Raptors 91, Spurs 104 – Box

It looked for a while like this could be a repeat of the Dallas game where the short-handed Raptors go to one of the big boys’ house and pull off an improbably win. Taking the 0-10 start out of the equation means the Raptors dominated the first half before crumbling in the third quarter where they handed the momentum back to the Spurs. Trailing by six going into the fourth quarter isn’t necessarily an insurmountable position, except that unlike the first half, there wasn’t anybody quite going for the Raptors. As it has been lately, the effort from everyone save one player made you a little proud to be a fan.

The Spurs’ 10-0 was marked by an air of impudence that resulted in the lowering of their guard. Jay Triano’s quick timeout was in response to the casualness by which the Raptors were passing the ball into the post, and their general underestimation of DeJuan Blair, an active power forward liable to give you fits if you’re not up for it. Blair’s defense and affection for getting to the rim wasn’t met with an answer as the Raptors were caught on their heels in the early stages. Following the timeout the Raptors’ defense kicked into top gear by pressuring all the Spurs not named Tony Parker and forcing them into perimeter shots they struggled to make. After starting the game 4-5, the Spurs ended the quarter 3-18. On the offensive end DeMar DeRoan was as persistent as he was aggressive, he took the slashing game right back at Manu Ginobili and played a good defensive game to boot (4 steals).

Jose Calderon seems to supply a timely basket when the team needs it the most. He was the man who started the Raptors comeback in the first quarter and got great help by Sundiata Gaines, only too eager to go at rookie Gary Neal. The guards did a good job of making the Spurs’ tandem of Parker and Ginobili pay for their forays to the rim by taking advantage of the imbalance on the court and running the break, DeMar DeRozan supplying the majority of the pressure. Jerryd Bayless returned from his two game absence and looked rusty to start with two turnovers, he did manage to finish on a couple of his hard semi-out-of-control drives, I’m thinking he’ll be fully back by Friday.

Thanks in large part to the Spurs shooting 30% in the first, the Raptors held a one-point edge to start the second and the good times kept on rolling. The Spurs’ offensive woes continued, their first four possessions of the quarter created two turnovers and two bricks, while the Raptors were now getting production from the likes of Julian Wright. Defensively, the Spurs tried to pressure Jerryd Bayless with a full-court trap which was busted with mathematical precision by crisp passing and an emphatic finish by DeRozan. The sophomore had nine points in the quarter and served his defensive duties adequately against Ginobili. The five turnovers are a problem and mostly the result of him needing to look at the ball while he’s dribbling, meaning he can’t see who’s around him. The highlights of the quarter was a Julian wright touch-pass to Johnson (he had another beauty to Calderon in the third) and a Sundiata Gaines And1 on a baseline drive. The Spurs ventured inside with success but for the most part the Raptors’ plan of testing their jumpers was paying off.

The halftime scoreline was 53-42 Raptors and this was with Andrea Bargnani, despite having 10 points, being a no-show at both ends. On paper he should be exploiting DeJuan Blair and using his height to an advantage on the glass, instead his shot chart looks like a face with severe acne, and it’s Blair who finished going 11-16 FG with 11 rebounds. Bargnani was 4-18 at one point in this game before making his last two shots when the game was pretty much out of reach. I can look past the offensive nightmare, shit happens, even twice in a row. The unforgivable part is his defense, specifically to start the third quarter. He blew every rotation and let Blair get 6 points on him while appearing to walk around in a meth-induced daze. To top it off, he didn’t go inside and took three jumpers which he missed. That was the momentum shift the Raptors had to avoid for at least a quarter to have a shot at a win, they gave it up right at the start of the third quarter, a frame where the Spurs shot 62.5%.

