Agent: Hurry up, Raps

STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:07 AM ET

The Raptors traded for centre Robert Whaley last week, but they have not exactly showered him with champagne and chocolates.

In fact, they haven't even asked the second-year NBAer to come to Toronto and take a physical, although Kris Humphries, the other Utah Jazz player acquired in the trade, touched down in town a few days ago for that reason. Whaley could look like a whale right now as far as the Raptors know.

And that's the thing that worries Whaley's agent, Michael Naiditch.

When Toronto traded Rafael Araujo to the Jazz last week for Humphries, a forward, and Whaley, it soon became apparent that Whaley was thrown into the deal just to match the salaries. Which is fine, Naiditch said. What he would hope, however, is that the Raptors either commit to Whaley or waive him -- and not leave him dangling in the wind.

"It's hard for me to say anything about Robert being waived. They make that decision," Naiditch said. "But if they are going to waive him, the sooner the better. The (NBA) Summer League is coming up (in the first week of July) and it would be nice for Robert to be free to play for a team that's really interested in him."

There have been reports that the 6-foot-10 Whaley, who averaged 2.1 points and 1.9 rebounds in 23 games for the Jazz last season, would be invited to attend Utah's Summer League team, with the chance to make that squad again.

Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo is attending the Eurocamp for draft-eligible players in Treviso, Italy and couldn't be reached for comment on the situation.

Colangelo will be back in Toronto for the next round of Raptors workouts, which begin tomorrow at the Air Canada Centre. Texas forward LaMarcus Aldridge, who is expected to go in the top three in the NBA draft on June 28, will work out alone tomorrow.

Other players expected to go high in the draft who are en route to Toronto for workouts include forwards Rudy Gay of Connecticut and Adam Morrison of Gonzaga on Wednesday and guards Rajon Rondo of Kentucky and Marcus Williams of Connecticut next Thursday.

The Raps also are bringing back Toronto native Denham Brown for a second workout on Wednesday. Brown, who played for four seasons at Connecticut, is expected to go in the second round.

The Raptors own the first overall pick and the 35th and 56th selections in the draft.


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