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For now, Parker remains a Raptor

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The Raptors were in play for several different scenarios but it looks like the NBA trading deadline will pass on Thursday without Anthony Parker leaving Toronto. The Globe and Mail writes about the Naperville Central graduate:

Among the Raptors the player most sought after was shooting guard Anthony Parker, who is in the last year of a contract paying him $4.5-million this season. That combined with his versatility, defensive steadiness and three-point shooting made him attractive to several playoff-bound teams, according to league sources.

The Raptors, however, are interested in signing Parker to a new deal this summer if terms can be reached, and weren't willing to part with him for a player under a longer-term contract unless the returning player was an upgrade.

"I've said from the beginning that I would like to stay in Toronto," Parker told the Sun last month at the United Center. "You never know (what) can happen and certainly it's a business on both ends."

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