The Blair-Bargnani matchup never quite sat right with me, switching Bargnani to Duncan and Johnson to Blair always made more sense. The couple possessions Bargnani was on Duncan in the first quarter was evidence of this as well. I’d rather take my chances with Bargnani’s post-defense against an aging Duncan then test his physicality and hustle against Blair, that to me is better suited for Amir Johnson to handle. At halftime, P.J. Carlesimo was quite happy, yet managed to warn of the offensive rebounding issues the Raptors were having with McDyess and Blair. Unknowingly, the assistant coach was foreshadowing impending doom. McDyess and Blair’s dominance on the glass meant the Spurs were +11 for the game and +6 on the offensive glass, and got enough offensive rebounds to deflate the road-weary Raptors. Ed Davis had 11 rebounds, Amir Johnson had 8, and Bargnani had 7, decent numbers except it they simply needed to do more. Specifically, Blair’s 8 offensive rebounds hurt.

The Raptors’ defensive stand took a hit too, I though Sundiata Gaines had played a tremendous second quarter on both ends, yet he didn’t see the floor for the entire third period resulting in a defensive drop. A point-guard inspired 12-0 had the Spurs up six late in the third, and at this point the Raptors were swimming upstream. Jay Triano reinserted Andrea Bargnani, perhaps hoping that the view from the bench might have cleared up his mind, but it wasn’t to be as he followed it up with three more jumpers going a tidy 0-6 in the quarter.

The fourth started nicely enough with a Gaines steal and layup, but two more missed Bargnani jumpers, Neal cashing in on two jumpers he was due for, and an ill-advised three-shot foul by Gaines on Ginobili later, the lead was 10. Still nothing impossible if only the offense could muster up something, except it didn’t. DeRozan’s drives were met with the Spurs’ interior defensive wall, San Antonio were getting back in transition, and any attempts to get points via our bigs through pick ‘n rolls were being met with the empowered defense of McDyess, Duncan and Blair. With nobody firing on offense, the Spurs continually getting to the line courtesy of Ginobili’s slashing and Hill’s penetration, and the defense unable to supply the necessary pressure to give the offense a chance, the weight of the opponent was too much to bear for the Raptors. The Raptors did cut it to six late, but it wasn’t enough.

This loss is quite similar to the one suffered in New Orleans. There was great effort, periods of offensive brilliance, good overall defense, but a whole lot of getting outplayed on the glass and in the paint. For the second straight game you have to ask questions of Andrea Bargnani’s defense, both the technical aspects and the effort. His game is in sharp contrast to what the Spurs had out on the floor in McDyess and Blair, two no-nonsense players who will physically wear down anybody on either end on a nightly basis. Andrea Bargnani’s game is different, he’s a player that relies on finesse, nothing wrong with that except when the finesse part isn’t working, he’s got very little, if anything at all to contribute. That is risky and liable to hurt the team any given night, and is the main reason behind his overall inconsistent play.

Up next is the Florida back-to-back, Orlando on Friday and Miami (lost four straight) on Saturday. Play with the same kind of effort and I’ll tune in to both.

  • Brain Colangelo

    I think of DeJuan Blair as the guy that the Raps should have targeted when BC was singing his “we’ll buy a late pick for $2-3 million” song.

    • slaw

      SA succeeds because they draft well, find cheap free agent solutions, and then they coach these guys up to be a part of their system. Look at Hill, Blair, Bonner, McDyess, Parker, Ginobli, Neal, Splitter – every one of these dudes was passed over by the rest of the league. James Anderson was even playing good before he got hurt. The Spurs got all these players for a song and they make all of them better. It’s the exact opposite of how Toronto is run.

      • pran

        if by opposite, you mean colangelo tacks together a bunch of unproven prospects and expects them to be a team and play far beyond their ability. San Antonio has an amazing core of proven players in tim, ginobli, and parker, all have been all stars at one point or another, the other players have a roll and aren’t expected to do too much, we need to focus on building a core first, before finding hidden talent.

