The Raptors didn’t give you a reason to party this season? No problem, the RR Draft Party beckons. We’ve had these shindigs for the last couple years and they’ve turned out to be lively affairs, so we said why not have a go again and spread the cheer. The goal here is to put the Great Gatsby to shame and give Charlie Sheen pause.

What:

The annual Raptors Republic Draft party. Last year we celebrated the birth of Ed Davis in a Raptors uniform, on June 23rd we will welcome Kemba Walker Brandon Knight Derrick Williams Nikola Vucevic to the fold.

Where:

St. Louis Bar and Grill
528 Yonge St. (Wellesley or College Subway stops, map)
Twitter

When:

June 23rd, 6:30 PM

Why:

  • Why not?
  • Watch the Raptors draft a Hall-of-Famer
  • Pitcher and food specials
  • Contests and prizes
  • Throw stuff at A-Dub for hating on Bargnani
  • Ask Tom Liston what he’s having for dinner and instead listen to a 45-minute spiel on discrete probability distribution
  • Other stuff that is fun and better than sitting at home

Now that the formalities are out of the way, let’s recap the current “news”:

No move on the coaching front. Hardly qualifies as news, but for the sake of completeness we have to say that no hire will be made until Dwane Casey gets his ass over to Toronto and gives an interview. I imagine if Dallas wins Game 6 after holding LeBron James to 2 points in the fourth quarter again, the job is his. Can you imagine Casey walking into a job interview after his defense held LeBron James to 4 points in three fourth quarters. Wow! I don’t if Lawrence Frank walks in with John Wooden’s playbook memorized backwards, he can’t top that.

Some Raptors scouts are over in Europe checking out Jan Vesely. Here’s the forum thread weighing Vesely’s merits and the consensus seems to be that he’s a raw talent with great athleticism who doesn’t quite have a NBA position and struggles to use the tools he has on defense. There’s also Chisholm’s piece on why Vesely could work out. Then there’s a discussion on Biyombo, the latest Raptors workoutee (the thread includes a great piece from ESPN Insider about him). The Raptors will not draft either of these players, and sources close to the situation confirm that the only reason Raptors scouts are in Europe is because they had Airmiles which would expire unless they used them right this very moment.

As for the draft, you know where I stand: we all need to have Kemba’s babies. But wait! What’s this? Cleveland could possibly select Derrick Williams and let Irving fall to PG-heavy Minny? Lot of talk in the Cleveland media and amongst their fans that Williams might be the one. This could potentially leave Irving acquirable via trade with Minny.

Leandro Barbosa might be thinking about playing in Brazil next year. Let’s see how I feel about this:

The linked thread discusses the merits of Barbosa leaving or staying in Toronto (saved cap space versus productivity). My personal opinion is that he’s a good player who doesn’t suit the rebuild, unless of course Colangelo is trying to expedite the process in which case Barbosa fits right in as a reserve scoring punch. The draft and the moves around it will paint a clearer picture of what the Raptors’ objectives for next year are. Once their motives surface, then it’s time to discuss the roster going forward. Until then it’s hard to make a call about a player like Barbosa who has 1) a reasonable salary, 2) decent trade value when not injured, 3) a well defined role on the Raptors, 4) a playmate for a girlfriend. I honestly don’t mind him picking up his $7M option in the least, but if he does and isn’t moved by the deadline during another 20-win season, I’ll find it hard to accept that the Raptors weren’t better off trading him for something.

Let’s check the Twitterverse:

Ed Davis tweets:

eddavis32 At my cuz little league game big trippin

Julian Wright says:

Mannnn! I need a haircut super badly!!.. Who know somebody that know somebody that can come to me to cut my hair?? Lol (out here in L.A.)

Reggie Evans agrees with @thisisveezy247:

[R] [E] [A] [L] Realizing Everyone Ain’t Loyal.

There you have it folks, fascinating stuff as always from Twitter.

If you ever want to hit me up, the email is [email protected] Enjoy the weekend.

  • points

    this means BC is going to try and get kyrie, frig with the program stay on course and draft yes! you know who he is

    • Nilanka15

      i like kemba, but i would prefer kyrie….even if he is a fatass

  • Theswirsky

    I think alot of this is just talk… whether politics by GMs or journalists trying to get a jump on stories so they can say “see I said it first”, when the reality is its not an accurate story.

    It always happens as we get closer to draft day… so and so may want player X or doesn’t like something about player Y.  But then draft day happens and most of the lottery picks go as expected (especially near the top)

    Is it impossible that Cleveland doesn’t take Irving.. sure.  But I give it about a 5% chance at best. 

    1.Irving
    2.Williams
    3.Knight
    4.Kanter
    5-60. The rest

    • Theswirsky

      edit: is it possible

  • Balls of Steel

    Williams taken as the number 1 pick is plain rubbish (considering he’s a tweener). This is all smoke and mirrors I say. As for Lebron, karma is a bitch.

