Raps get bigger in trade

LANCE HORNBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:22 AM ET

The Raptors got bigger at the NBA trade deadline. Time will tell if they are better.

Just before yesterday's 3 p.m. cut-off, Toronto picked up 7-foot, 250-pound centre Patrick O'Bryant from the Boston Celtics. They sent little-used point guard Will Solomon to Boston, which in turn flipped Solomon to the Sacramento Kings for cash and a conditional second-round pick in 2014.

Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo told reporters early in the week that he would look to add depth up front after losing Jermaine O'Neal in last week's Shawn Marion deal.

O'Bryant, 22, was a first-round pick of the Golden State Warriors, ninth overall, in 2006, but wasn't going to get quality minutes with the defending world-champion Celtics. He averaged 1.6 points, 1.3 rebounds and 4.9 minutes in his three seasons in the NBA.

Solomon, who signed last year as a free agent, began the season in a battle with Roko Ukic for backup point guard. But new coach Jay Triano has been going to Ukic and others to spell off Jose Calderon.


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