My Spidey sense is tingling folks, it’s tingling a lot.
I don’t know precisely why – that’s the thing about Spidey Senses – but there’s just a feeling that something’s going to happen over the next 10 days to shake up this basketball team I cover.
Just from conversations I had in Boston and with a couple of other sources throughout the league, the over-riding sense is that Bryan is going to try to do something of significance before the draft and there is precedent for it.
I remember the night two years ago almost to the day – it was the Saturday of what’s become almost the annual free agent camp here – that a guy whispered to me that Jermaine O’Neal was probably going to be a Raptor and that it was all coming down around the draft.
Armed with the 13th pick and a whole bunch of players of varying degree of talent and contractual obligation to dangle, the chatter is that the president and GM of the Heroes Of The Hardcourt has something up his sleeve as one conversationalist put it yesterday:
“It’s too quiet, he’s got to have something going on.”
The thing about Bryan’s job this time around is that he’s got a lot of disparate parts to move in trades, which would make it easier to make a move, wouldn’t it? He’s got Hedo -- bad contract but, trust me, a guy whose reputation around the league is better than it is here)
He’s got Jarrett – good contract, coming off a so-so year.
He’s got Jose – not-so-good contract but, again, trust me, a guy whose reputation around the league is better than it is here.
He’s also got the No. 13 pick, which isn’t particularly coveted but which could definitely be in play in some package.
Now, I could be entirely wrong about this – not that that’s ever happened before – but all signs point to some kind of transaction coming down the pike before the draft.
Guess I’ve got some stuff to do once I get back around the lads for the workouts today and Thursday.