One of the first to reach out to Hedo Turkoglu was Chris Bosh. The two had a brief phone conversation, but the moment left an impression with the newest Raptor.
"When I heard his voice, I was nervous," Turkoglu said. "Then I was happy to hear him welcome me."
Turkoglu's presence will be welcome because he is that offensively gifted. And it may even persuade Bosh to stick around beyond this season.
General manager Bryan Colangelo has positioned his team brilliantly in a climate where money is tight.
The team has three roster spots and can, in theory, use a "Bird Exception" to sign Carlos Delfino, a player it covets, the league's mid-level exception of roughly $5.8 million US and the bi-annual exception of about $2 million.
Teams can exceed the salary cap -- this year's number is $57.7 million -- but are reluctant to surpass the dollar-for-dollar tax threshold of roughly $70 million.
Colangelo has spoken with Bosh's agent, Henry Thomas, but was evasive when asked if he'd offer Bosh an extension, even though the franchise player has gone public with his desire to test free agency.
But there is a theory floating around that Bosh is re-considering in the wake of Colangelo's moves.
By all accounts, the GM has about $12 million left to spend, money that is needed to acquire a wing, a centre and a point guard.
"We're going to wait until the dust settles," said Colangelo, who is off to Las Vegas to oversee his team's summer league entry. "At 7 a.m., I had agents call inquiring about the mid-level."
PG Jose Calderon
SG/SF DeMar DeRozan
SF Hedo Turkoglu
PF Chris Bosh
C Andrea Bargnani
PG Roko Ukic
SG/SF Antoine Wright
SG/SF Devean George
PF Reggie Evans
PG/SG Marcus Banks
PG/SG Quincy Douby
C Patrick O'Bryant