Rose has pipeline

STEVE BUFFERY and MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:23 AM ET

The first guy to find out about the Philadelphia 76ers' blockbuster trade for Chris Webber was Jalen Rose.

The Raptors/forward guard was talking to his old University of Michigan buddy on the phone late Wednesday night when Webber received another call from Sacramento Kings coach Rick Adelman informing him he had been dealt to Philly.

"He literally found out while I was talking to him," Rose said. "He didn't know what to think. He said, 'At least they could have told me before I flew all the way to Dallas (for the Kings' game against the Mavericks last night)."

NO FAILURE TO COMMUNICATE

At one point a couple of weeks ago, disgruntled Raptors forward Eric Williams complained that he had no idea what the team's plans were for him because nobody in the organization had said anything to him. He then raised the ire of general manager Rob Babcock by asking to be traded, through the media. But Babcock said yesterday that has an open-door policy with his players and that his office is always open if any of them have concerns.

"I told all of our players that if they are interested in knowing in what's going on, don't read the internet stuff, don't listen to the talk shows, it will just get you all worked up," he said. "If you ever want to know what's going on, come on in and talk to me and we'll have a good talk about it."

SLEEPING SOUNDLY

Raptors forward Donyell Marshall, the subject of many trade rumours, didn't have any trouble sleeping Wednesday night, the eve of the NBA trade deadline.

"Sleeping is something I like to do," Marshall said. "That ain't got nothing to do with rumours. I'm going to go to sleep. I had a normal night. I went home, watched a movie, watched basketball, went to sleep and came (to the Air Canada Centre) to practice (yesterday)."

WELL-TRAVELLED

Michael Bradley, the Raptors' first-round pick in 2001, joined his fifth NBA team Wednesday night when he was acquired by the Philadelphia 76ers in a deal with the Sacramento Kings.


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