Off season makeover: Good Bye DeRozan, GoodBye Andrea, GoodBye Casey, Good Bye Kleiza
**Assumption Toronto sends 2013 pick to OKC**
Amnesty Kleiza. Why? More wiggle room with possible trades and sign and trades as it gets them $4.6M away from the $74M threshold (which is likely to rise as well as cap and luxury tax level).
Fire Casey. Why? Serious regression on D. Brutal (is)O. Doesn't like young players.
Derozan, 2014 2nd rd pick for Ridnour/Barea, Williiams, 1st rd pick (Smart or Burke).
Bargnani for Boozer, 1st rd pick (Giannis Adetokunbo - Euro Stash)
Mini-MLE. Dorrell Wright. Good 3pt shooter, rebounder, and defender.
Veteran minimum. Re-sign Alan Anderson..... BUT only if Casey is not returning.
PG: Lowry, Ridnour/Barea, Burke/Smart
SG: Fields, Ross, Anderson
SF: Gay, Williams, Wright
PF: Boozer, Acy
C: JV, Johnson, Gray
I like the balance in this roster:
Positional - 3 pgs. 5 wings. 5 bigs. 1 tweener 3/4 in Williams.
Experience/youth - Lowry/Barea can handle guard allowing Burke/Smart to adjust to NBA if needed. If Burke/Smart much better than expected, Lowry is a trade chip.... Or put Lowry as backup moving forward.
Now/future - Balanced roster to compete now and in the future. Williams may put it together and become a full time PF when Boozer departs/traded or he might be a tweener off the bench allowing for matchup nightmares. Adetokunbo is under contract for 4 seasons in Spain with a cheap buyout to go to the NBA. Williams, Ross, JV, and Acy are young and only (hopefully) going to get better while able to contribute now. *Williams actually nearly 4 months younger than Ross*
Clean slate past 2015: New additions of Barea, Williams, and Boozer all off the books for 2015. Only players on a contract beyond 2014-2015 would be Ross, JV, Acy, and Burke/Smart.
This type of roster allows Raps to be competitive for 2 more seasons allowing current youth to transition to veterans on team in a competitive environment.
If something like the above happened, I'd be extremely happy.... so it is not likely to happen!