  • d279

    Let me start off by saying,that we were playing a team with the best record in the league…how do I know that? Leo and Devlin told us 500 times !!!
    I like Bargs,warts and all.what I feel he needs is a coach with some balls,not a fuckin clipboard.
    When the big guys shot isn’t falling nail his ass to the bench,or very simply put,Jose does not pass him the ball unless he is in the paint.No paint,no ball period.
    JT is quoted as saying”he had nobody else to replace him with?” is Alabi that bad?
    Scouting….where was Blair drafted? and where was Alabi…we were told that he was steal at 50….
    I like DD’s new found agresiveness,but at times he looks like a bowling ball crashing through the pins.
    I like Davis,injury,and late start aside,he needs to find some offense,outside of putbacks,his o is limited,
    Its becoming tougher and tougher to watch these games,I understand the play and learn through your mistakes,but I am not seeing much learning.
    Im not blaming Bargs play on JT ,but YES I am,grow some balls and when he needs to sit,sit him.
    This season is all about learning and player development,we know what we have in Bargs,a seven footer that has a smooth shot &*^%%$ that sometimes drives to the basket (should do 70% of the time) cant rebound,unless he wants to,and can only play man to man defense (help defense optional).The question is why is he playing 40 minutes? If this season is truly about developing our youth.
    In closing,fire our scouting staff,and replace with the staff of Raptors Republic,and Raptors HQ.!!!

    • Balls of Steel

      I agree. Actually we had a coach that held people accountable (got the team to give up less than 100 points per game) and actually nailed his ass to the bench when AB7 was malfunctioning. His name is Sam Mitchell.

      As for Triano – no one to replace him with? A stronger Joey Dorsey would be enough to bang with Blair. Eight offensive rebounds was simply not acceptable after the team gave up 12 on one guy two nights ago. I was “blog assaulted” several threads ago about my deep disdain towards Bargs (to a point where my occupation was insulted). Let me state that my disappointment as a fan is not a personal attack towards this man. He simply, as our number one option, lazy. Plain and simple. He can’t possibly represent this team for the next four years and expect respectability from the rest of the league. If he drops 50 points the next game but gathers six “ball-landed-in-my-hands” type rebounds while allowing guards to out-hustle him in the paint, I’m still going to be critical of his game and his attitude no matter what the outcome may be.

      • Maleko

        At the end of the day if there are no consequences to his effort and play then this ‘kid’ will never grow as a player. Triano is the issue here.

      • dribbles

        +1. When your guys are getting tossed around in the paint and Dorsey is rotting away on the bench, use the guy. He’s actually had some good games when he’s been given minutes.

      • KJ-B

        + 1 … Clearly that person is not a real fan — jokes aside, (my quip @ the B.o.S iQ et al) this blog is probably one of the best things out there for true fans, sometimes though when folk disagree, they don’t realize that’s a normal part of opinion; seeking consensus via employing over the top insults is downright childish… I think the ‘kids’ need to stay away from RR; True Men give their “Respect Due”…

      • the dude

        Dejuan Blair was a steal in the draft that had derozen in it (2009), not last summer’s that included alabi (2010). Regardless, put Blair on a team without a defined role and gregg popovitch at the helm and he isn’t much more than a rich man’s joey dorsey

        • http://www.wearingfilm.com/picketfence/ Tim W.

          Uh, no he’s not. Blair was touted to be a lottery pick until questions arose about his knees. Put him on a team other than the Spurs, and he probably gets a lot better stats, but doesn’t win nearly as much. Blair is a talent, no matter where he plays.

          Comparing Blair and Alabi is pointless. Blair was much more polished coming out of college and EVERYONE knew he’d be able to play right away. The question was how long he’d be able to play. With Alabi, he was considered a steal because of his potential, not his ability to come in right away and make an impact. With Alabi, everyone knew he was raw and would take time to develop.

          Why do so many people want to judge players right away?

