Raptors Don’t Want Pau Gasol?
The Raptors, sources say, are leery of taking a flier on yet another international player, despite Pau Gasol’s obvious and longstanding talents. GM Bryan Colangelo has gone this route before, remember — signing Jorge Garbajosa, drafting Andrea Bargnani, signing Hedo Turkoglu — and even though Gasol would fit in with just about any team, including, most assuredly, the 7-19 Raptors, Toronto isn’t ready to pull the trigger.
Besides, Bargnani’s torn elbow is expected to keep him out another month, making a deal for him unlikely until he returns. The same goes for Calderon; with starter Kyle Lowry (torn triceps) out for a while, the Raptors have to keep Calderon, in the final year of his contract, around. (He also has a trade kicker, 10 percent.)
But if a Lakers deal for Bargnani isn’t in the cards, league sources are convinced the Raptors will eventually move him somewhere. “Bryan is going to move him, no doubt,” a rival GM said Sunday evening.