    • The Rub

      Karma is a bitch? What karma is that? The bad juju that caused him to make it to the finals in his first year of putting together his dream team?  The karma that helped them succeed even when all their other free-agent pickups either turned to shit or got injured?  Or do you mean the karma where he ran into a team that’s 9 players deep, with one of the top coaches in the league, who’s smart enough to realize to tell his players to double-team him as soon as he touches the ball?

      Man, karma is a bitch.

      • Balls of Steel

        Umm, I think, he’s the one that said it in his Twitter account to the Cleveland organization and its fans (or in the least, has claimed that someone “sent” it to him as a re-Tweet material). I love it when people just jump the gun without thinking. You gotta read more sports journalism these days.

        http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/truehoop/miamiheat/news/story?id=6016717

    • 3fromthekey

      But it’s a whole different sort of advantage to have a player as physically dominating as Derrick Williams. He sets the tone for everyone else. Nobody in the country can guard him, and watching him do whatever he wants to whoever tries, it injects the whole team with confidence. SB Nation

    • 3fromthekey

      As Coach K said afterward, “…With Williams, he gives you confidence. You always know that you have that guy on the court. Even when he’s not scoring… There is a physicality to this game. It gives them that presence all the time, and if they start hittin’ … then, boom, it goes to another level, which it did in the second half.”

      • points

        raps don’t need DWill with his confidence…we want CARDIAC KEMBA with his HEART and LEADERSHIP.

        • 3fromthekey

          points…right? dw is light years ahead of kemba in heart and leadership….and he is the best player in the draft. stick to hockey!

  • Bigbalboski79

     Williams may turn out to be that lebron/jordan-player of a generation type because he is power fwd size, but guard althetic with range out to the three land.  however, as derek rose has proven again in chicago, great teams are built around star point guards. 

    and it really comes down to this for cleveland: 

    1) williams and kanter or walker.  because utah takes knight.  however the likliest and better scenario for cleveland…

    2) irving and kanter.

    irving, williams and knight go top 3.  it really comes down to that 4th pick for cleveland.  and taking williams at the 1 spot cleveland misses out on one the top two pgs.  and because the size issue seems to make alot of teams scared of kemba.  i see enes kanter (who cleveland loved in the workouts) seems a better 4th pick than kemba or anyone else.  walker may prove to be a solid nba pg.  but kanter has perenial all star potential.

    as for our raps?  i see kemba as the next best guy at the 5 spot.  in spite of all the talk of minny trading the #2 pick, i highly doubt they move it.  williams potential means you trade michael beasley, who is a big scoring one dimensional defence-free player.  if the raps make a deal, its a calderone for beasley trade.

    its seems obvious to me that these euro forwards that espn’s chad ford loves to suggest the raps will pick (ie vesley, valanciunus) have had their stock hurt. nobody wants these bargani-esques types now.  when you look at marcus morris, tristan thompson, or kawhi leonard cruising up the boards, it seems that teams are retreating back to perceived “safer” picks in the classic uber athletic style of player.

    can anybody seriously think colangelo will take vesey wit the 5th pick?  seriously?  its gotta be walker or leonard if knight is gone.  utah isnt taking kanter.  they have 3 power forwards in jefferson, milsap and derrick favors.  knight is their guy.

    we have to hope that colangelo can deal a player, bargs? calderon? well, anyone, for an extra pick somewhere in the top 15 picks.

    btw, i loved the dont-give-a-fuck-o-meter.  only, i do.  getting 7 mil in cap space could be huge.  7 mil gets u a really solid nba player. 

    • Dan

      I agree with almost everything that you said except that Utah will NOT get Kanter since they have 3 PF in Jefferson, Favours and Millsap.

      I actually think the Utah will pick Kanter up for Center Position. OKour ( also from Turkey) is in his last year and he will be great to mentor Kanter and bring him along.

      Then they have a chance to pair Kanter up with Favours for their future and be sort of set on their bigs for future.

      They can simply trade Jefferson or Millsap if they want. I was listening to Utah’s GM who said that they will pick the BEST player that is available and will NOT draft for position.

      • Bendit

        But, but, but….the bpa can be whatever a GM wants it to be in his humble opinion (after the fact). He said nothing that other gms dont say and is virtually meaningless in the context of what his true wishes are. That was a sound bite…nothing else.

  • 3fromthekey

    As Coach K said afterward, “…With Williams, he gives you confidence. You always know that you have that guy on the court. Even when he’s not scoring… There is a physicality to this game. It gives them that presence all the time, and if they start hittin’ … then, boom, it goes to another level, which it did in the second half.

  • 3fromthekey

    But it’s a whole different sort of advantage to have a player as physically dominating as Derrick Williams. He sets the tone for everyone else. Nobody in the country can guard him, and watching him do whatever he wants to whoever tries, it injects the whole team with confidence. SB Nation

  • Rapsfan 77

    Man I hate the fact raptors always have to get a big worthless 7 footer that take years to develop by time they find out how to rebound or block a shot the raps probaly went through five head coaches