Is Dalembert an option?
Is Dalembert an option?
Dalembert is not coming to Toronto.
The Raptors don't really need another centre anyway. Jonas will chew up a lot more minutes next season, Aaron Gray will still be here assuming he doesn't lose his mind and decline his player option, and Amir can always play the 5 in small ball lineups. Considering how little resources the team will have this summer to add new players, I don't expect them to burn them all up on a redundant piece. Plus there's always the Rautins-Dalembert beef from the National team that hangs overhead. I know Leo's a clown and doesn't hold an official title in the organization, but I'm sure he's shared the tales of Dalembert's diva behaviour from that summer with plenty of the front office.
He was not happy in Philly, SAC, HOU, or MIL.
Earlier this season he was griping over playing time in Milwaukee and hinting about trades from my recollection of HoopsHype.com news bits.
In my opinion, Dalembert is a guy who puts himself ahead of the team and is always wanting to be a bigger part than his talent and skill set deserve..... again my opinion.
I think the Raptors should package Ross with Bargnani this summer if the return is something good (i.e: a starter quality PF).
It should be painfully obvious by now that Bargs isn't fetching anything of value by himself and Ross is the team's most desirable trade piece not named JV when you factor in his upside/salary. It always confused me when BC said Ross was "untouchable" in the Gay discussions considering that if the trade went through, Ross would be completely squeezed for minutes. I know a lot of people on the forums are high on him but he may need to be sacrificed if Bargnani is going to be turned into anything tangible.
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There's math, and everything else is debatable.
You raise a good point.. Bargnani alone I don't think can fetch anything good (unless its Boozer which I don't see happening anymore). So you would have to package him with some other asset to make the trade worthwhile.
Here are the options:
Bargnani + 2014 pick -> assuming the Raptors don't get in the top 3 then the 2014 pick is back. That would be very enticing to teams, and Bryan loves giving his pick away. I have no faith in the Raptors making the playoffs next season either, so giving up a lottery pick just to get rid of Bargnani in a "good" draft is a tall task. But this is probably the most likely option.
Bargnani + Ross -> probably the most realistic if a player is involved. That's about $12.5M outgoing so can get someone decent and a team would probably bite as they get a guy with a lot of potential. But if you want to trade a guy with that much potential on a team that needs potential then it might be a bad deal.
Bargnani + DeMar -> SG's are in short supply in the league and DeMar has 4 years under his belt. $9.5M is a high price tag, and $20M for the overall package is even higher. I don't think BC is willing to give up DeMar though.
Bargnani + Fields -> LAL may make sense here as Fields did his best work for D'Antoni and Bargnani is a stretch 4 that they would probably love to have next to Dwight. Could see a trade like this for Gasol.. but LA is also looking to clear cap space for when Lebron is a potential free agent (although that's just speculation). Outside of LA I don't see too many teams interested in this pair and even then its unlikely.
Bargnani + Kleiza -> Petrie of all people would probably slam the phone if this offer came through.
Bargnani + Amir -> The Raptors would lose all their PF's, not going to happen.
Bargnani + Lowry -> Perhaps if Jose was still a Raptor, but not anymore.
Bargnani + Gay -> That's a lot of dough, and no way is Bryan going to trade Gay after just acquiring him.
Bargnani + JV -> Yah right.
That leaves the deep bench guys - Acy, JL3, Telfair, Gray and Zubcic. Don't see any team interested in any of these guys (unless if its JL3 and Chicago for that Boozer deal). The Raptors also only have one 2014 2nd rounder.. they do not have a 2013 2nd rounder. So that's one more asset they don't have.
It's pretty sad but the best options to include in a trade package for Bargnani will be either Ross or the 2014 pick and those are big assets. Hopefully the Boozer deal is back on the table, otherwise we'll be talking about Spencer Hawes again.
I would rather Dalembert whining and playing ball having some sort of offense in his toolbox than the immobile Lethargic laying Eggs Aaron Gray.
I would not really like to move Ross or Demar, as I doubt that any player gotten back will actually be that much better than either one is/can be. I feel like another year is needed before making that choice. Though in theory I would trade either one, but I don't know if I trust BC to win that trade....be it now, next year or later (god, if BC's still here...)
In the end, if he can't connect Bargs to a draft pick, or to some depth pieces (Lucas, etc), I would hope he doesn't try to actually get a good player back. Just trade Bargs for whatever you can without impacting the core. If he can turn him into one good bench piece even, and/or less commitments, I'd be ok with that.
From a basketball standpoint, the Raptors can't really afford to sacrifice production for potential with the way their current roster is set up. They've basically moved into win now mode (as ridiculous as that may seem; it's true) for the next two seasons and DD figures to be a big part of that. Ross simply isn't ready to start in the league. The talk of him being "untouchable" to me is laughable with so much wing depth in front of him and his struggles during large stretches of this year.
The 'rebuild' came to a screeching halt when they traded for Gay. Even before then, the Raptors seemed to struggle with the balance between developing their young players and putting a competitive team on the court. I can only see that getting worse as the pressure to make the playoffs gets amplified next year. I think Ross has more value for the Raptors in a trade than he does on the actual roster.
The Raptors are nearly a luxury tax team yet the team - as currently constructed - is going to need to play well just to sneak into the playoffs next year. There is a huge disparity between the team's salary and talent, let alone the fit of what talent and youth/potential the team does have.
Even removing Bargnani & Kleiza would still only bring the team down to the expected salary cap level, meaning the only way talent can be added is via free agency (exceptions only) and trade.
All of this rationale is why I've been so vocal about the team needing to at least consider the possibility of trading DeRozan, especially if it's the only/best way to address the starting PF spot. I just don't think Bargnani and garbage is going to get it done, but I'd be happy to be proven wrong!
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