Colangelo on prowl for guard

STEVE BUFFERY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:03 AM ET

Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo said yesterday he is going to continue to try to acquire another point guard -- even though T.J. Ford will begin working out this week.

"I've been in communication with a number of teams, doing the normal course of activity in terms of making and receiving phone calls and talking about improving our basketball team," said Colangelo, adding that acquiring a point guard is a priority.

Even though Ford, who suffered an arm stinger on Dec. 11, will begin workouts this week, he could still be four to five weeks away from rejoining the team. Jose Calderon is playing more than 40 minutes per game in his place and shooting guard Juan Dixon hasn't worked out as a backup.

Some point guards mentioned as possibly being available include former Raptor Damon Stoudamire of the Memphis Grizzles, Jason Williams of the Miami Heat and Luke Ridnour of the Seattle SuperSonics.

The Raps have previously expressed interest in Ridnour, but his game has tailed off and he is due $6.5 million US in each of the next two seasons.

"If there is something that we can do that makes sense, fine," said head coach Sam Mitchell, when asked if he would like another point guard on his roster. "But whatever we do, it has to be with the understanding that T.J. and Jose Calderon are our point guards. As long as those two guys are healthy, he won't play."


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