Jan. 17, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Sebastian Telfair (31) handles the ball during the game against the Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders (8) in the first half at US Airways Center. The Bucks defeated the Suns 98-94. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to Toronto, Sebastian Telfair

As expected, the Raptors have completed the acquisition of point guard Sebastian Telfair from the Phoenix Suns, according to multiple sources. Going to the desert is The Man Who Never Was , Hamed Haddadi, plus a conditional second-round draft pick this summer.

I like this move by Raps’ GM Bryan Colangelo. Kyle Lowry, our starting point guard, has been battling injuries all season. If Telfair can provide some relief minutes for Kyle and John Lucas, that’s valuable to our team. Should either of our Smurf guards get hurt, having Sebastian, who’s now in his ninth NBA season, might be a life saver. Financially the trade is mildly beneficial, as Telfair’s contract expires this season, while Haddadi is non-guaranteed for next. In other words, we can test-drive Sebastian for the rest of this year, and walk away if there’s no further interest. Yes, he costs us a second-rounder – I think we’ll survive.

Feb 20, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Memphis Grizzlies forward Ed Davis (32) talks to Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (3) prior to a game at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

I will be taking a longer look  tomorrow at the activity (or lack of it) on Trade Deadline day.

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  • Greg Hall

    I know I’m a bit late for this post and I know we needed a point guard, but do you who I feel bad for in all of this? Ben Uzoh. Ben came in last year, won some games as a starter when Calderon and Bayless were both injured and even had a triple-double … and yes I know what can be said, it was the last day of the season, who cares, any triple-double is worth something! I can’t believe he didn’t get signed as a third point guard at the start of the season (instead we picked up JL3). After trading Calderon I can’t believe he wasn’t picked up immediately, but now we’ve filled the spot again. At this point if I were Danny Ainge I’d be signing Ben Uzoh to a 10 day contact A.S.A.P

    As for our biggest issue since the Rudy Gay deal, I must admit I am disappointed that we did not make a move (not necessarily a trade) to improve depth and ability at the PF/C positions, and we have missed out on the Kenyon Martin option, I’m not really sure who’s out there for Bigs in the Free Agent pool or D League, but if Johnson or Valanciunas get injured for any length of time I am very scared for those games without them.

    Would be curious to hear your thoughts on this Brian, hope this comment didn’t come to late for you to see :)

    • Newmarket_Brian

      Hi Greg: Never too late for you.
      I was at the Uzoh triple-double game, which is on my short list of the worst excuses for a professional game of anything I’ve ever witnessed. I like Ben, as I think he has a high b-ball IQ, but I question whether he’s got the speed or quickness to contend with the NBA’s best PGs.
      As to D-League pickups, I’m working on a post which deals with that subject. I agree we need some help in the front court.
      Thanks for your thoughtful comment.