News and notes on the Raptors courtesy of Mike Ganter and Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun..
- Despite some speculation that the Raptors might use their amnesty clause to rid themselves of Jose Calderon's contract, GM Bryan Colangelo club intends to hold on to the point guard. The 30-year-old is owed $10.56MM next season but Colangelo is impressed by the progress that he has made and his leadership skills. The article adds that the GM even seems reluctant to use the amnesty clause at all.
- Guard Jerryd Bayless said earlier this week that he wants to re-sign with Toronto. Colangelo said that Bayless is a young prospect whom he would be interested in retaining but admitted that he could possibly be moved in a sign-and-trade. Bayless will have a $7.2MM cap hold until he signs a qualifying offer or new contract, which could hinder the club's off-season flexibility.
- Head coach Dwane Casey strongly believes that the club can attract elite free agents north of the border. “All the stuff people say about free agency with Toronto being another country and you’ll have tax problems , all that is crap,” the coach said. “I’m telling you right now. This city is one of the finest cities. It’s a top five city in North America. It’s not even close and I’ve been in all of them. For any free agent who doesn’t think this is a special situation, they are sadly mistaken.” Casey, who just wrapped up his first year with the club, had his third-year option exercised yesterday.