Lots of stuff to catch up on today, and I'll try my best, but wanted to quickly pass on that Anthony Parker's days as a Raptor are 'officially' at an end. I got word very early this morning - or my phone did, as I was asleep - from his agent, Henry Thomas, that Parker will indeed sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
"He is going to Cleveland; the contract is not signed yet, there are still a few details I want to work out on the language," Thomas said by way of text message.
You'll recall that even as of yesterday afternoon at the Turkoglu press conference Colangelo was still sounding hopeful about bringing back Parker, noting that he hadn't yet signed a contract with Cleveland. Well, as of this morning he still hasn't, but I don't think there can be a clearer indication that Parker won't be changing his mind. And you know what? Not a bad opportunity for him, you have to say. If there's one guy I'd like to see do well it's Anthony Parker, one of the most decent people I've met in 15 years in the business. A smart, friendly, consistent person who will see about as many wide-open corner jumpers as have ever been seen playing with LeBron and Shaq, it'd be nice to see him knock down some big ones in the NBA Finals next year.
"Yes, the Raptors did want him back," said Thomas. "Bryan was sincere in that [we]just felt this was too good an opportunity to pass up."
I'll be back later with some more details.