I agree.. I'd rather have Gay and #25. Beal/MKG are not a sure thing.. and Gay is a proven commodity. I like the idea of at least having one first rounder as well with that #25 pick.
Not sure of why trade up to #2? Who is there that you feel the need to give up Davis?
There is no slam dunk even at the #2 pick and unless you have a projected star that you are going to draft it doesn't make sense (MKG and Beal are no better than Lamb or Rivers), unless there is a big (Drummond) that you feel can be a difference maker down the road.
On a related note, I wonder what it would take to get various other 1st round picks, especially if the Raps were to trade away the #8 pick. I'm specifically thinking of Portland (#6 & #11), Golden State (#7 & #30), New Orleans (#10), Houston (#14 & #16) and Boston (#21 & #22). I hope BC has lots of backup batteries for his blackberry!
#8, future 1st round unprotected and one of the talented young guys.
The Raptors can offer some SERIOUS financial flexibility along with a top 10 draft pick. The only other team who can say the same is Sacramento.
Now that everybody knows where they are picking, step one is done. Step two is for some teams to fall in love with players they weren't really thinking about before, after watching the individual and group workouts.
I believe BC does something before July 1. I think he also gets who he wants in the draft. Maybe a draft night trade, like the Carter/Antawn trade?
The flexibility and 'assets' are great but unless he is going to use it, it is useless. I hope this was not hot air:
If this off-season is not exciting and active then I am going to lose some of that shine I have for Colangelo. I've been upfront with the reality I could be labeled his fanboy so a grain of salt is needed with me. I hope he does not let me down..... lol, just me, no one else.Quote:
Colangelo is not just any general manager though, and we’ve all seen what he can do and is willing to do over the course of one summer when he sees the chance to vastly improve his team. This off-season should be no different.
Perhaps the greatest sign comes from a letter, addressed to season seat holders by Colangelo, in which he thanks seat holders and welcomes them to follow along for “what should be an exciting and active offseason.”
An average off-season to Bryan Colangelo is an active off-season to the average general manager. An “exciting and active” off-season to Colangelo, when you look at some of the off-seasons he’s had here in Toronto, leaves a lot to the imagination of Raptors fans.
I honestly don't believe that when push comes to shove we will be selecting 8th. I don't necessarily have a problem with picking 8th, because i think Lamb and Waiters are going to be solid, but I think based on what we've heard from the front office, how DC wants vets, I am expecting a move.
I believe that the raps have already targeted the players that they want in the draft, and other current NBA players who they want, and are just putting the packages together to go and get them. If BC does not make a move, it will be because he couldn't make it happen, and I will be really disappointed if he can't.
#2 pick, hmm
Demar, and Ed ... for #2 and Matt Carroll.
Charlotte gets some salary off the books, while getting 2 cheap pieces who can start.
Raptors can draft their starting SG (Beal), or SF (MKG) ... and get the other through free agency. Carroll is deep bench shooting, and Ed leaving helps cement Amir's role.
I think the price for the Raps is too high here, but that may be the kind of deal they need.
Personally I feel that's putting too much trust into a rookie. People argue DeMar isnt improving enough but he's still solid and we've yet to see Beal or MKG play at the NBA level. Not saying they'll flop or not be as good as DeMar but it's still bit too much to rely on 3/5 starting 5 being rookies(assuming our 8th pick would also start)
I don't think this option would be attractive to BC, but if trying to guess what it would take to get the pick ... Demar, plus more.