The Toronto Raptors made headlines early in free agency with their pursuit of Steve Nash. They used $34 million (over 3 years) and the allure of returning home to almost land the former MVP.
It would’ve been a great story for Steve to come back to his native Canada, despite being a rebuilding situation….. I wouldn’t have blamed him for it. But you know who I do blame? The Toronto Raptors.
This move wasn’t about basketball, it about selling jerseys.
The return of the prodigal son, Steve Nash, would’ve been the biggest story in Canada since the invention of hockey (oh and Trailer Park Boys). Imagine all the #13 jerseys that would’ve flown off the racks…it would’ve lasted a decade. Steve could’ve run for “prime minister” (what a joke) in the last year of his deal and probably won.
Yes, Steve would’ve helped the Raptors win more games, but ask yourself this…if they really wanted a veteran PG with an impressive resume why didn’t they pursue Jason Kidd or Chauncey Billups too? They were available long after Steve’s decision to join the Lakers. What about Derek Fisher? he’s out there right now and for a lot cheaper…five rings and leadership up the anus. Why doesn’t GM Bryan Colangelo make the call?
See, the Toronto Raptors are just trying to make a quick buck this summer not build a winner. They are the anti-OKC Thunder.
Yes, new acquisiton Kyle Lowry had a good year last year in Houston…but so did Aaron Brooks three years ago. The Rockets have a way of getting career years out of their PGs and then quickly moving on. Jeremy Lin (another Raptor target this offseason), you got next.
If the NBA ever votes for contraction one day, I think Toronto be first on the list. I’d move them to Seattle, but they’d probably call it ‘Vancouver South’ and then try to sign Shawn Kemp to a 10-day publicity stunt.
Colangelo has been watching too many James Dolan press conferences on MSG.
If the Raptors brass keeps thinking about the name on the back of the jersey they won’t have one on the front very much longer.