Magloire happy with Bucks

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:19 AM ET

Thoughts of playing for the Raptors, once prominent in Jamaal Magloire's mind, are not front and centre for the Toronto-born, Milwaukee Bucks centre these days.

After the Raptors didn't pull the trigger on a pre-draft deal that would have brought Magloire back home from the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets, the Eastern Commerce grad was shipped to the Bucks. The Raptors have flirted with Magloire several times, but never have completed a move, so he seems to be making the most out of life elsewhere.

"I wouldn't say so ( that he's thinking about Toronto) at this point," said Magloire, whose Bucks played host to the Raptors last night. "Right now, I'm just focusing on playing my two years out in Milwaukee and seeing if they show interest in the future."

Magloire wanted out of the Hornets organization, partly because he was unhappy that personal trainer and ex-Eastern Commerce coach Simeon Mars was barred from the team's training facility. That has changed in Milwaukee.

"That's been integral in my development here and my happiness here," he said.

As usual, Magloire didn't rule out playing for the national team to try to help Canada qualify for the 2008 Olympics.

"It's definitely a possibility," Magloire said. "I like (coach) Leo Rautins a lot. Me and him have had close dialogue since he became head coach. It's something I'll never rule out."

While Magloire hasn't returned to his old home in Hurricane-ravaged New Orleans, he said the damage wasn't as bad as expected.

ARAUJO UPDATE

Raptors centre Rafael Araujo will not need surgery on his right shoulder, the team announced yesterday.

Araujo remains day-to-day, though one wonders how he'll fit into the lineup with Pape Sow improving and the man who drafted the Brazilian, Rob Babcock, out of the picture.

ANOTHER BABCOCK AXED

A day after firing General Manager Rob Babcock, the Raptors yesterday fired Babcock's brother, Pete, director of NBA player personnel, and Scott Howard, director of international player personnel.


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