Trades not expected

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:00 AM ET

The Raptors are not going to be major newsmakers on NBA trade deadline day.

Interim general manager Wayne Embry doubts the Raptors will make a deal before today's 3 p.m. deadline.

"I would say there is a very remote chance we'll be doing anything," Embry said.

The Raptors would like to trade veteran forward Eric Williams, who has requested a deal, but there do not appear to be any takers.

"So far, we can't find a match," Embry said.

As for point guard and free-agent-to-be Mike James, don't expect him to go anywhere. The Raptors are risking a Donyell Marshall situation -- don't trade him and then lose him to free agency -- but Embry is willing to take the gamble.

"I have a hard time even thinking about trading a guy averaging close to 18 points a game," Embry said. "That (his contract) is a situation for a different time ... When a guy's contract is up, that's not a reason to just trade him. I'd like to remain optimistic (the Raptors can re-sign James)."

Raptors star Chris Bosh is glad that crazy trade rumours aren't circulating around his team this season.

"It doesn't isolate anybody," he said. "It doesn't make anybody wonder about trades. Everybody can pretty much focus on what we're trying to do instead of worrying about being with another team in the back of their mind."

Raptors do Dallas

Instead of flying home after a loss to the Memphis Grizzlies Tuesday night, the Raptors opted to stay in Dallas for three days of practice before facing the Mavericks Saturday.

"I'm sure the thinking was maybe we'll get some nice weather," coach Sam Mitchell said with a smile yesterday on a brisk, grey day.

You can be pretty sure the thinking also was to make Bosh, a Dallas native, happy.

"It will be a headache with the ticket situation Saturday, but it's all fun," Bosh said. "I'll get plenty of time to make sure I see everybody, to talk to everybody and visit."

Wedding bells

Congratulations to Raptors radio analyst Eric Smith, who got engaged to his girlfriend Shannon last week.


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