          • yertu damkule

            because it’s the ‘even-instant-gratification-takes-too-long’ generation.

            agree re. blair, btw. the fact he has no ACLs turned off some teams. it’s not as though the future of the spurs’ franchise was riding on that pick…when you build a solid, quality franchise, you can afford to take ‘risks.’ but hey, it’s not like he’s going to tear an ACL!

            alabi fell because teams were scared off by the hep B. he was touted as immensely raw, but with a lot of ‘potential.’ there were some who had him as a late first-rounder, so to get him at 50 was a bargain. of course, if he never develops into anything of consequence, it’s completely moot.

    • Alucart999

      Funny how the approach mentioned above (being a hardass) didn’t seem to work particularly well on Bargnani when Sam Mitchell was the coach. One wonders whether Bargnani has grown enough to take that type of punishment and use it for motivation, instead of moping around as he often did during Smitch’s reign.

    • knickz

      thats how it should be…why the fuck is a 7 footer standing behind the 3 point line

  • Milesboyer

    “He blew every rotation and let Blair get 6 points on him……….while appearing to walk around in a meth-induced daze.”

    Great line – that pretty much sums up Bargnani’s appearance on defence every game. My wife thinks he might be a bit autistic.

    • Balls of Steel

      Listen, a friend of mine has a son who suffers from autism. Although it is no laughing matter, I have to agree with your wife as far as her assessment of Barg’s often-gaping wide-open mouth and blank gaze on defence. I’m really starting to think that he has issues with reflex or response to stimuli. He likes to put the ball in the basket but doesn’t like to go after the ball if it doesn’t go in the basket.

  • rc

    can you imagine how many points andrea bargnani would score if he was guarded by andrea bargnani? he would go off for like 50 points and 15 rebounds!

    • knickz

      rofl why didnt i come up with that one

      • hound

        i was at the game last night and it was hard to watch bargs. he clearly was in a daze offensively and he really struggled in the zone. arse was right on when he said the man defense on Duncan was adequate, in fact it was pretty good. We were in the 2-3 zone for a lot of the game, especially when 3 bigs where in and it was a disaster as bargs was running from the 3 point line to under the basket and looked utterly confused. He just is the kind of guy that needs to hit his jumpers to make him go. Consequently, when they don’t go in, he needs to hit the bench. But as the 3rd quarter was winding down and we were on the wrong end of it, i totally agreed with jt putting bargs back in. We needed someone who could drop a few threes on them. We just don’t have the depth we need to park his ass on the bench longterm. And don’t start about joey dorsey. he missed the rim twice from a foot away and if you play him on the wing (johnson in the middle) of the 2-3 zone, i am not sure he would be better than bargs defending out by the money line.

    • Lucas Lopes

      Not so sure about the rebounds.. Both Bargnanis would combine for 5 boards.

  • WhatWhat

    We need to shut Bargs down if he’s playing hurt. His jumper isn’t falling and he’s really, really hurting the team when it isn’t…Or least not play him 37 freaking minutes, ffs.

  • albertan_10

    Bargs hasn’t posted up in quite a few games now. I don’t know what’s going on but he’s got to get down there and get position.

  • Chuck Taylor

    I was watching the Spurs stream (FOXSPORTS SOUTHWEST), and their play-by-play guy was ripping PJ Carlesimo for no reason. He said he can’t distinguish a coyote and PJ Carlesimo. I was like WTF!! lol But they’re all fair and respect our guys during the whole game.

    • Bendit

      Wile E Carlesimo? LOL.

      Apart from the resume record he is pretty much a clone of Popovich.

    • spurs fan

      The play-by-play guy was Sean Elliott. Sean played for PJ when he was an Asst for the Spurs. Both are known jokers (per Sean, PJ would, among other things, mess with you while sleeping on flights). Sean was saying PJ was “one of the hairiest people he had ever met” and was shocked to see “his hair-free knuckles” thus the coyote reference. These guys are friendly.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_47IOUM3SOHK4X4RXCB7NEXOFWM John N

    Spurs 35-6 and 15-2 at home, and playing the same starting line-up for all 42 games going in.

