Well, it seems like you folks like to talk and read about a transaction or two, or even one that didn’t happen.
The incomparable Home Page Editor (that’s not only a big title of great importance, she also drives a mean locomotive, I’m told) unearthed five of the more popular missives from over the years and the similarities are striking.
No, it’s not Jose-TJ or Sam getting fired or Jay getting fired or some sitcom list or some esoteric pop culture thing, it’s deals made and unmade that draw the most attention.
2. July 9, 2009 - The usual blather on this quite unusual morningYes, this is the single greatest masterstroke achieved by a Raptors general manager in the time I’ve been covering the team, which is as long as the team has been in existence.
Bryan got the free agent he wanted – Turkoglu – at the number he wanted him at.
3. July 13, 2010 - Charlotte end of Raptors deal deadThe part of a complex Raptors deal that would have sent Jose Calderon and Reggie Evans to Charlotte is dead, killed by Bobcats owner Michael Jordan, according to league sources.
The teams had signed off on the transaction that would have shipped Boris Diaw and Tyson Chandler to Toronto early Monday afternoon – with Chandler being told he was to become a Raptor – before it died later in the day. The other part of the transaction – Hedo Turkoglu from Toronto to Phoenix for Leandro Barbosa – is still a go and could be finished as early as today.
4. July 20, 2009 - All Marco (Belinelli) all the timeIt really should come as no surprise that Bryan finally found a way to get Marco Belinelli here, he’s been a fan for a year or so and tried a couple of times last season to swing a trade for him.
5. August 17, 2009 - So long, Carlos and Roko
The Raptors are on the verge of finalizing a two-for-two deal with Milwaukee that sends swingman Carlos Delfino and point guard Roko Ukic to the Bucks.