By Steve Buffery -- Toronto Sun
VET HILL TO T.O.? Glen Grunwald won't comment on rumours, which meant that he was awfully quiet yesterday.
Again, talks of possible deals are swirling around the Air Canada Centre. Less than three weeks after pulling off a three-for-three swap with the Chicago Bulls, sources said yesterday the Raps are close to signing free agent forward Tyrone Hill, who was waived by Miami earlier this season.
The 6-9, 210 pound Hill is a 13-year veteran, averaging 8.6 rebounds and 9.4 points per game, although his better days are certainly behind him. He does bring an element of toughness to the floor, which the Raps could use.
There was talk that Hill, 35, would be available against the visiting Knicks, although Grunwald did say yesterday afternoon that wasn't going to happen.
Grunwald was in Atlanta on Wednesday before flying to San Antonio. The GM said he was down in Dixie scouting college players, but might have been looking at Hawks centre Theo Ratcliff. The Raps still need help in the frontcourt.
There was also reports yesterday that a Morris Peterson or Lamond Murray deal to the Knicks was in the works. If such a trade materialized, either Kurt Thomas, Othella Harrington or Clarence Weatherspoon would head to Toronto.
According to the New York papers, Thomas is unhappy about being replaced in the starting lineup by Antonio McDyess. Murray hasn't seen any action for the Raptors since he played all of one minute against Boston on Dec. 3
AROUND THE RIM
The Raptors will be sending director of player personnel Jim Kelly to China early in the new year to scout some prospects ... The Raptors three top scorers, Vince Carter (22.6 points per game), Donyell Marshall (21.5) and Jalen Rose (12.5) rank as the third-ranked scoring trio in the league, behind Minnesota (Kevin Garnett, Sam Cassell, Latrell Sprewell) and the L.A. Lakers (Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O'Neal, Karl Malone) ... The Raptors will get Dec.22, 23 and 24 off and will depart for Utah on Christmas Day for a game against the Jazz on Dec. 26,