Word has leaked that Solomon Alabiís fall on draft night has been linked with a positive test for Hepatitis B.
How that diagnosis affects Alabiís pro career isnít easily discernible, but the Raptors believe the kid will able to function, which might help explain why they forked over cash and a future second-round pick to Dallas to acquire the Nigerian-born big manís rights with the 50th slot.
Given the sensitive nature, the Raptors arenít prepared to comment, but itís widely known a red flag was attached to Alabi on draft night with talk of a medical condition hovering over the 7-foot-1 product of Florida State.
According to one report, Alabi had a ďrare medical condition,íí which clearly discouraged teams from taking a prospect many had pegged as a first-rounder.
Hep B, an inflammation of the liver, is rare in the United Sates, but itís more common in a country such as Alabiís native Africa, often managed by anti-viral medication.
A lot was made of the Raptors getting lucky when they got their hands on Ed Davis at No. 13 and later engineered the trade with the Mavs as Alabiís name fell.
Davis broke his wrist in college last season and now comes word that Alabi has Hepatitis B.
Davis never worked out for the Raptors, but Alabi did.
Raptors assistant GM Maurizio Gherardini has been linked with New Jersey, which will soon bid adieu to outgoing president Rod Thorn.
Gherardini, who was brought to Toronto four years ago from Benetton Triviso, has ties to Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov, but thatís about it.
The Raptors arenít going to stand in the way of Gherardini calling the shots, but at this point itís just a reach, a connection based more on familiarity than fact.
The fact is Gherardini is a well-connected individual who has spent a lot of his time promoting basketball in Canada and helping national programs on many levels
Turk talks again
Hedo Turkoglu spoke to the Turkish media again Monday and tried to clarify his recent controversial comments.
Turkoglu said his frustration stemmed from not being used right in his first season as a Raptor. He added that he would like to return to Toronto but would like the system to utilize him more.