GM tires of rumours

Steve Buffery

, Last Updated: 9:06 AM ET

Raptors GM Rob Babcock made a suggestion to someone in the media yesterday. "Make a list of every trade rumour that appears (in newspapers, on TV and on the internet), and figure out the percentage of the ones that turn out to be true," he said.

Reached in Minnesota, where he was preparing to travel to a college game in Wisconsin, Babcock is getting a little weary with dealing with all the trade rumours surrounding his team.

The latest rumours have forward Donyell Marshall going to either Minnesota or Philadelphia and Jalen Rose being shipped out to the New York Knicks for Penny Hardaway -- a trade that's been kicked around on the internet for months. Eddie Jones coming to the Raptors has also been mentioned frequently since the start of the season.

In any event, Babcock won't comment on specific trade rumours, adding yesterday that there is nothing imminent in terms of his pulling the trigger on a deal at this time.

THREE POINT CRAZY

Head coach Sam Mitchell throws up his hands when asked about his team's tendency to go crazy from the three-point line, as they did against the 76ers on Friday night in a 106-96 loss (shooting 10-32).

"We have a lot of guys on our team who like to shoot threes, and we're not going to change that over night," he said. "There are nights when we cut them down to 15. If they would have made 15 of them, we wouldn't be having this conversation."

Still, the coach would like to see his team try to set up for a higher-percentage shot more often, rather than just jacking up the three.

"If we're going to die, die by a 50% shot," he said. "But hey, guys, we got to do it in increments. I like three-pointers, but you have to know the time, clock and situation."

THIS AND THAT

Forward Lamond Murray donated two new pairs of his size 15 basketball sneakers to Kurt Berger, a high school player from Dublin, Ont. who lost all of his basketball gear in a house fire over the holidays.


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