On Pro Bball Report recently: Raptors look at Canadians, LeBron James carries Cavs, shopping Kenneth Faried, defensive Free Agents available, Terrence Ross surgery, Tyler Ennis surgery, Rockets win with veterans and more.
For years the rumblings coming from Toronto have suggested that if the Raptors acquired a Canadian player it would have to be the right player. Merely signing one of the now numerous Canadians coming out of the US college ranks, playing in Europe, the NBA D-League or available off of the NBA reject pile wasn’t in the cards unless they could be a viable part of the roster and the future of the team. This year might be different however.
Down 0-1 at home, the Atlanta Hawks had their chance to hit back in the Eastern Conference Finals. The offensive threat from Kevin Love had been eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by a separated shoulder and when Kyrie Irving sat out Game Two of the ECF with knee tendinitis, two of the Cavs top three scorers in the regular season were missing.
It seems that ever since the Denver Nuggets signed forward Kenneth Faried to his four-year $50 million extension last October there have been rumblings about President Josh Kroenke having second thoughts. Losing can to that to an organization.
It will be very tough to pry any of these First or Second All-Defensive Team free agents away from their current teams by trying to offer them more money or better terms, their current GMs will ensure that tactic doesn’t work. However, there is a list of pending free agents that were also recognized for their defensive prowess that could be poachable by teams with salary cap space, deep pockets and a strong belief that defense wins championships.
Finally an explanation for Ross’ lack of progress this past season. The Toronto Raptors announced Saturday forward-guard Terrence Ross underwent surgery yesterday in Van Nuys, California to remove bone spurs and loose bodies from his left ankle.
The Milwaukee Bucks guard Tyler Ennis is expected to be out of action for the next eight weeks or more after unexpectedly undergoing labral repair surgery to his right shoulder.
Morey traded for the 37-year-old 16-year veteran Jason Terry in September, signed the 29-year-old 11-year veteran Josh Smith after the Pistons waived him in December, traded for the 29-year-old 8-year veteran Corey Brewer in December, and traded for the 38-year-old FIBA star and Knicks veteran in his third NBA season Pablo Prigioni in February. Now that’s a lot of veteran talent.
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Head coach Steve Kerr, “What I quickly realized was Draymond is kind of the heart and soul of the team. He’s a passionate and emotional player. He is incredibly competitive.”
Trevor Lane: He is a fantastic player but his shortcomings limit his usefulness. His slim frame kills his effectiveness as a center by making it tough for him to stand his ground defensively against bigger players, while his complete lack of a jump shot makes it difficult to play him at power forward.
At his best, the second-year Gonzaga product is a valuable offensive weapon — a 7-footer with 3-point range and an unusually silky shot for a big man. Olynyk isn’t a rim protector or a post-up threat, and he’s nothing special on the defensive end, but when he asserts himself, he has the ability to be a truly dangerous scorer.
A very happy looking Jonas Valanciunas enjoyed a little fishing in Lake Huron before heading home to Lithuania and unlike his fishing trip during the All-Star break, this time he caught his share of fish.