June 22, 2010
Colangelo fielding calls about Turkoglu
By FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency
Whether getting into names and compromising his trade options, Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo admitted the winds of change will soon hit Toronto.
Colangelo, in essence, is open for business, open to any avenue and amenable to any option that will help improve a team that missed the playoffs for the second time in as many years.
It’s going to take a lot to move Andrea Bargnani and given how relatively cheap athletic pieces Sonny Weems and DeMar DeRozan are, there are very few untouchables on the Raptors.
“There are trade discussions happening right now,” Colangelo said on Tuesday, his final media availability before Thursday’s NBA draft, where the Raptors hold the 13th overall slot.
“How we look today and how we look in a few weeks will be entirely different. Some of it is out of control.”
The latter statement applies to the Chris Bosh scenario, a free agent who can walk away without as much as yielding an asset for Toronto if a sign and trade isn’t made available.
Hedo Turkoglu wants out and Colangelo revealed he has fielded calls on Toronto’s malcontent point forward who aired his beef during his return to his native Turkey, as gutless a move as one can ever make.
“There’s been a lot attention,’’ Colangelo said in reference to suitors of Turkoglu. “Whether or not we make a move will depend on what makes sense to our team.”
The Turkoglu unknown has the potential to play out much longer than Bosh, but Colangelo isn’t going to make a poor move just to placate his selfish Turk.
“Time has a way of well of healing, but we’ll see,’’ responded Colangelo, when asked if the Raptors would welcome back Turkoglu if nothing gets done this off-season.
The buzz in basketball is that something will get done and perhaps the Raptors can peddle Turkoglu in some kind of multi-team deal that features a Bosh sign and trade.
Colangelo signed both Jose Calderon and Jarrett Jack, but now finds himself wrestling with the issue of whether the two point guards can co-exist.
“There’s not a mandate to do something,’’ Colangelo said.
The sense is that something will happen and one of Calderon and Jack, perhaps both, will be moved.
There’s been interest and inquiries about his roster, but Colangelo will only make a move if it helps his team.
What those potential moves are, no one knows with certainty, not even Colangelo.