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    Default Mike James likely to decline player option, become free agent

    For those of you who want him, we may have our chance to get him:

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    James 'Just Looking For One Team To Believe In (Him)'
    2nd April, 2006 - 4:20 pm
    Boston Globe - Mike James is expected to decline his player option for 2006-2007 and become a free agent. James realizes that his reputation may make some teams reluctant to offer him a lucrative contract.

    ''I'm a pit bull because I'm misunderstood," said James. ''A pit bull is the sweetest, most loving dog in the world and full of energy. But if crossed, they've got lockjaw. When I lock on to something, I'm not letting go."

    ''I'm not looking for all 30 teams to love me," said James. ''I'm just looking for one team that's going to believe in me and treat me as if I can really help that team win a championship at the helm.

    ''If somebody else was putting up the stats that I was putting up, they would throw all the money in the world at them. So, just treat me the same way as you would treat anybody else who's a free agent. Money is not my motivator, but I also want to enjoy the fruits of my labor."

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    There was no question that he would opt out to become a free agent. Raps fans have known that since November or December. He's stated numerous times that he's looking for the money, and he'll likely receive a generous offer from the Raptors.

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    Default Re: Mike James likely to decline player option, become free agent

    Raptors will re-sign him. Its just this way he gets more money from them.

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    Default Re: Mike James likely to decline player option, become free agent

    I'd give him the full midlevel exception. Or I'd gladly do a sign and trade. Would the Raps want Jamaal or jax

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    You'd think with the great salary giveaway we'd have been able to get the Raptors to give us him along with Jalen Rose.

    Or not pick up an identical PG from Orlando.

    Or top-5 protect our pick to Chicago.

    Or get better than Mo Taylor.

    Or ...

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    I'd give him the full midlevel exception. Or I'd gladly do a sign and trade. Would the Raps want Jamaal or jax
    Jax yes

    Jamal - No

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    Quote Originally Posted by pacerwaala
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    Jax yes

    Jamal - No
    Deal.

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    Default Re: Mike James likely to decline player option, become free agent

    Do we really want him. I want guys who will pass the ball.
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    Do we really want him. I want guys who will pass the ball.
    He has a tendency to hog the ball down the stretch of games without passing it even once for the entire shotclock so he can make the "big shot". He just did it right now against the Hornets...but missed.

    But then again, throughout the game he also racks up assists as he has 10 right now going into OT. He's great at penetrating and kicking. It's just in the last minute or two in a close game, you oftentimes have the entire possession in James' hand and a random pull-up jumper...he likes taking the big shots.

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    He has a tendency to hog the ball down the stretch of games without passing it even once for the entire shotclock so he can make the "big shot". He just did it right now against the Hornets...but missed.

    But then again, throughout the game he also racks up assists as he has 10 right now going into OT. He's great at penetrating and kicking. It's just in the last minute or two in a close game, you oftentimes have the entire possession in James' hand and a random pull-up jumper...he likes taking the big shots.

    Hmmmm.... I'll have to watch him closer sometime here.

    I'm open to any soluiton at the PG spot also, though.... anyone who will play 82 games would make me so happy.
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    Well, I'd definitely classify him as a score-first PG. So it would be up to Larry and Donnie to make the final decision. It depends on where they want this team to go. The PG is usually an accurate representation of how your team plays...it's a crucial role.

    Mike James often plays more like a shooting guard.

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    Default Re: Mike James likely to decline player option, become free agent

    Mike James also isn't a half-court PG type of player.

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    No Mike James! Why the hell would we want this guy?!

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    Default Re: Mike James likely to decline player option, become free agent

    Mike James' quotes sound like something straight out of Stephen Jackson's mouth. (I like Stephen Jackson, but I don't think we could handle two Stephen Jacksons).
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    Putting up great stats on a horrible team, Tins is better then this dude.

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    Putting up great stats on a horrible team, Tins is better then this dude.
    Mike James is going to end up playing in 80 games this season.

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    Jax yes

    Jamal - No
    Yes! Then we'll have 5 PGs!

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    I like Mike's defense. In my mind he is the league's best back up point guard. I wouldn't feel as great about him being a team's best point guard.
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    I like Mike's defense. In my mind he is the league's best back up point guard. I wouldn't feel as great about him being a team's best point guard.

    Last game vs Hornets, 5/25 FG, that is 20 field goals missed in one game
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    What was Tinsley the other night, 2 for 15 or something like it? Tinsley will
    never be a good shooter. I am not saying James is the answer either.



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    Living in Toronto I have seen a lot of Raptors' games and Mike James. I believe Raps made a mistake
    by not trading him because they might end up overpaying in order to keep him. ANything more than $5-6 million/year
    is too much. When he is on, he can shoot the lights out with the best of them. What bothers me though when he is not on
    he will keep forcing shots instead of looking for a teammate with a hot hand. Case in point few nights ago when Villanueva had
    48 pts, game goes into over time and instead of looking for Charlie, Mike keeps taking shots and missing. Sometimes I think
    his "MJ" intitials get to his head.

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    Toronto media is now really starting to get after Mike James and his "iffy" shot selection down the course of games. I just finished watching an interview where he got very defensive.

    It just doesn't sound like the Mike James I used to really enjoy. You should have heard the guy rattle off every single stat of his from every game this year. He's developed an ego here in Toronto - that is for sure.

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    maybe we can get him? Ship out tinsley? lol
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    Default Re: Mike James likely to decline player option, become free agent

    How about AJ and Sarunas for James?

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