I remember I got in a debate with Tim W. in defense of Beasley ... I'd now apologize to Tim for that; and I'd never be so silly as to defend him now, nor would I encourage the club to go after him ... But I'd do this deal. Given Bargnani's leash, I could see Beasley blossoming. Or not.
I just hope for a draft pick... We need some ammunition for the tank in the 2014 Wiggins hunt
Actually, I'd make that pick a 2014 pick. If it was a 2013 pick, I don't think I'd bother.
Suns already have a 7 footer who plays bad defense, shoots almost exclusively from the outside, and doesn't rebound: Channing Frye. They've got the good sense to keep him on the bench, though. Can't see them trading for Bargs.
Bargnani could use a heart transplant.
There is still hope my friends...
Nothing would make me more disappointed than to see Lowry shipped out as part of a Bargnani trade. Luckily, it appears, the Lowry references are nothing more than innuendo and assumptions on Stein's part. The source says nothing about Lowry, only Bargnani is a lock to be moved.Quote:
The key to Toronto's recent five-game winning streak?
There are a couple beyond the fact that the Raptors finally hit a favorable stretch of schedule.
1. Andrea Bargnani's injury and subsequent forced removal from the lineup improved the Raptors' struggling D.
2. It's pretty evident that Toronto's players, for all of the big numbers Kyle Lowry put up in November, are happier when Jose Calderon is at the controls.
Which raises the question: Will Toronto change course now and try to pair Lowry in future trade packages with Bargnani instead of Calderon?
It has been widely assumed for months that the Raptors would try to package Calderon's expiring deal with Barngani's in hopes of landing a top-flight player in return. But the Raps have actually functioned better so far this season when Lowry -- who brings an undeniable "swagger," as coach Dwane Casey likes to say, but is also undeniably up and down with his moods -- has been out of the lineup nursing a variety of injuries.
One source close to the situation said Friday that Bargnani remains "a lock to be moved." That naturally depends on finding a taker for the underachieving Italian forward, but Lowry's contract shouldn't be too hard to attach to a trade, valued at $5.8 million this season and with only $1 million guaranteed of the $6.2 million he's owed next season.
And as Lowry showed Friday night, he's quite capable of doing damage when healthy.
If the Maloofs are hesitating to trade Cousins and seeing that MWP is still a laker, Lowry's behaviour should be a non-issue for the Raps. I dont think he's as bad as these guys, and he's definitely worth the "gamble".
I hope BC is able to get a trading partner before Bargnani is 100% recovered, otherwise, it would just be awkward.
I really hope Bargnani watching the recent clicking and chemistry building will light him up some and return him to being "Il Mago" and not Mr Pasta. 7 years in the league he isn't too old to expand his game a bit (post play, rebounding)
Don't let a few good wins deter you from the task still at hand.
Mission is not accomplished.
There is a very real reason for the drastic turnaround since December 10.
My point is that Bargnani will always be a weak rebounder, and will prefer to spot up for a 3 than man the post.
I'm hoping that Bargnani is slowly integrated into the team like Lowry and Fields are now. It would be great to see Bargnani earn his starter minutes. We'll have to wait and see.