Trading For Gay No Longer Worth It | RaptorBlog

Here’s what Rudy Gay is right now, and what he’ll probably be for the majority of his prime years (he’s 26): A borderline All Star from year to year who can be depended on for 17-18 points and 5-6 rebounds per 36 minutes while playing inconsistent defence. In summary, Rudy Gay is an above average NBA player who is a Tier 2 star on his best days and a frustrating potential head case on his worst days.

RaptorBlog Radio: Happy New Year | RaptorBlog

On the first 2013 episode of RaptorBlog Radio, Drew, Oliver and I got together to discuss what went right for the Raptors in their recent run, what’s gone wrong in the last two games, what lineup changes need to be made, whether the Raptors have realistically gotten themselves back into playoff contention, and as always, we wrap up by looking at the week ahead.

ARMSTRONG: FIVE THOUGHTS ON ANDERSON, COUSINS, AND MORE | TSN

Gotta tell you, he’s a better player than I thought. I liked him when he got here last season…

CHISHOLM: ANSWERING YOUR TWITTER QUESTIONS: VERSION 7.0 | TSN

If Toronto wants a Rudy Gay-type, then they’ll have to make Ross and/or Davis available whether they want to or not. The fact is that Toronto’s high-salary options aren’t highly-coveted pieces, at least when it comes to making a trade for guys like Gay or Pau Gasol, so Toronto will have to sweeten the pot to acquire such an asset.

The Alan Anderson Project | Jurassic Dunk

While it’s true that Toronto’s hellish start wasn’t entirely due to AA’s injury – just like it wasn’t all Bargnani’s fault – Toronto’s downright good play hasn’t coincided with Anderson’s return completely by accident. While it may be difficult for non-Raptors fans to look at AA’s statistics and not blanch, he really has been a useful wing player.

The Raptors are not who you think they are | The Good Point

When looking at team stats, we see Lowry has a higher Usage Percentage than Calderon and a higher Win Share per 48 minutes. So not only is he used more often in team plays, but he’s more valuable on a per-minute basis. His PER and Simple Rating are higher, too. By nearly any measure, Lowry is just as valuable as Calderon. He’s actually a little better.

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  • Jamshid

    Chisholm is correct. I have been saying this for a while here. For Raptors, to get either Gasol or Gay, they need to part with Ross and/or Davis. AB and Calderon by themselves just don’t have enough value.

  • FAQ

    Trading Bargs for dubious assets is tantamount to blowing it up in mid-season.  Just think how shitty the incoming player(s) must feel coming to Toronto with no hope other than collecting a juicy paycheque to the end of their NBA careers.

    BC should not trade Bargs just for the sake of trading Bargs to satisfy Casey and disgruntled tribal honkers.  If Bargs is traded and the outcome is disastrous BC and Casey should be sacked.  Here’s hoping for the best.

  • Sinatras

    I think most (even frustrated fans) would prefer AB to be (when he returns) brought into the rotation from the bench. He should be treated like any other member of the team (i.e.. no kid gloves—re Smitch) Demands should be put on AB to play team ball.ie: sharing the ball—hustle—rebounding!!! Hopefully he can improve his value and become a valued player for the team. At that point AB should be  reevaluated and a decision made as to wether he is more valuable as a Raptor or packaged in a trade. ANY THOUGHTS???

    • Gregast

      If James Harden can come off the bench then anyone in this league can come off the bench. If Harden was still in OKC, then he’d still be the sixth man. In my opinion, that is the place for your most valued asset.

    • Nilanka15

      IMO, we are well past the point of needing to “hope” or “evaluate” Bargnani.  We know exactly what he is/isn’t, and hoping for something else is setting yourself up for disappointment.

      A PF/C coming off the bench still needs to rebound, rotate, and communicate on defense….things that Bargnani has NEVER done in his career. 

      Bench or starter is irrelevant.  As long as he’s playing heavy minutes, he’ll do more harm than good in a defense-first system.  Simply said, there is no place for Bargnani on the Toronto Raptors.