Raptors open to deals

LANCE HORNBY

, Last Updated: 7:58 AM ET

General manager Bryan Colangelo hasn't unplugged his phone to avoid hearing trade offers while the Raptors are indoctrinating new coach Jay Triano.

"This is a constantly evolving game and we're going to try improve the roster as we move forward," Colangelo said after firing Sam Mitchell. "We're going to continue to have the same kind of trade talks I would have if we were 15-10 right now.

"Jay and I will have a better chance to sit down and talk over the course of several days. You don't want to make any quick judgements, quick movements. We'll see what evolves."

JAY WALKING

One of the things Triano must get used to as head coach is that every TV camera and still photographer zeroes in on him after practice as soon as the media is admitted. As an assistant coach, Triano joined the players at the end of workouts in a trick shot competition in relative obscurity.

But he joked he feels pressure to make a few with the cameras rolling. At Friday's shootaround in Salt Lake City, he grabbed a ball and nearly sank it from centre court.

BUZZER BEATERS

Before Triano's first game, Chris Bosh said he'd go along with a plan to reduce his minutes. He went from an average of more than 41, second in the NBA, to 34 against the Jazz ... Members of the Raps' entourage still were chuckling at Denver coach George Karl's stories about the late legendary college coach Abe Lemons. One game when the fiery Lemons stomped on the court to protest a call, the official warned him he'd get a technical foul for every step it took him to return to the bench. Lemons stopped in his tracks, called a timeout and had his assistants come out and carry him back.


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