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David
06-21-2003, 10:19 AM
Jun. 21, 2003. 01:00 AM
Raps, Knicks talk blockbuster: Report
JYD, Sprewell part of trade rumour

`A lot of interesting conversations:' GM

DOUG SMITH
SPORTS REPORTER

It's NBA draft week and blockbusters are in the air.

The Raptors, anxious but not desperate to move out of the No. 4 slot, are involved in intense talks with a handful of teams about possible trades including a big one involving the New York Knicks.

Two Eastern Conference sources say the Raptors are talking about swapping Jerome Williams, Lamond Murray and the fourth pick to the Knicks for Latrell Sprewell and the No. 9 selection with other players possibly being thrown in as salary-cap ballast.

Toronto general manager Glen Grunwald, admitting that trade talks are starting to intensify, said the Knicks rumour was off-base but reports this morning in the Newark Star-Ledger newspaper say the deal is still on the table.

Whether or not it materializes, Grunwald is looking hard at making a trade.

"That's certainly a good possibility," he said last night. "We're going to do whatever we have to do. We've had a lot of interesting conversations."

There is no clear-cut No. 4 selection in Thursday's draft, which makes a Toronto trade even more likely. Some teams, like the Knicks, might want to move up and select Texas point guard T.J. Ford while others, like Miami at No. 5, might want Georgia forward Chris Bosh and even Memphis, with the No. 13 choice, might want to make a large move forward and take French swingman Mickael Pietrus.

The Raptors and Knicks were involved in talks over a blockbuster deal at last February's trade deadline, a swap that would have included Antonio Davis, Morris Peterson and Sprewell. However, talks bogged down when the Knicks couldn't be persuaded to toss in Kurt Thomas.

If the Raptors trade for a lower pick, they have their eye on a couple of players who'd be available later in the lottery.

Toronto is enamoured of Kansas point guard Kirk Hinrich, who worked out at the Air Canada Centre on Thursday, as well as Georgetown power forward Mike Sweetney, who impressed the team's braintrust in two recent workouts.

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Chicago JK
06-21-2003, 10:21 AM
Originally posted by: David
Jun. 21, 2003. 01:00 AM
Raps, Knicks talk blockbuster: Report
JYD, Sprewell part of trade rumour

`A lot of interesting conversations:' GM

DOUG SMITH
SPORTS REPORTER

It's NBA draft week and blockbusters are in the air.

The Raptors, anxious but not desperate to move out of the No. 4 slot, are involved in intense talks with a handful of teams about possible trades including a big one involving the New York Knicks.

Two Eastern Conference sources say the Raptors are talking about swapping Jerome Williams, Lamond Murray and the fourth pick to the Knicks for Latrell Sprewell and the No. 9 selection with other players possibly being thrown in as salary-cap ballast.

Toronto general manager Glen Grunwald, admitting that trade talks are starting to intensify, said the Knicks rumour was off-base but reports this morning in the Newark Star-Ledger newspaper say the deal is still on the table.

Whether or not it materializes, Grunwald is looking hard at making a trade.

"That's certainly a good possibility," he said last night. "We're going to do whatever we have to do. We've had a lot of interesting conversations."

There is no clear-cut No. 4 selection in Thursday's draft, which makes a Toronto trade even more likely. Some teams, like the Knicks, might want to move up and select Texas point guard T.J. Ford while others, like Miami at No. 5, might want Georgia forward Chris Bosh and even Memphis, with the No. 13 choice, might want to make a large move forward and take French swingman Mickael Pietrus.

The Raptors and Knicks were involved in talks over a blockbuster deal at last February's trade deadline, a swap that would have included Antonio Davis, Morris Peterson and Sprewell. However, talks bogged down when the Knicks couldn't be persuaded to toss in Kurt Thomas.

If the Raptors trade for a lower pick, they have their eye on a couple of players who'd be available later in the lottery.

Toronto is enamoured of Kansas point guard Kirk Hinrich, who worked out at the Air Canada Centre on Thursday, as well as Georgetown power forward Mike Sweetney, who impressed the team's braintrust in two recent workouts.

Legal Notice:- Copyright 1996-2003. Toronto Star Newspapers Limited. All rights reserved. Distribution, transmission or republication of any material from www.thestar.com is strictly prohibited without the prior written permission of Toronto Star Newspapers Limited. For information please contact us using our webmaster form.


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mavsfanforever
06-21-2003, 11:22 AM
Knicks will make the playoffs if Antonio Mc Dyess is healthy. Raptors need to get rid of Vince to do anything.

Tony tha Mavs fan
06-21-2003, 08:27 PM
Maybe this trade might help the Mavs deal with miami for their number 5 and pick up chris bosh. I think if this trade goes through it will help all teams invovled.

Mandyahl
06-21-2003, 08:52 PM
there's a high likliehood that bosh will go at four though

one long blue sock
06-21-2003, 08:56 PM
Toronto might need a PG, but they need everything else. Spree would be nice with a healthy Vince. Ford Spree and Vince wouldnt be to bad of a perimeter team.

mnmpeanut
06-25-2003, 08:21 AM
well, let's look at this in a little different light.


what if (a huge if) the mavs-raptors trade of van exel and raef for davis, murray, #4, etc. went through, would it be smart then to call the knicks and say - #4 and murray, taw, esch, whatever for #9 and spree?

then you take sweetney, lampe, or kaman at #9.

then you use the exception for.....


gary payton.


then you look like this:

payton - nash
finley - bell
spree - najera
dirk - sweetney
davis - bradley


if you can't get payton, you use the $1 mil for a guy like jeff mcinnis, jacque vaughn, damon jones, etc. and you can still use the big exception for a malone, zo, whoever. or split the big exception and get travis best and a mid level big guy (rodney rogers, dean garrett, etc.)


i like playing fantasy gm....