Antonio Davis was en route to Toronto last night, ready to make his return to the Raptors.
Coach Sam Mitchell said he expected Davis to touch down in Toronto last night and practise with the team for the first time today. Davis was acquired in the deal that sent Jalen Rose and a first-round pick to the New York Knicks Friday. He made stops in New York and at his family home in Chicago after learning of the trade.
"We've talked to Antonio and he's coming," Mitchell said.
Davis, who had his issues with Toronto before he was traded in 2003, reportedly isn't thrilled with the latest trade. But he's ready to grin and bear it because, frankly, he really doesn't have another option, unless he wants to give up about $6 million US on the final year of his rich contract.
"I don't think it really matters (if he is upset)," Bill Duffy, Antonio Davis' agent, said yesterday. "He's a pro. I didn't feel like getting up this morning."
HONOUR FOR BOSH
Forward Chris Bosh was named Eastern Conference player of the week yesterday, marking the second time he has earned the award in his three-year career.
Bosh, who is a strong bet to be named to the all-star team on Thursday, averaged 30.4 points on 53.4% shooting and 12 rebounds in three games last week.
Bosh became just the second player in team history -- the other is Vince Carter -- to win it more than once.
Denver Nuggets forward Nene, who becomes a restricted free agent after this season, has been linked to the Raptors in recent reports, in part because his personal manager, Joe Santos, is from the Toronto area.
"It's always fun to think about going home to my family, and Nene is very close to my family," Santos told the Rocky Mountain News. "But the reality is we have a lot of close friends (in Denver) in what has been our home the past four years ... I know the Raptors have interest in Nene, but it's not something we have talked about."
Raptors point guard Jose Calderon was ill yesterday and missed practice.