But to answer your questions about Battier. It will tough to get him to buy into Toronto as a destination, but he seems to enjoy working with a young group and to teach them. I read somewhere he is considering to become a highschool teacher after his basketball career and that added to my image of him. I don't think he is the type of player who needs to win a ring badly and for that reason needs to go to a contender. Not to say that there won't be lots offers from contenders and he might very well end up with one.
About the money: I don't think we need to overpay him if we can 'sell' him on the Raptors, he'll want marketvalue but I doubt he'll make his decision on a few million more or less. But maybe he will. I don't know much (if anything) about salaries and the way they can be structured, but maybe we can give him a frontloaded contract if that helps flexibility. He wants to play for another 3/4 years so let's give him those years with a frontloaded contract starting at about 5-6 million. That's below average starter's salary I assume.
About the minutes: he has already come out and said he doesn't need 40 minutes and doesn't need to be a starter. So after starting (at least) the first season as a sf he can move into a backup position if we draft a sf in 2012. As a backup he won't be restricted to playing sf because of his defensive diversity. He can also defend the sg (and pf) position and we don't have a good backup for that position as well. He can still get about 25 minutes. I don't consider that sticking to the bench.