#1 When I got traded I had mixed feelings, von zhanjiao1212 15.04.2019 07:53

TORONTO - Time is ticking on Jermain Defoe and there are a lot of moving parts for Toronto FC. Soldes Chaussures Pas Cher .While reports focus on Torontos price tag for the England striker, The Canadian Press has learned that a Defoe sale is part of a series of complicated moves designed to strengthen the MLS club on a number of fronts.Toronto has several legitimate offers on the table for Defoe. But rather than a strict sale, it is currently looking at a cash and swap deal that will bring a viable striker in return and start a domino effect elsewhere on the roster.U.S. international striker Jozy Altidore, currently with Sunderland, is high on the TFC shopping list.The club will then use the cash to help pay for a creative, attacking midfielder with Toronto identifying two possible marquee targets, both of whom would not be available until July 1. That wish list for a No. 10 includes a highly touted impactful player in his 20s currently plying his trade in Europe.Essentially Toronto is working on a string on deals — coming to terms with MLS headquarters, Defoe and the team buying Defoe, the targeted attacking midfielder and his club, and two other players.Toronto also has its sights set on Real Betis defender Damien Perquis, a 30-year-old French-born Poland international. Reports in Italy have also suggested an interest in 27-year-old Juventus forward Sebastian Giovinco.While the transfer window for English clubs does not close until the end of the month, Toronto is working on a tighter internal deadline. Defoe is due to report back next Saturday and the team does not need a repeat of the drama that surrounded the striker at the end of the summer transfer window.The team is exploring other trade options with the league and has bargaining chips with five of the first 37 picks, including Nos. 6, 9 and 11, at next weeks MLS SuperDraft in Philadelphia. Whatever happens, the club should emerge with some young, inexpensive talent from the draft.Star midfielder Michael Bradley, like Defoe a designated player, is being kept up to date on all the moves and is involved in the decision-making.Should Toronto achieve all its goals, it will need a DP slot come July 1, since the replacement striker and attacking midfielder would bring TFCs DPs to four.Brazilian striker Gilberto is currently Torontos third and last DP. There is the hope that the league might institute some kind of hybrid fourth DP slot which would solve Torontos numbers problems. If not, something would have to give with the Brazilian in the crosshairs.While it has its eyes set on a new set of stars, Toronto appears to be taking a more holistic approach to the roster heading into the 2015 season. In the leadup to the 2014 campaign, Toronto made a loud splash with Defoe, Bradley and Gilberto but failed to address holes and lack of depth elsewhere in the squad.The 32-year-old Defoe is currently on a one-week training stint with Tottenham as he continues his rehab from a groin injury.Defoe started 2014 with a bang and proved, that when healthy, he can score in MLS — with 11 goals in 19 appearances. But injuries forced him to the sidelines the second half of the season and the club finished out of the playoffs for the eighth straight year with an 11-15-8 record.While more than a few Premier League managers have publicly mulled over Defoe and Torontos price tag, the MLS club has insisted that it will only move him for a fair price.Nevertheless, an English newspaper has reported that Toronto has reduced the price tag on Defoe. The tabloid Daily Mirror says Toronto has slashed its asking price from six million pounds (C$10.8 million) to three million ($5.4 million).That goes against GM Tim Bezbatchenkos recent declaration that good strikers are hard to find and come with a market price in the January transfer window.January is traditionally a sellers market. Reliable, experienced strikers are hard to find and, while expensive, their price tag pales in comparison to the money a team can lose by falling out of the Premier League.Follow @NeilMDavidson on Twitter Site De Chaussure Pas Cher France . Having won the first leg 1-0 in Barcelona, Madrid entered the match at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium already in control and quickly sealed its place in the semifinals when Jese Rodriguez scored in the seventh minute. Grossiste Chaussure Pas Cher .ca looks back at the stories and moments that made the year memorable. http://www.chaussuresfrancepascher.fr/ . Thats the feeling that eight Canadian Football League teams are experiencing right now in advance of the expansion draft to stock the Ottawa Redblacks.SACRAMENTO - Some say that living well is the best revenge. At least four players on the Raptors roster subscribe to that philosophy. When Torontos Patrick Patterson, John Salmons, Greivis Vasquez and Chuck Hayes return to Sacramentos Sleep Train Arena Wednesday, theyll be feeling a lot better about themselves than when they were last in the building, when they called it home. Its been nearly two full months since that fateful night in Los Angeles when a seven-player trade shook the foundation of the Raptors franchise. As reports began to circulate hours before tip-off, the timing of the deal caught everyone off guard. In exchange for the bloated contract and modest production of Rudy Gay - along with Quincy Acy and Aaron