Well as expected, Bassy is out the door. Marc Stein of ESPN.com this earlier this morning:
“Rumbles persist that Hamed Haddadi & second-rounder to Phoenix to bring Bassy Telfair to Toronto is likely outcome in final hour of deadline.”
Stein’s reports were deadly accurate. The Phoenix Suns will indeed receive Haddadi and a future second-round draft choice from Toronto in exchange for Telfair.
With Telfair now out of the picture, the back-up point guard role now fully belongs to Kendall Marshall.
Haddadi is in his fifth year in the NBA and has a career average of 2 points and 2.1 rebounds. Haddadi was mainly included in the deal mainly for salary cap reasons.
Sebastian Telfair is a great fit with the Toronto Raptors for many reasons. According to Kennedy, Telfair is close with Kyle Lowry, Alan Anderson and Rudy Gay as all of them train together every summer in Vegas. The Raptors have been on the market in search of a back-up point guard since Jose Calderon was dealt to the Detroit Pistons last month in the deal that brought Rudy Gay to Toronto.
Telfair is averaging 6 points, 2.5 assists while shooting 38% both from the field and from behind three-point line. However Telfair makes his money on the defensive side of the ball with his ball-hawking, nasty, in your face type of defense. John Lucas III is currently playing the role of back-up point guard in Toronto and Telfair will certainly be an upgrade over Lucas.
Jared Dudley tweeted this moments ago:
With the addition of Haddadi, the Suns now have an extra center should they decide to move Jermaine O’Neal or Marcin Gortat or possibly both.
And as for Sebastian Telfair, good luck Bassy, it was a pleasure having you here in Phoenix.