2 extremely interesting points coming from Stein's Tweets:
1. Bargnani may actually have some real, legit trade value.
2. DeRozan may very well be on the trade block.
Us Raptors fans may have been somewhat let down with the lack of 'direction' made visible after the draft, but clearly MU has been quite busy away from prying eyes, both in terms of evaluating the roster and being proactive on the trade front. Me thinks the summer has some excitement waiting for us still... stay tuned!
“I have no idea who Chukwudiebere Maduabum is, but on his Draft Express profile, he’s listed as Chu Chu. I think he’s worthy of picking just for that. He immediately is in the running for best All-Time NBA name.” -Tim W.
Those are all probably true though. Bargnani flamed out here because we were expecting him to be something between a Vince and a Bosh, which he never was. He is, as this guy says, a pick and pop guy. Spot up and shoot. But not 25 times a game, more like 13 times a game. And with a winning team, as a 3rd or 4th option, where he doesn't have to rebound, at all. The Clip are probably actually the best fit in the whole NBA for him.
I don't know why people are surprised the Clips might prefer Bargs...
-It was painfully obvious the last 2 seasons they needed a floor spacer in the frontcourt since Blake and DeAndre basically prefer to score within 8 feet.
-The market for stretch 4s is not exactly a stacked one. Stretch 4s on good contracts (Ilyasova, Anderson) are damn-near untouchable. Other guys would cost lots (Love, Bosh).
Now, obviously they're not in love with Bargnani, but he's just one of the only realistic targets for them as a stretch 4 this offseason, unless they just hope a veteran minimum guy has enough left to help, like Jamison.
I think ideally they'd want to add Afflalo (a 2-way role player with good shooting) and Bargs (a versatile bench scorer and stretch 4)...but the problem is both Orlando and Toronto want Bledsoe.
The article from Clips nationed mention no upside to DeRozan due to the fact that he can't shoot 3's and stretch the floor. So... It looks like Bargnani does have value, as mentioned by BC.
Well, if it's Bargs for Caron, and LAC keeps Bledsoe...you can also probably bet Toronto is going to make more moves. It makes absolutely no sense to keep all of Caron, Fields, Gay, DeMar and Ross....given the salaries.
Just put Bargs on a plane to LA, Ujiri. Don't let them think about it. Make it happen.
Bargs for Caron Butler.
Butler is 1 year and 2 million dollars cheaper than Bargnani, he can also hit the three. It would be a great way to flip Bargs, but the question is whats next?
We still need another big man and have a little glut in the wings assuming people want Fields to play.
Derozan for Milsap anybody?
The Baltic Beast is unstoppable!
Lets say we did make a trade with the Clips involving Bargs and Derozan. Who should we go after with all that freed-up cap space?
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