Sun sets on trade deadline

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 12:54 PM ET

DALLAS -- The Raptors stayed out of the spotlight on two fronts yesterday.

The NBA's trade deadline came and went without a deal by the Raptors and Bryan Colangelo remained a Phoenix Suns employee for another day.

The Suns president/general manager was slated to meet with incoming Suns owner Robert Sarver last night to see if they could come to an agreement on a contract extension. The Raptors want Colangelo to become their president of basketball operations/GM and have met with him twice in the past week, offering him around $3 million US per season, three times what he makes in Phoenix.

DECISION BY TUESDAY

But Sarver put out a statement Wednesday night, saying contract negotiations with Colangelo are continuing and added that he hopes to keep him as the Suns' GM/president. The Suns want Colangelo to make a decision by Tuesday, the day the Raptors and president Richard Peddie return home from a road swing to Dallas and Miami.

Meanwhile, Raptors interim GM Wayne Embry couldn't find a taker for veteran forward Eric Williams, who had requested a trade, prior to the deadline at 3 p.m., yesterday. The little-used Williams, however, took the news in stride and didn't appear bitter.

"I'm a blessed man," he said. "I get to play basketball for a living and make a good living for me and my family. I just look at that stuff and move on.

"(Embry) is trying to do the best thing he can under the situation he is, interim manager. Sometimes things don't work out. Aaron Williams, I'm happy for him because he needed it (a trade) more than myself. Jalen (Rose, who was traded earlier this month), I'm happy for him. I'm all right ... I've still got one more year on my contract and we'll see what happens after that."

Speaking of that final year, Williams said he has no plans to turn down his player option.

"It's bigger than me," he said. "I play the game for the love. But as far as business, I play the game for my family. I'm the only one, the first one ever to graduate out of college, the first one to pretty much do everything. I am the breadwinner in my family. It's not about me being happy or satisfied. It's all about my family right now."

Williams has one son -- Raquiesh, 10 -- whose mother was murdered in 2003.

Embry said Wednesday the chances of a deal were remote and he wasn't kidding. The Raptors made their big move earlier this month when they sent Rose and a first-round pick to the New York Knicks for Antonio Davis in a salary cap-saving deal and they had no interest in shipping out free-agent-to-be Mike James. With one free roster spot for the rest of the season, Embry said he plans to test some younger players on 10-day contracts.


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