Raptors' realistic trade values
Trade values are set by the market, just because one team has a need for a player, they aren't going to offer significantly more than the next highest bidder for that player.
I see a lot of work with the Trade Machine hashing out complex salary transfers. I want to instead focus on our guys' values on the free market. What kind of talent can they bring back? What is the minimum you would move our guys for?
Lowry - late first round (25+)
Amir - late first rounder
Demar - mid first round + diminutive prospect
Hansborough/Novak - probably used as sweeteners to push one of the above from likely to ideal scenarios
Lowry - mid first round (13 - 18)
Amir - mid first rounder or 2 early 2nd round picks (31-40)
Demar - top 10 2014
If we take back future picks instead of ones for 2014, I think we can get those ideal situations.
To keep in mind: Lowry as a rental is attractive to teams looking to compete this year, but isn't in our long term plans so likely won't be with whichever team he is traded to either.
Also, Demar is still a big question mark to most executives. Has he really improved?
Why do people think teams will trade us draft picks?
In most of these trade threads I see people coming up with ways that draft picks will come back to us, but why do people think any GM in the league is willing to trade a pick in a year that's supposed to be on par with the 2003 and 1996 class?
Especially when you consider that there are only 2 contenders in the East and maybe 4 in the West. Why do you guys think any team would give us a draft pick to lose to those 6 in the 1st or 2nd round?
*ugh, I can't edit my spelling mistake on the title. Someone fix that for me. k, thx.