Q: Doug. Watching the reports on NBA Canada TV, they seem almost giddy about the Nash possibility. Then came a report that the Raps are on the short list (with Suns and Portland.) It is the worst keep secret that the Raps will be trying this summer.
What do you really believe the chances are?_(I, personally, think the Canadian thing is somewhat played too hard. As a fan I read in a blog said that, Toronto is not his hometown, and New York is his free choice in the summers.)
Bruce M, Winnipeg
A: I think the chances are probably slim but I know Steve will listen and the Raptors need to make it so financially lucrative he can’t say no.
Now, I also think this: While it might be nice imagine there’s a “short list” of three teams, I don’t believe it for a second. It’s far too early in the process, every time I’ve spoken to Steve since all-star weekend he’s told me he’s going into the process with an open mind and for him to have discounted 27 of 30 teams weeks before he’s even a free agent makes no sense to me at all. Sounds good, can’t be true.
And, funnily enough, the direct quotes from him last week that he’d be interested in New York if New York had some interest kind of runs counter to the “short list of three” thing, doesn’t it?