Marc Stein of ESPN.com tweeted moments ago:
“Rumbles persist that Hamed Haddadi & second-rounder to Phoenix to bring Bassy Telfair to Toronto is likely outcome in final hour of deadline.”
Haddadi is in his fifth year in the NBA and has a career average of 2 points and 2.1 rebounds. Haddadi is included in the deal mainly for salary cap reasons.
Sebastian Telfair is a great fit with the Toronto Raptors. According to Kennedy, Telfair is close with Kyle Lowry, Alan Anderson and Rudy Gay as all of them train together every summer in Vegas.
Telfair has lost his role on the Phoenix Suns after interim head coach Lindsey Hunter elected to give Kendall Marshall more playing time in order for him to develop as a player. With that being said, Telfair is still currently a superior player compared with Marshall despite the fact that he’s been replaced by Marshall in the Phoenix Suns rotation.
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.