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