June 8 2006: Traded center Rafael Araujo to the Utah Jazz for forwards Kris Humphries and Robert Whaley.

People love giving Rob Babcock credit for finding Jose Calderon and passing up on the Gerald Green hype to select Charlie V. For a brief period we even had people singing songs about him for unearthing Roko Ukic before the latter melted away to obscurity. All that is trumped by him passing up on Andre Iguodala and Danny Granger (twice). Funny thing about Hoffa was that he was one of those players that you just know sucks without even having watched him dribble a basketball. In that respect he’s a lot like pretty much any Jim Carey movie. Personal thank you to Bryan Colangelo for getting us something for nothing. Humphries didn’t amount to much in Toronto but it was still a good deal.
Grade: A
Team impact: Minimal, but positive

June 21 2006: Traded forwards Matt Bonner and Eric Williams and a 2009 second-round draft pick to the San Antonio Spurs for center Radoslav Nesterovic.

Great trade for the Raptors because Rasho was a central part of the division-winning 2006-07 team. He was a great positional defender and added a timely scoring punch while spacing out the paint. His character traits were spoken of highly by his teammates and his influence was so positive, that he was brought around for a second run through the bi-annual exception, although the second stint wasn’t nearly as memorable.
Grade: A
Team impact: Very positive

Draft 2006: Traded the draft rights to forward Edin Bavcic to the Philadelphia 76ers for cash.

Edin Bavcic now parks my car when I eat at Keg Mansion.
Grade: N/A
Team impact: None

June 30 2006: Traded forward Charlie Villanueva to the Milwaukee Bucks for TJ Ford and cash.

If Rasho was central to the division-winning team, then TJ Ford was at the epicenter of it all. He led the point-guard tandem as the Raptors dominated the position that year, too bad things fell off rather dramatically for TJ soon after. Villanueva to the day is an erratic player who is about as reliable as Chinese pacemaker.
Grade: B+
Team impact: Very Positive

February 22 2007: Traded guard Fred Jones to the Portland Trail Blazer for guard Juan Dixon.

Half-decent player for crap really. Dixon was the better player, the only good thing Jones did was win the dunk contest, and that was before he came to the Raptors.
Grade: B
Team impact: Minimal, but positive

June 15 2007: Traded two future second-round picks to the Detroit Pistons for forward Carlos Delfino.

Drafting second-rounders is a lot of work, you have to do research, scout, and all that other mumbo-jumbo which Colangelo sucks at (Jawai, Tucker etc.), so he played to his strength of trading away picks, this time it worked and he nabbed Delfino. A good defender and a serviceable point-forward with a streaky scoring punch, all in all not a bad player. He played one season in Toronto and was a mediocre player on a poorly constructed team.
Grade: B
Team impact: Positive.

June 28 2007: Traded a 2008 second-round pick to the San Antonio Spurs for the draft rights to forward Giorgos Printezis.

After bumbling his way in the European leagues for too long, any irrationally high hopes Raptors fans were had for Printezis faded away. He was much, much later traded for Alexis Ajinca.
Grade: N/A
Team impact: None

February 21 2008: Traded guard Juan Dixon to the Detroit Pistons for center Primoz Brezec.

Where Dixon was a serviceable backup who could handle the ball and nail an occasional shot, Primoz’s game resembled a blindfolded guy trying to play musical chairs without any chairs around.
Grade: C
Team impact: Minimal, but negative.

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  • Theswirsky

    So many of these trades were simply irrelevant. (but nice work reminding us on some of them).

    Fred Jones, Juan Dixon, Primo were all useless… should have been N/As across the board.

    Tj Ford deal…. I thought this was Colangelo’s best trade as GM.  The deal was excellent… a near waste of space Charlie V. for a (at that time) good starting PG…  Now TJ downfall can be directly related to his injury (unfortunately), had that not happened the Raps would have still been running with the best PG tandem in the league for a couple more years. (and to me the two headed monster Forderon/Calderford was easily the best player on the team)

    • Tbihis

      I dont think the trades were useless, they just didnt work out. Jones and Dixon were serviceable backups, the problem was, the players they were backing up were either not bonafide starters nor were they superstars or mostly injured, so most of the time, instead of being backups, they were being given more minutes than they should get. Every team needs role players like Jones and Dixon, its just that the Raps, at that time, needed to get legit starters first before getting good subs. Primo was a wash. That i agree with.

      IMO, it wasnt just TJ, it was the management and coaching. A starter gets injured and when he comes back he suddenly has to split time with a backup. People might say he should have been more professional and shared minutes up until he’s back to his old self, but i think at that time TJ probably thought he didnt have time to waste, he was already at the twilight of his career and needed the starter role to further his career.

      • Theswirsky

        Disagree on Jones and Dixon… there’s a reason when they went to other teams they didn’t play… its because they shouldn’t have.  Jones was a waste of space (all ‘potential’ no practicallity) and Dixon was a 5’10 sg… they were meaningless.

        And I agree in part with TJ.  It is a tough way to lose your job (and he did play great when he was given his starting job back… well until the playoffs came around that is)… at the same time, when the other guy (Jose) willingly gives up his starting job so you stop whining and actually help the team, there is a problem.  I also don’t believe TJ was in the twighlight of his career… but rather created his situation through his attitude change in both Toronto and Indiana. (again if the injury doesn’t happen, none of the above happens though)

  • Tinman

    Give BC a B+ for part 1.

    • Theswirsky

      probably a fair grade… too bad it gets alot more rocky from here….

  • Feas

    We got our own second rounder back from Dallas in the Ajinca trade as well, which BC has seemed to place more importance on than Ajinca himself. 

  • Burger

    Humphries, Bonner, Nesterovic, Dixon, Jones, Brezec…

    Those were the glory days…

  • TH

    Only real “positive” trade was the Humphries trade. When you get something for nothing, it’s always good. (And Humphries legitimately can rebound. Araujo can legitimately do steroids)

    Didn’t the rasho have a longer contract? Don’t see how this is a good trade. Rasho was an ok role player, but we were rebuilding.