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This week on The Doctor is In with Phdsteve, we place our draft coverage on hold for a week with an updated big board 2.0 coming next Friday.

Joined by my brother Mike (who knows college basketball), Greg Mason (the brain from the south), and Blair Miller from The Fifth Quarter Blog we branch out to explore the marketplace and play a game that really can help divert you away from hours of real work!  Its called 6 Degrees of Separation: How to get to 50 wins and while Sam Holako builds Raptors Republic an iPhone app to play this game, here are the simple rules (listeners and readers are encouraged to post their ideas on How to get to 50 wins in the comments section below)

6 Degrees of Separation: How to get to 50 wins

Assuming the Raptors brass grant Ujiri the chance to spend the same amount of money in 2014 as he did in 2013 (when the Raptors were a tax team) you have 70 million dollars to build a 2014 roster that wins 50 games in the East.  And because continuity and chemistry are important to team success, you only get to make a MAXIMUM of 6 moves/ changes to the existing roster.

But there are some caveats:

  1. For arguments sake, we will all use storytellerscontracts.com as official for $ and years.
  2. You can go over the salary cap but only within league rules (ie/ using Bird rights)  see Larry Coon for any cap related issues
  3. You can sign FAs or RFAs within the CBA form this ESPN list BUT you must pay fair market value + a premium for being a Canadian team
  4. You have your first round pick #20 that comes with a cap hit of approximately $1.2 million that you must wither use or deal (You also have 2 second round draft picks that you may use but don’t have to because they are non-guaranteed contracts)
  5. You can trade players but all trades must be verified by the espn.com trade machine  and must also be verified by logic (for example, just because Okafor for Kevin Love works in the trade machine does make it a legitimate trade)
  6. You have to fill all 13 roster spaces
  7. You start with 39 million already committed to the books (that includes 646, 000 cap hit for the Camby buy out)
  8. If you are applying multiples of the same roster transaction it counts as one move:
  • move 1:  Make qualifying offer to Vasquez (3.2 mil) but rescind qualifying offers for Patterson and De Colo and pick up the team option for Amir Johnson (7mil) but cut Stone and Buycks.
  • move 2: With the #20 pick draft Glen Robinson III (1.2 mil) and then draft and sign Patric Young and Melvin Ejim in the second round (800,000 ea)

Don’t forget to visit Blair’s site The Fifth Quarter Blog and his new weekly podcasts. Follow him on Twitter @TFQuarter

You can follow Greg on Twitter @votaryofhoops and my brother Mike @michaelgennaro and check out their work on the NBA drafts top prospects with at ESPN True Hoop Affiliate Bucksketball.com

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