the ask is a combination of at least one lottery pick and talented young player.
“He [Amir Johnson] came back going hard, full speed, no ill effects with the turned ankle,” Casey said. “He had a good practice tonight. His running, his energy is huge and that’s what he gave us tonight. “Defensively, he gives us a presence that we’ve missed.” It’s not yet clear whether Amir Johnson will return to the starting lineup or to the bench. Patrick Patterson has been excellent since arriving from Sacramento two months ago. The time off was welcomed by everybody, even if it came and went too fast.
The Toronto Raptors have a golden opportunity to send a message after All-Star Weekend with games against the Wizards and Bulls back-to-back starting on Tuesday in Washington. After beating the Hawks immediately before the break, Toronto has the opportunity to create some psychological and actual distance between themselves and their three closest competitors early in the official second half of the NBA season. The third place 28-24 Raptors lead the Bulls by 1 game in the standings, the Hawks by 2.5 games and the Wizards by 3.
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