Jamaal Magloire Makes Sense For Toronto Raptors

By Dan Levine

Nothing will be official until at least Friday, but all reports indicate that 33-year old Jamaal Magloire will sign a one-year deal with the rebuilding Toronto Raptors.

The details for now (CBC Sports) on the Raptors’ first Canadian player:

“Contracts cannot be signed until Friday, but reports indicate the former all-star agreed to a one-year deal worth the veteran’s minimum of slightly more than $1 million US.

He will provide relief off the bench for Toronto’s frontcourt trio of Andrea Bargnani, Ed Davis and Amir Johnson.

Magloire played 18 games for the Miami Heat last season, averaging 1.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 8.8 minutes.

He is a career 48.1 per cent shooter, having averaged 7.5 points, 6.6 rebounds and 22.1 minutes in 646 games over 11 NBA seasons with the Charlotte/New Orleans Hornets, Milwaukee Bucks, Portland Trail Blazers, New Jersey Nets, Dallas Mavericks and Heat.”

More than anything, this move signals that Bryan Colangelo may actually resist the greater temptations of free agency, understanding that 2011/12 will not be Toronto’s year. Jonas Valanciunas is stuck in Europe, and there is little sense in striving for mediocrity.

It’s supported by Colangelo’s statements from earlier this week (Ryan Wolstat, Toronto Sun):

“To say that we’re going to race out and sign somebody to a significant contract is probably not the case, unless it’s a one-year deal. We have contemplated a few of those scenarios, or acquiring a player in a trade with a one-year scenario.”

“We’re laying the foundation for what’s next. When Chris Bosh decided to leave, we decided to go in a different direction and that’s where we’ve found ourselves,” Colangelo said. “You are competitive, you do want to win every game, but the reality of it is, this year, it isn’t in the cards. We’re going to do everything we can to fight and if we somehow get to the playoffs, that will be a great story and we’ll all be talking about it.”

Nobody wants to “tank,” but I’ll be fine with the decision to stay away from long-term deals to players who won’t ultimately be part of the “finished product” – at least in Colangelo’s vision. Why aim for someone like Shane Battier, who will add some wins, but not nearly enough? Or Tyson Chandler, who would decline just as the young players mature?

On the other hand, one-year deals to players like Magloire work for me. Forget the PR angle that comes with being Canadian – perhaps he’ll help new coach Dwane Casey improve the work ethic and defensive intensity of this squad. If not, no harm done.

Where do you stand on signings like this, and on the direction of the Raptors right now?

And what does this mean for Solomon Alabi’s development?

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Raptors Devotee
Raptors Devotee
December 8, 2011 3:38 pm

Absolutely no down side. Solomon Alabi from what I saw of him is not exactly going to develop into a cornerstone for this franchise. The best thing that Magloire can do is to tutor Bargnani/Davis/Johnson on the court during practice and during games. I see his role as a quasi player coaching role, and that’s ideal.

December 8, 2011 4:18 pm

Best case scenario: he doesn’t make a difference in terms of wins/losses, but helps Casey turn this squad into a better defensive unit.

Worst case scenario: he sits on the bench all year and doesn’t really have much of an impact in practices either. Can’t really see this happening (especially about the practices) considering this is such a young group in need of leadership…which Magloire is more than willing to provide.

I pretty much agree exactly with the previous comment. Signing him is a no-brainer. And who knows, if things go well he might even be kept around past this year to mentor Jonas.

December 8, 2011 4:26 pm

Just another nail in the raps’ coffin. Sure, they’ll have their hardcore fans but the all important peripheral fan is losing interest by the minute. As they do, the corporate support will dry up.

In a few more years, it will be “So long raps”.

Raptors Devotee
Raptors Devotee
December 8, 2011 4:54 pm

Roger, you may be right on the peripheral fan and corporate support, but with the dynamics of the NBA today and the way the Raptors are set up the course Colangelo is plotting is the only logical one to bring this team back to respectability within 3 years and competing for the playoffs.

When this hopefully happens, and it is no certainty, as our high #1 pick this year is by far the most important draft pick we will make in recent memory, the Raptors should have the makeup of a roster that can do some damage, along with the cap space, money we have from losing Bosh, and using our amnesty next year.

Your comment on “So Long Raps” is so far off base it is not worthy of comment, considering that the Raptors are not one of the teams who are losing money in the NBA, with MLSE owning the building and pretty much everything else associated with the Raptors plus having the Leafs play in the same building. Your comment sure seemed petty, and I have to say, fans like you I can live without, as you seem to take delight that we could conceivably lose our team, which we won’t of course.

Steve in Waterloo
Steve in Waterloo
December 8, 2011 8:00 pm

I heard he doesn’t show up for Canadian teams…

Ami Angelwings
December 9, 2011 4:53 am

@Roger Why would Rogers/Bell sell them? And where would they go? Who would offer up a price for the Raptors that R/B would take?

Teams don’t just move if they suck for X number of years, there have to be reasons for it, a willing buyer, a willing seller and a place to go. xD


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December 9, 2011 5:47 pm

this signing is not a big deal…neither good or bad…they need bodies to fill out the roster …Jamaal is finished as an impact player or role player…it’s all about tanking so we can have the best chance of drafting Harrison Barnes next yr..

December 9, 2011 10:45 pm

I wouldn’t discount the Canadian/local angle. This is going to be a very long 66-game season for any causal follower of the Raptors who can’t see the end game so having a local boy to market will help offset some of the ill-will that will be created as the team tanks hard to get an early lottery pick in a very good draft.

December 19, 2011 2:34 pm

No problem re Alabi…But the reason Magloire fits in is because he won’t help us win games. Just watched the Raps exhibition VS Boston and Maagloire could hardly move. He is no longer a competitive NBA baller.

Contrast that with the hustling, fan favorite Reggie Evans who was getting us several extra posessions each game and it’s a no contest loser…unless of course we get to the crux of the matter..tanking. And that’s exactly what is planned.

Great idea for the future if we could hang on to our young guns, but history has proven that we cannot.

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