Colangelo will just have to wait

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:35 AM ET

Step one in the Raptors’ redo of their roster was taken Thursday night on draft day.

One slot and one trade later in the evening netted Toronto, which is thin on bigs, two bigs in can’t-miss prospect Ed Davis and a mystery that is Solomon Alabi.

Now comes step two in a process of many steps, one that isn’t so clear cut given the many uncertainties.

GM Bryan Colangelo knows it, acknowledges it and admits that so much is out of his control.

There are moveable pieces, but there are also so many moving parts as free agency looms and as talk begins to percolate even more of trades that will soon be orchestrated involving any player under contact whose name isn’t Andrea Bargnani, Sonny Weems and DeMar DeRozan.

“A lot needs to play out in the coming weeks,’’ Colangelo confided when he addressed the media late Thursday night.

“I’m not going to sit here and tell you I’m confident that Chris is coming back. That’s why the selection of Ed Davis at this spot is one that looks to be the right piece.

“I have all kinds of scenarios that could play out (in free agency) and we have a little bit more of an idea each day, a little bit more information comes in or you feel a certain way.

“But basically, a lot needs to play out in the coming weeks.”

There was talk that the Raptors and Portland were discussing a deal involving Rudy Fernandez, a disgruntled shooter/scorer who wants out — but it fizzled.

For the record, it’s hard to envision how much of an upgrade Fernandez would bring to Toronto.

What it did reveal, assuming there was substance to the gossip, is that a guy such as Marco Belinelli is in play.

There was talk Orlando had shown interest in re-acquiring Hedo Turkoglu, a rumour that was dismissed by Magic GM Otis Smith, who can also use a backup point guard.

But make no mistake: Talk is ongoing, it’s constant and eventually all this talk will lead to something, how major and how meaningful are what’s left to be decided.


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