Sources tell the Toronto Sun that the Raptors would have to include an asset in order to trade Andrea Bargnani.
In other words, the Raptors can't dump Bargnani on his own because other teams don't view him as an asset. The former No. 1 overall pick still has $22.5 million over two years remaining on his contract and is now regarded as little more than a strech-four that's a liability defensively. The Raptors are going to have to get creative -- and take pennies on the dollar -- if they're going to make a trade happen this summer.
Rudy Gay, who has a vision issue, has refused to wear contact lenses for "years," a source told the National Post.
Interesting if true. Gay's vision problems are expected to be addressed in the offseason, but an outright refusal to wear contacts would mean that Gay was playing at less than to the best of his abilities. One way or another, we expect the vision issues to be corrected in the offseason.
Sources tell the Toronto Sun that both GM Bryan Colangelo and coach Dwane Casey are expected to return next season.
There are a number of Raptors fans who would be glad to see Colangelo go, but it doesn't seem like ownership is intent on making a change at this time. That could certainly change after another disappointing season in Toronto, but both men appear safe for now.
Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo says Rudy Gay has a vision problem and will address it during the offseason.
Gay experimented with wearing goggles during practice this season and there was thought at the time that he might have a deficiency in one of his eyes. Colangelo said Monday that Gay may end up going further than wearing goggles in the future. Gay struggled shooting the ball this season but did improve after joining the Raptors at the trade deadline, including hitting 48 percent from the field during nine April contests.
Bryan Colangelo denied a rift between he and coach Dwane Casey and said Casey will remain the coach if Colangelo stays as general manager.
"I can absolutely tell you that coach Casey and I get along in a way that most coaches and management people do: We challenge each other," Colangelo said Monday. Of course, no one's quite sure if Colangelo will be retained by ownership. Colangelo has an option year left on his contract, which the team has yet to exercise. Colangelo expects that decision to be made in the next two to three weeks, at which point we should know Casey's likely fate as well.
Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo said he wasn't sure if Kyle Lowry was ever fully healthy this season.
Lowry has developed a reputation as a bulldog, but it's always some kind of nagging injury that holds him back during the season, and that was especially true after he had offseason surgery before debuting in Toronto. He dealt with a few different things this season and wound up playing in 68 games. Colangelo also revealed that the two sides aren't having any conversations regarding a contract extension at this time.
Dwane Casey said Terrence Ross needs to improve on defense.
"He needs to learn and not take defensive possessions off," Casey said. Ross' defense was a subject of conversation throughout the year, but especially toward the end of the year when he looked tired and just trying to get to the finish line. It's a normal part of the learning process for a rookie.