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Old 02-02-2013, 10:36 PM   #1
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Default Some more thoughts on getting Rudy Gay

Now look at this deal from the Toronto angle: The Raptors are obliged to pay Gay $37 million over the next two seasons. Thatís ďgreat player,Ē money. Gay isnít a great NBA player. Never has been, likely never will be. So why are did the Raptors do this?

Buzz. Thatís the only thing I can figure. Toronto is the fourth-largest city in North America, and thereís plenty for a sports fan to do. The Blue Jays have made some major moves that make them an American League contender. The Maple Leafs are an almost religious experience to their core fans. And the NFL Buffalo Bills are just down the road and play one regular-season game annually in Toronto.

The Raptors were in danger of being an afterthought up there, and their general manager, Bryan Colangelo, might be running out of time. So it appears he did something bold and flashy Wednesday, grabbing Gay, who he considered drafting with the No. 1 pick in the 2006 draft.

-- Charlotte Observer
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