    Result 2 more FT’s, 1 more 3pt FG, 4 more FT’s, totalling 9 more points.

    A great effort by an understaffed, inexperienced, young Raptors team, with an expected result.

    A good learning experience for an outstanding effort by DeRozan on how to handle defensive pressure and double teams as the Spurs took him out of the game with their defense in the decisive 3rd Q as he was the only consistent scorer for the Raps.

  • KJ-B

    Well, I think the only thing I really learned of value going forward from last night’s game: THIS BELONGS TO DEROZAN & DAVIS… #7 Just bought himself an express ticket out of town–at this point a divorce is best for both sides of the equation.

    • Alucart999

      While I agree about #7, I think you really have to temper your enthusiasm for DeRozan and Davis, otherwise you may end up sorely disappointed in the end. Both have shown flashes of competence, but neither project to be much more than decent roleplayers on good teams. And while it’s nice to accumulate as many of those as you possibly can, they are not going to make or break our future. For that, you will have to look towards the upcoming drafts, free agency, or trades. A star is not in our midst, and pinning your hopes on the roleplayers will just lead to disappointment.

      • KJ-B

        Do you recognize that a rookie and 2nd year player were the best 2 players against the Spurs… The players that have become the best in the L usually have games in their 1st and 2nd year that tells u there gonna be stars… Your disappointment with #7 might be tempering you into a more conservative outlook for the future… Ball is Ball–when u you can play like that against the Spurs, and it’s NOT an out of the blue performance, you know that something good is happening..

        Don’t be afraid to believe, O stormy weary Raps fan..!

        • KJ-B

          Man I wish I could edit my posts on here… ((“they’re gonna be stars”… “storm weary Raps fan”))

          • hound

            i don’t get the “get rid of bargs bs”. as i was in the building last night and watched a pretty good game, i agree that i left feeling pretty good about the derozan/davis/johnson young onz stuff. they are our future. but why can’t bargs be a part of it. as mentioned above, it is our lack of depth, that is the problem. bargs is what he is, an offensive 7 footer who can create match up problems for the opposition. he is not a franchise guy and that’s why he is being paid 10 mil, not max money. explain who we would get for him. i would not trade him for a top 3 pick in the upcoming draft as all you receive is potential and risk. would you trade him for darko, oden, evan turner, beasley, mayo? or worse. the point is the draft has risks.

            • http://www.wearingfilm.com/picketfence/ Tim W.

              “why can’t bargs be a part of it”

              Well, because he’s a horrible defender who too often takes the night off. What he makes is moot. If Charlie Villenueva was making the veterans minimum, I STILL wouldn’t want him on my team because he’s a horrible defender and doesn’t play hard.

              It’s incredibly difficult to win with with any consistency, especially in the playoffs, with players who don’t play defense playing a major role. Especially big men. And I don’t see Bargnani coming off the bench, playing 15 minutes on this team. Do you?

              • hound

                not right now, but with more depth we would have the option of nailing his ass to the bench until he starts to understand that it takes effort on both ends, at all times. but yeah, i can see in the future that he could be a 18-28 minute guy depending on how his shots are falling and the matchups. But again, only if we have more depth. For instance, if he played for Okla. he would be the 20 minute guy. Comparing to Chuckie V was a low blow, the water boy on the erie bayhawks has more heart than Charlie.

  • knickz

    how do i go about creating a trade bargnani facebook page? i will write to bc and protest infront of the acc and this guy is shipped out…i cannot back this guy anymore…imagine how great andrea could be if this guy put a little effort in

  • N A Tateknickz

    brian colangelo nees to get his head out his ass and realize his son isn’t going to be the guy…the sutter gm from the calgary flames traded his own son to carolina

  • knickz

    jose at the point, demar at the sg, anthony randoplh at sf, amir at pf, ed davis at centre

    this team will be a force to reckon with

    • http://www.wearingfilm.com/picketfence/ Tim W.