Gray - Toronto took back four veteran wild cards. Each of the four had experienced some level of individual success in the league. Vasquez and Patterson - the youngest of the four - were both coming off career seasons, one in New Orleans, the other in Houston. Hayes - a nine-year vet - had been a starter with the Rockets and Salmons, now in his 12th season, was a key contributor to playoff teams in Chicago and Milwaukee. At 34 and 30 respectfully, Salmons and Hayes immediately became the elder statesmen on a young Raptors squad. Each of them had started in at least one of Sacramentos first 18 games. They were rotation players for a team that was 5-13 at the time of the trade. "Coming from here in Sacramento, things werent that great," Salmons said, candidly reflecting back on the trade after wrapping up practice in the Kings gym Tuesday. "So when we got the opportunity to come here we just wanted to take advantage of it. Losings not fun and this team had a chance to make a run at the playoffs." Without Gay, who was shooting 39 per cent and hoisting just under 19 shots per game, most anticipated there would be at least some addition by subtraction but no one - even internally - knew what to expect from the incoming Kings players. Likewise, they didnt know what to expect from a Raptors team that had a 6-12 record prior to that game in LA on Dec. 8. "I mean you hear stuff about other teams, but the only thing you really know is their record," Salmons added. "You know their record, you know their roster but you dont know the whole story. So coming in all we saw was the record, we didnt know that the locker room was full of good guys." Toronto has gone 19-10 since the trade was made official, 19-9 since the acquired players made their Raptor debuts, good for the third-best record in the Eastern Conference over that stretch. Not only did the trade improve the Raptors bench, it made their bench. On most nights, Dwane Casey has settled into a strict nine-man rotation, using the four ex-Kings as his primary reserves. Torontos bench combined for 35 points on 52 per cent shooting in Mondays win over the Jazz. They have scored 30 or more in three of the last five contests and are averaging 26.6 points since the trade. Casey has entrusted them to be on the floor in key situations. Quite frankly, theyve earned it. "I feeel like we got four veteran, solid players that really helped us in a lot of different ways and gave us some toughness off the bench," the Raptors coach said. Grossiste Chaussure France. . "Right now, obviously [Toronto is] playing at a very high level," said Kings coach Mike Malone. "I think all four of our guys are helping them at different points." The newcomers have each put their stamp on the teams run. Often the first player off the bench, Patterson is logging fewer minutes than he was in Sacramento, yet averaging three more points per game, contributing nearly 10 as a Raptor. Hayes has carved out a niche as a reliable, savvy and hardworking stopper and rebounder. Salmons, a two-way player, has become Torontos third ball handler. Of the four, Vasquez is the only one who has seen his scoring average dip since coming to the Raptors. Still, hes not complaining. "Im in a different situation right now and Im pretty happy," said Vasquez, who has stepped in as a reliable backup to Kyle Lowry, something the team was desperately searching for early in the season. "I think winning really makes everything so much better. Id rather be in a winning program right now than going through a tough time [in Sacramento]." You would have to be naive to think that Wednesdays return to Sacramento is just another game for those four. The Kings are 11-19 since sending them to Toronto and the statement theyre hoping to make has more to do with their collective success than individual performances. "You always look forward to playing the team that traded you," said Vasquez, averaging seven points and four assists with the Raptors. "More than that its about winning. At the end of the day, whether I play well, whether I dont play well, I just want to go back to Sacramento with a win." Vasquez was only with the Kings for a couple months to begin the season. For Salmons, his connection with the Sacramento franchise goes back seven years. In 2006, the Philadelphia-native pulled out of a deal with the Raptors to sign in Sacramento. After being moved to the Bulls, then to the Bucks, Salmons eventually found his way back to the Kings but became expendable when new ownership decided to take the team in a different direction. The trade to Toronto was Salmons fifth since being drafted out of Miami in 2002 but he took this one more personally than the others. He felt slighted by an organization that he had spent most of his career playing for. "When I got traded I had mixed feelings, strong mixed feelings," he admitted. "Im not going to say I was totally mad at the [Kings] organization it was just, I dont know, it was just a little tougher this time." Now, as he and his teammates get set to make their much-anticipated return, that animosity is water under the bridge, more or less. Salmons, like the other three, is sincerely happy to be a Raptor. Winning is the best medicine. "Guys enjoy winning," said Salmons. "Theres the old saying, winning cures everything so the more we win the more people want to sacrifice to continue winning." ' ' '

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