Toronto Raptors Rumors
Tyson Chandler and LaMarcus Aldridge were not the only major irons the Suns had in the free agency fire in July. While the Suns landed Chandler swiftly, they were close to securing DeMarre Carroll soon after that until Aldridge became a possibility for a four-day chase that ended in Aldridge choosing San Antonio over Phoenix.
Carroll was interested in the Suns, particularly because of Suns coach Jeff Hornacek and assistant coach Earl Watson, but had Toronto showing a stronger interest and commitment. Carroll agreed to a four-year, $60 million contract with the Raptors on the first day of free agency talks while the Suns could not make the same commitment with Aldridge showing interest in them. “They (the Suns) were going to come visit me,” Carroll said Sunday. “It was going to be my third or fourth visit and they were going to come to my house but I ended up signing with Toronto.
Cory Joseph made a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Toronto Raptors an 84-82 victory over the Washington Wizards on Saturday night. Kyle Lowry scored 27 points for the Raptors, who before Joseph’s 3 had not led since early in the first quarter.
Later in the day, Johnson, whose Twitter handle is@IamJJ3, wrote “My bad, just want more than anything to be a big part of something special for fans, teammates and coaches. .wethenorth.” Johnson didn’t speak with reporters at Friday’s practice, but Casey said: “In today’s NBA, you’re not surprised by anything. It’s not a big deal. He tweeted something he probably shouldn’t have tweeted.” Casey said he’d talked to Johnson and the issue had been handled internally. “Everybody understands their role and what his job is. We’ll move on. It’s been handled, dealt with,” Casey said. “James had an excellent practice today. We had a spirited practice today, which is good.”