      Anthony Randolph? Because the Raptors need another inconsistent player with potential who doesn’t have a high basketball IQ?

      • knickz

        hasn’t gotten a real chance more like it…batter basll iq than bargs

        • http://www.wearingfilm.com/picketfence/ Tim W.

          He was given a chance in New York, but played so poorly he blew it. And I have a better basketball IQ than Bargnani, but I’m pretty sure you don’t want me on the roster.

  • slaw

    If DD can score 28 on the Spurs, shooting over 50%, without having a 3 or a consistent jumper, while being guarded by Ginobli, then he is doing something right. What I take away from this game is that the Spurs felt like they had to double-team Demar to stop him – that is a huge compliment.

    As for Bargs, it wasn’t just that Blair got some boards. There were at least 3 times where Davis/Johnson worked hard to box out the tough SA bigs and get position for a rebound only to have Bargs’ man fly across the lane unimpeded and get the ball. There were other occassions where he was so soft on guys that he may as well have just taken the ball from them and put it in the basket himself. Like others, I can live with the poor shooting night but the consistently poor effort is maddening.

  • http://www.wearingfilm.com/picketfence/ Tim W.

    My question is, how many of you are going to backtrack when Bargnani puts up 25 ppg over 3 or 4 games as he will probably do soon?

    • Statement

      Not me.

    • knickz

      we all know he can score…i already stated that offensively he is one of the greatest bigs to ever play in the nba…basketball is more than scoring…a lot of guys in the league can score 25 a night if they got touches like bargs…i want effort which he lacks

      • knickz

        i guess your just happy that he scores and refuses to do basic things that a centre should do like rebound the damn ball…bargsnis the most heartless and gutless player i have ever seen in my life

        • http://www.wearingfilm.com/picketfence/ Tim W.

          WHo are you talking to?

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=504323292 Cito Knickz


    • Balls of Steel

      Scoring 30 points for 5 games in a row but resulting in mostly losses will not cause me to backtrack. If he pulls down 8 – 9 rebounds per game in the same stretch with a few wins in between, not only will I backtrack, I will prance around in a tutu at work until they tell me to go home because I’m embarrassing myself.

  • Statement

    Although if Bargs has a legitimately good game here or there, I wouldn’t hestitate to express that.

  • hound

    Can anybody ascertain what bargs real trade value may be?

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    ESPN is reporting Raps are close to stojakovic buyout. What a waste of an asset. He was supposed to be used to acquire another asset. Very disappointed in BC right now.

    • Bendit

      Something strange going on here. The Mavs which may probably land him are in fairly desperate need to replace the injured Butler but yet wont trade for him? BC seems to be keeping his word to PS because he could play hardball to the trade deadline and beyond by just holding on to the asset. I suppose the Mavs know this and dont feel compelled to give up anything.

      • http://www.wearingfilm.com/picketfence/ Tim W.

        No one is going to give up anything decent for a 33 jumpshooter, with the knees of a 43 year old, who probably can’t play more than 15 mpg at this point, making $13 million, no matter when the contract expires.

        The teams that want Peja don’t really care about expiring contracts and the teams that want to save money already have enough expiring deals. Peja simply isn’t that valuable.

        Who is Dallas going to trade in exchange for Peja? Remember they have to give back at least $12 million, or so. Chandler? Brendan Haywood and DeShaun Stevenson? Caron Butler, and gamble that he won’t come back before the playoffs? All for an aging jumpshooter with bad knees?

        • slaw

          The Hornets got Jarret Jack for Peja. Clearly, BC must have thought he was worth something, otherwise, why do that deal? Bayless? Really? Find that hard to believe. The Raps already had a better version of Bayless. If this ends with simply paying out Peja so he can go play for the Mavs then the whole deal was yet another pointless, busybody BC move.

