Raptors stand pat

STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:56 AM ET

Raptors GM Rob Babcock admitted yesterday that the trade talk is heating up around the NBA.

But what may come as surprise to fans of the 0-4 squad is that he is not particularly anxious to make any moves at the moment.

"The calls have picked up and they'll pick up the whole month," Babcock said. "But to me it's too early (to make any major moves). We're not actively trying to move anybody."

Babcock has acknowledged that he has made a few calls of his own to various GMs around the league, but classified his inquiries as "survey calls", meaning that he wants to find out who is available, and at what position. Babcock said there are a couple of reasons why trade talk traditionally increases at this point of the season.

"You might have a player and he turns out to be much better than you thought, good enough to the point where another guy is expendable (at that position)," he said. "So let's see if we can move him to get another piece that we need over here.

"Or, the guy's not near as good as you thought and you think you need some help in this area because you thought he was going to be able to do it."

"(But) I don't think anyone's panicking at this point," he added. "We're not in a panic mode at all."

Despite his club's poor start, Babcock is adamant that he will not pull the trigger on any trade that may jeopardize his team's future, although he has said that he would like to find some veteran help at centre.

"We may bring in somebody here and there to take a look at, to see if they can do something for us," he said. "But for the most part we really like our players, we like the potential and you have to stick with them. You have to be patient and keep working with them. These guys are going through the learning curve, but they'll get it."

"I'm not worried about these guys," Babcock added. "They're talented players, they're working their tails off and listening to the coaches and they're smart guys."

With a roster that includes three rookies and two second-year players, Babcock said it is natural that the team would struggle in the early going.


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