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Salmons nixes sign-and-trade deal with Raptors

TORONTO -- John Salmons backed out of a sign-and-trade deal
that would have sent the swingman from the Philadelphia 76ers to
the Toronto Raptors, the Toronto Star reported Saturday.

"Upon reviewing the basketball situation in Toronto, John
decided it's not the best fit for him," Salmons' agent, Joel Bell,
said a statement released Friday. "In a very stressful and tough
decision, he decided he could not accept the opportunity to play
for the Raptors, even though he was excited about the prospect of
being in Toronto."

Raptors officials, who thought they had agreed with Salmons on a
$23 million, five-year deal as part of a sign-and-trade transaction
for a 2007 second-round draft pick, were surprised when he pulled
out.

"I'm sorry it didn't work out, I wish him the best," Toronto
president and general manager Bryan Colangelo said.

The 6-foot-6 swingman has few options. After he turned down an
offer from the Phoenix Suns to supposedly sign with Toronto, a
qualifying offer given him by the Sixers was rescinded Thursday. He
now has no guaranteed deal anywhere for next season.