          • http://www.wearingfilm.com/picketfence/ Tim W.

            The Hornets gave up a first round pick for Bayless, so clearly, they felt he was worth something. And from what I’ve seen of him so far, he DOES have talent. And Bayless has played better this season for the Raptors than Jack did. Plus, Bayless is a better defender than Jack, and has much more upside, being 5 years younger. Plus he’s got a much smaller contract than Jack.

            Getting Bayless makes much more sense for a rebuilding team than keeping Jack.

            Do you disagree the team is better off after making the move? They are younger, have more potential and less salary this summer.

            • slaw

              I’ll cop an answer: I don’t think the team is materially better off with Bayless. Look, I didn’t hate the Jack/Bayless trade and am ambivalent about the buyout but I don’t see any of it as making a material difference going forward. Also, I can infer from the Hornets deal that BC took Peja on with a view to doing something with him and it clearly didn’t work. Given that, my conclusion is that this is just more of BC running really fast to stay in the same place.

              Now, if you really like Bayless, then I get that this all makes more sense but I just don’t see him as being a long-term answer at the point or as a lead guard off the bench.

              • http://www.wearingfilm.com/picketfence/ Tim W.

                Neither deal will make a major impact on the team in the future, but not every deal has to be about having a major impact. In fact most deals don’t. The first trade did three things. It freed up the starting point guard position for Calderon, who has clearly excelled in it. It lessened the Raptors’ salary obligations after this season, which is always good for a rebuilding team. And it gave then a 22 year old guard with the potential to be a decent player in the league. I don’t think Bayless is ever going to be a starter, but I think he’s got a good chance at being better than Jack. And keep in mind, I like Jack and thought signing him was a good move. Jack is 27, though, not a good defender, and is not getting better. He is who he is. Rebuilding teams like the Raptors need to acquire assets that increase in value. The likelihood is that Bayless will increase in value and that Jack will not. And right now, I don’t think there’s all that much difference between them.

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          The trade deadline is still a month away. Why didnt BC try and shop him aggresively and see what he can get for him? I would be less disappointed if it was after the trade deadline. Expiring contracts are very valuable for many teams. Peja was supposed to be used as an asset to acquire Iguodola for the hornets earlier in the season.

          • http://www.wearingfilm.com/picketfence/ Tim W.

            Expiring contracts are not nearly as valuable as many fans seem to think. You do realize that, at this point, more than half the league will have a total payroll of less than $50 million this summer. The salary cap this season is $58 million. Who exactly is pining for big expiring contracts?

            And while the Hornets may have wanted to acquire Iguodala for Peja, Philly obviously didn’t want to give him away for cap room. Plenty of teams offered Philly cap space for Iguodala and they didn’t agree to any of them. Maybe there’s a reason for that.

            Peja is just one of MANY large expiring deals. Andrei Kirilenko, Vince Carter, Eddy Curry, Michael Redd, Kenyon Martin, Jason Richardson, Tyson Chandler, Caron Butler, Zach Randolph, Samuel Dalembert, Tayshaun Prince, Mike Dunleavey and Troy Murphy all have contracts that expire this summer and make at least $10 million. T.J. Ford, J.R. Smith, Nazr Mohommed, Dan Gadzuric, Vladimir Radmanovic, Shane Battier, Jared Jeffries, Jeff Foster, Morris Peterson and Joel Przybilla all have expiring contracts and make more than $6 million.

            Expiring contracts used to be useful when most teams were over the cap or losing teams were over the luxury tax threshold, but that’s not the case any longer. Take a look at the payrolls around the league. Like I said, more than half the league will be paying out less than $50 million this summer.

    • smushmush

      I told you guys on here that BC is at best a used car salesman now. He can not even make a basic trade of a role player to a contender for a draft pick. Smh.

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