The Raptors, meanwhile, are still having cursory discussions with other free agents but it’s unlikely anyone is asked for a formal commitment until the Nash situation is resolved.
There were indications late last week that they might have some interest in Knicks restricted free agent Jeremy Lin but it would likely take a back-loaded contract that pushes New York over the more punitive tax level that’s coming to make anything happen.
Of course, the two Houston guards are on Toronto’s radar: The Rockets were meeting with free agent Goran Dragic on Monday — they added his brother Zoran to their summer league team — and it’s doubtful Houston would open the season with both Dragic and Kyle Lowry under contract.
Other than that, the list of available small forwards — general manager Bryan Colangelo has admitted it’s a position that needs addressing — is underwhelming.
One name mentioned by one league source Monday was former Utah Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko. After playing last season is his native Russia, Kirilenko has expressed an interest in returning to the NBA and it was long thought he would be looking at Brooklyn as a landing spot. But with the Nets having locked up Gerald Wallace and, apparently, Joe Johnson to go along with current centre Brook Lopez and emerging young guard MarShon Brooks, there would seem to be no room for Kirilenko, the kind of multi-positional big man Colangelo loves.