BC has been known to have a chip on his shoulder.
hahahahahhahaha ive been waiting for that all day!!!!!!
Is it a pipe dream for Josh Smith to come here next? A man can dream right?
Free agency is a crapshoot. The best teams are always active with trades. Free agency is usually best reserved for rounding out a roster, not creating a core. You were talking about how getting Gay would help us lure free agency down the line, and that no one would want to join a team losing two star vets. But I wasn't stressing how their contracts would free up capspace, I was stressing that they are much better trade chips than Jose or Andrea, basically, and if we can get them without giving up any young assets, we'll be in a very strong position next year to make deals that don't smack of desperation.
+ Long big man who is a very effective finisher at the basket. Good shot-blocker.
+ Foul-prone due to lack of strength and high base. Illegal screens a problem.
+ Can make midrange set shot. Little post game or ball skills. Good rebounder.
The Raptors' renewed focus on defense was perhaps most apparent with Johnson, who was dramatically more effective at that end than in previous seasons. While he still occasionally gets pummeled in physical matchups, Johnson rated among the top quarter of centers, according to Synergy, and the Raptors gave up 3.2 points per 100 possessions fewer with him on the court, according to 82games.com.
Johnson still fouls too much -- nearly once every seven minutes last season -- but he had strong rates of blocks and rebounds, especially for a power forward. (He was often forced to play center last season.)
Offensively, his numbers dropped off a bit, but he remains a potent finisher (72.4 percent in the basket area). His biggest problem now is his penchant for illegal screens on high screen-and-rolls, which caused his turnover ratio to nearly double from the season before. Johnson's slow-release push shot from midrange wasn't quite as accurate as the previous season, either, but overall he posted his fourth straight season with a true shooting percentage greater than 60 -- an impressive accomplishment.
Given that efficiency, he doesn't need to provide that much defense to be a worthwhile player. He has the chops to provide it as a full-time 4 this season, so if he can just cut out the illegal screens, he'll have a lot of value.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Going online now: ESPN sources say Grizzlies and Raps have deal in place to swap Rudy Gay and Hamed Haddadi for Ed Davis and Jose Calderon</p>— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) <a href="https://twitter.com/ESPNSteinLine/status/296744378439983106">January 30, 2013</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine
Third team not yet in stone but Pistons have had interest in Calderon all season & have two SFs to help MEM fill Gay void: Prince & Maggette
Bruce Arthur @bruce_arthur
Rudy Gay deal is indeed headed to the MLSE board.
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Back to a two team trade??
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Sources say deal will morph to include third team to take Calderon, w/Detroit at front of line to land Spaniard after chasing him all season</p>— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) <a href="https://twitter.com/ESPNSteinLine/status/296744887171297280">January 30, 2013</a></blockquote>
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Damn. Brandon Knight is going to be their 2 of the future after all. Drummond and Monroe finally gets their pick n' roll / Lob City PG in Jose.
Ryan Wolstat @WolstatSun
Raptor source had told me yesterday it was in Memphis' court, sounds like they made one last sweep of league and now are ready to sign off
shit is getting reall
Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine
ESPN sources say Dallas is other prime landing spot for Calderon, but I'm told Mavs reluctant to part with SF that Grizz want: Vince Carter
Who the hell is Hamed Haddiidi????someone fill me in!