Rapcast #135: Raptors HQ’s Adam Francis Helps Dissect Deadline Day, Rudy Gay, Colangelo’s Plan

Trying to explain the unexplained – what does the lack of activity at the deadline mean for the Raptors this season, Colangelo, and the future.

The trade deadline has passed and to help break down the Raptors activity (of lack of), we have Adam Francis, publisher of Raptors HQ (@raptorshq) on the Rapcast. Adam provides his take on a vast array of topics all close to heart and mind, as we try to make sense of the proceedings in Raptorland.

It’s a pretty good podcast if I say so myself. Topics include:

  • Colangelo’s inability to trade Bargnani – surprising that nobody bit?
  • The wisdom of not trading Bargnani right now – his trade value is zero and can only get better (right?)
  • Inactivity of the Raptors and the activity of Boston and Milwaukee – is the aim still the playoffs or is that a running joke?
  • Sebastian Telfair – do we care about giving up a second-rounder? Was the insurance at the PG needed?
  • Reminiscing about second-rounders, hey, it’s fun!
  • Thoughts on Rudy Gay’s performance against Memphis
  • Rudy Gay trade in context of the greater direction of the franchise – cap implications, amnesty clauses and more
  • The players that MUST improve for anything to work, especially now that we’re restricted in terms of moves due to salary
  • Redundancy at the wings – DeRozan, Gay, Ross, Anderson. Yes, we talk about the Ross/Anderson playing time thing
  • Holding Dwane Casey to a higher standard – it’s beyond just getting the effort now, time to deliver on the clipboard
  • Prediction regarding JJ Redick and the Raptors
  • Colangelo walks into the boardroom in two weeks and pitches Rudy Gay and the current roster. What does the board say about his option/extension?
  • Judging Colangelo’s body of work.
  • Look ahead to games against New York, Washington, and Cleveland (Irving’s on fire)

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