RUMOR: Warriors and Raptors had a Marco Belinelli - Joey Graham deal in place

F7deb2d5d1a20eae7629b558ba46f8a4_medium

Joey Graham does the unthinkable and makes Vince Carter look like Mike Dunleavy. [via photos.nj.com]

Jump for some details on the swap courtesy of our northern neighbors.

From the Toronto Star:

The things you learn schmoozing with people around something like an NBA final.

From the Water Under A Bridge department, found out last night the Raptors had a deal done with Golden State last season that would have seen them ship Joey Graham to California for guard Marco Belinelli.

It was so done that Bellinelli was almost on his way to the airport to come to Toronto and told friends he was being traded.

And then the Warriors backed off and killed the deal.

I still don't buy that Belinelli belongs in this league, but it's not a given that Graham gets a second NBA contract either.  Neither player is even an average quality NBA player or has a high hoops IQ, but at least the athletic Graham gives the Warriors a little more size and cuts down their glut of poor to mediocre ranging guards. Truth be told, the Warriors aren't going to get much at all for Belinelli straight up. Unless the Warriors are taking back a bad contract, I'd be suprised if Belinelli could even net them a future 2nd round pick straight up.

This isn't a huge deal and I'd doubt it would have changed much about that horrendous WE SUCK 29 win season, but if this is true I'm curious why the Warriors killed off the deal.

Any ideas why?

 

Since we're in draft season, it's always fun to take a look back. The Warriors were heavily linked to Graham in the 2005 NBA Draft (the Ike Diogu 1st round bust one).

99% of rumors never happen, but 99% of them are fun to talk about!

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Golden State Of Mind

You must be a member of Golden State Of Mind to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Golden State Of Mind. You should read them.

Join Golden State Of Mind

You must be a member of Golden State Of Mind to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Golden State Of Mind. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker