Jordan flinches on Raps deal

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:19 PM ET

TORONTO -- According to multiple reports, Michael Jordan apparently came to his senses and as a result there are going to be a lot of unhappy people.

Like Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo, who thought he had unloaded Jose Calderon and his sizable contract to the Charlotte Bobcats and gained even more financial flexibility after ditching Hedo Turkoglu for Phoenix guard Leandro Barbosa.

Like Reggie Evans, who was to be part of the deal and had already thanked Raptor fans for their support.

Like Tyson Chandler, who had told the Associated Press he would be traded to Toronto, but instead, appears to have been traded and untraded for the second time in two years (Oklahoma City turned down a done deal when Chandler failed his physical).

Raptor fans, of course, will be devastated, although the eminently likable Calderon still has his share of supporters.

Alas Boris Diaw, also rumoured to be Toronto-bound until things fell apart, probably doesnít care one way or another, thatís the kind of laid back guy Diaw is.

Yahoo! Sports reported late Monday that Jordan, the owner of the Bobcats, apparently got cold feet about the deal, which was to see him add a sizable chunk of salary, but also a legitimate point guard to a squad that currently is without one.

Jordan, who has made some spectacular blunders as a team builder, was getting killed in the media even though the Phoenix end of the three-way was far uglier, but it is rare for a trade to disintegrate after getting far enough that players are told they are leaving.

But Jordan is likely gunshy after earlier foibles like selecting Kwame Brown No. 1 overall in 2001 and Adam Morrison ahead of many standouts in the 2006 draft.

ESPNís John Hollinger echoed the general sentiment when he tweeted Tuesday afternoon:

ďBobcats have apparently pulled back from precipice of making one of the dumbest trades in recent NBA history. Bummer for Raptors.Ē

But in the NBA, itís not over until itís over, so it is still possible the Bobcats and Raptors pull off another version of a deal.


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