Raps eyed more deals

STEVE BUFFERY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:08 AM ET

Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo said that he was on the phones right up to the trade deadline yesterday (3 p.m.), looking to pull the trigger on another trade.

Colangelo sent Fred Jones to the Portland Trail Blazers yesterday for Juan Dixon, in a swap of shooting guards, clearing up more cap space ($2.53 million US in total), which left the Raptors in a good position to make a deal.

"There were a couple of players that we quickly targeted (after the Jones trade) and made a few calls to see if there was something that we could do, but it didn't work out," he said. "I did have a couple of live conversation going right up to the wire."

Colangelo admitted that he entertained a number of offers for Raptors veteran Morris Peterson over the last few months, but insisted that Toronto never shopped Peterson around.

"Never was he, from our perspective, on the trade block, but we took a lot of calls from teams interested in him," Colangelo said. "Morris started slow but he's coming into his own now. And it became less and less likely that he was going to be moved from our team as time wore on. And he really has been a factor in our recent run of success."

Peterson is shooting 56% from the field (30-for-54) and 50% from beyond the arc (17 of 34) in his past seven games.

Colangelo said he was wary to make any major trades that would spoil the chemistry inside the Toronto locker room. He also believes that the young core of the team -- Chris Bosh, T.J. Ford and Andrea Bargnani -- will put the organization in good stead going forward, without blowing up the roster now.

"We like where we are. To jeopardize something to take a swing right now, probably wouldn't be the right thing. You always have to think on the move and make adjustments, but we like where we are, we like our team. We think the city likes our team, it's a great group of guys. Everyone's pulling the cart right now, rather than pushing the string," he said.

"We have a great group and it's really something special," he added.

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Colangelo said given the fact that many of his players will play at various Olympic trials this summer, the club may not participate in any Summer League games.


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