December 16, 2012; Toronto, ON, Canada; Houston Rockets forward Carlos Delfino (10) drives the ball against Toronto Raptors guard Terrence Ross (31) at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

For Raptors, free agency is a rumour


Toronto Raptors GM Masai Ujiri is taking a wait-&-see attitude about signing free agents.

Actually I have no idea if that statement is true. Once Dwight Howard was signed, I expected a flurry of free agents to find new homes. That’s occurred, but not one of them has selected Toronto, nor has one even been linked in whispers as becoming a Rap, which I’ve never seen before. Teams like Cleveland, Houston and Dallas have beefed up considerably, but the Raps have acted like free agency is something that other teams sully their hands with – but not us. Even the B-list free agents, like Carlos Delfino, now with Milwaukee, and J.J. Hickson, who’s a Nugget, have splashy new contracts.

Apr 17, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors shooting guard Alan Anderson (6) during the game against the Boston Celtics at the Air Canada Centre. The Raptors beat the Celtics 114-90. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

There’s an argument to be made that waiting until the last minute to offer contracts to suddenly nervous and unwanted players keeps costs down. I might buy that, except there aren’t many guys left I’d want. There are an absurd number of yesterday’s-news guys like Tracy McGrady, Elton Brand, Antawn Jamison, Jermaine O’Neal, Michael Redd (DREAM ON, PAL), and a bunch of unidimensional “talents” like  Austin Daye, Tyler Hansbrough and Daequan Cook. You like guys who will provide drama in the dressing room? How’s Stephen Jackson looking to you, or James Johnson, Kenyon Martin, or Eddy Curry? There are giant question marks like Monta Ellis (a deluxe scorer who does nothing for his teammates and can’t or won’t defend) and Andrew Bynum (a wonderful offensive player on those rare occasions when he actually dresses).

Note Raps’ fan favourite Alan Anderson is unsigned. Him I’d grab. I’d also be happy to see Jeff Teague, Chris Wilcox, DeJuan Blair and Beno Udrih in camp. But our GM had best put on his track shoes. We need a lot of help.

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  • Greg Hall

    I might take a flyer on a guy like Ivan Johnson, or Mareese Speights. Gary Neal is still available also. There are also a few backup only point guys left, but like you said, not many. Brandon Jennings, Nate Robinson, and Will Bynum or D.J. Augustin are probably the cream of that crop. Not much left for us without internationals, unsigned draftees or d-leaguers. I am quite disappointed too.