Toronto Raptors-Milwaukee Bucks Trade Stalled

Brad NortonCorrespondent IAugust 17, 2009

RALEIGH, NC - MARCH 23:  Sonny Weems #13 of the Arkansas Razorbacks goes up for the slam dunk against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the 2nd round of the East Regional of the 2008 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at RBC Center on March 23, 2008 in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Tar Heels defeated the Razorbacks 108-77. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

So, as I reported before, there is a deal that is in the works that would have Toronto sign swingman Carlos Delfino, then trade him, along with Roko Ukic, to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for forward-center Amir Johnson and shooting guard Sonny Weems.

Now, there are now several possible complications to this trade that if it were to happen would take longer.  The first is that Amir Johnson can not be dealt in a package until August 23, which would delay the deal to next week.

Second, Sonny Weems cannot be dealt in a package until October, pushing the deal all the way to October.  Finally, this would clog up our backcourt more than it is as Weems is a shooting guard.  Our backcourt would look like this:

SF: TurkeyGlue, Wright, DeRozan, Bellinelli

SG: DeRozan, Bellinelli(possibly switch that around), Douby, Jack, Wright, Weems (six altogether)

PG: Calderon, Jack, Douby, Banks

Six shooting guards!  Now, arguably, Wright wouldn't see much time there as he's backing up Turk and Jack is backing up Calderon.  That still equals four, and I still consider Wright and Jack playing at the two sometimes.

There would need to be a trade and one that comes to mind is going to the old, reliable and friendly Memphis Grizzlies, and just straight up giving them Banks and Weems and some money if they get waived by Memphis.

This would be a smart move and could possibly help out Memphis, but, I doubt it.  It saves the Raptors money, though, and it gives Memphis some extra money to utilize somewhere.

Now, don't get all excited because I just made up that trade as a scenario and it isn't close to happening.

Anyway, back to the main concern for fans: are the Raptors putting pressure on other NBA teams that want Delfino by spreading the word about this deal?

Or, is Bryan Colangelo actually going to wait until October to get this deal done?  He could also trade Delfino for Amir and Roko for Weems.  But, I mean I'd rather have Roko than Weems and and I'm sure Colangelo would too. So, I think it will be someone else.

Do you really want to have a finished deal sitting there for months until you can finally make it official?  I wouldn't.

Maybe, Pops's future as a Raptor isn't done after all.


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