It's all Greek to Raps

RYAN WOLSTAT -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:28 AM ET

Jorge Garbajosa is gone via buyout, but are two other members of Toronto's international cast ready to head back overseas with him?

Yesterday, chatter out of Greece suggested club team Olympiakos was prepared to offer Raptors starter and Euroleague legend Anthony Parker a lucrative deal believed to be worth $21 million US over three years to leave. Parker is under contract with the Raptors for another year at $4.5 million.

Now comes word that Carlos Delfino, who averaged nine points and 4.8 rebounds for the Raptors last season, is also highly coveted, by Olympiacos rival, Panithanaikos.

Greek newspapers, television stations and websites have connected Delfino to the team, but Panathinaikos has declined to comment on the situation.

There is a bit of an arms race going on over in Greece, with Olympiakos, jealous of Panathinaikos' dominance of Greek basketball in the past decade, recently adding international stars Theodoros Papaloukas and Nikola Vujcic. Panathinaikos has signed three lesser-known players and may have attempted to lure Houston Rockets forward Luis Scola who, like Delfino, is a member of Argentina's national team.

Houston general manager Daryl Morey shot down the Scola rumours earlier this week, and it would be a shock if the Raptors didn't do the same. Since the team is already over the salary cap, it would see no tangible benefit from buying out Parker, a useful starter making a fair salary.

General manager Bryan Colangelo was unavailable for comment, but will address the media this afternoon, primarily about the NBA draft.

Meanwhile, the Raptors continue to prepare for tomorrow's pick-fest.

While Colangelo burned up the phone lines yesterday at the Air Canada Centre talking trade, members of his scouting staff reportedly travelled to Philadelphia to check out a group workout featuring Darrell Arthur (who previously ducked the Raptors twice), Alexis Ajinca (who the team saw early in the process and liked), Marreese Speights (who they saw and didn't like) and Jason Thompson, a stat-stuffer from Rider, whose stock rapidly has risen after several impressive workouts, including a previous one with the Raptors.

DRAFT NOTES

Things apparently are looking up for Nicolas Batum, the Frenchman who had piqued the interest of the Raptors until an alleged heart abnormality was found prior to his working out for the team last week.

According to Draftexpress.com, Batum has been cleared to resume workouts after being tested thoroughly by a doctor in Cleveland.

The site also states that his agent will be sending out a full medical report to NBA teams today.


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