Ghosts of deals past

BILL HARRIS -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:46 AM ET

When it comes to trades, the Raptors history of parlaying a marquee name into meaningful pieces isn't good.

And with the recently consummated Vince Carter blockbuster already being criticized by many around the NBA, it appears the Raptors haven't learned from their past failures.

Rookie GM Rob Bobcock, who was in Houston last night to watch his Raptors play the host Rockets, got to see Tracy McGrady up close.

Of course, when T-Mac bolted Toronto for Orlando during the summer of 2000, then-GM Glen Grunwald could only get a future first-round pick from the Magic.

Ultimately, that pick was used by Toronto in Feb. 2001 in a multi-player deal with Detroit that brought, among others, Jerome Williams to Toronto.

When the Raptors first marquee player, Damon Stoudamire, asked to be traded, Grunwald, who took over from Isiah Thomas, pulled the trigger on Feb. 13, 1998 with Portland.

A total of six players, three draft picks and cash got exchanged. The only player to stay with Toronto for an extended period was Alvin Williams, who remains a Raptor and continues to serve as the club's longest-tenured player.

When the Raptors traded Marcus Camby, who was taken second overall in 1996, to the Knicks on draft night two years later, they got Charles Oakley from Gotham in a deal that clearly improved the Raptors.

The jury is still out, and it may sit in session for years to come, vis a vis the Carter trade to the Nets, but the Raptors history does not bode well.

JUST LIKE THE LEAFS

Raptors guard Morris Peterson still was sporting a bandage on his forehead yesterday. He accidentally collided with teammate Chris Bosh during the Raptors' victory over the New Jersey Nets on Sunday.

"I got banged pretty good, but I got up and it didn't stop me," Peterson said with a grin. "I think the Toronto fans like that kind of stuff, because it reminds them of hockey."


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