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It's actually the perfect year for him to opt out. While so many of the top free agent destinations are clearing cap space with Melo & Lebron in mind, only 2 teams will get them. Rudy becomes the next best thing on the wing, 19 million garanteed is hard to walk away from but you know some dumb GM desperate to get out of the lottery or stay out of the lottery will offer him at least 60 million, someone might even offer him Max depending on how much he improves. That cap space might not be available in 2015, eventually those teams are gonna have to refill their roster with long term contracts (especially the Mavs and Lakers they've been saving cap space for 2 years already).
We can speculate all we want but it all depends on 2 factors that won't have an answer until the end of next season.
1- How much he enjoys playing with this current squad
2- How much masai thinks he's worth.
Both remain to be determined.
"You don’t know the Bruno Caboclo......"Bruno Caboclo
If he decides to opt out, Raps. should try to re-sign him to a reasonable deal. If they can't, the flexibility will help. No loss, the way I see it.
Attitude Is A Choice.
If there is no extension in place by deadline I will expect both Kyle and Rudy to be traded by deadline. Call it a mid season tank. Masai will use the first few months for evaluations and once Kyle and Rudy have played well & consistently enough they will be shippied out for prospects and picks. Thats one option.
I have a hard time believing they want to win now based on how TL basically shat on Colangelo and this team the moment he walked in the door. But I must say the suspense is killing me lol. Tomorrow will come and go and the only thing done will have been Andrea to NY, although on one hand I guess a move like that deserves a full day of reflection, maybe even a Maple Leafs Square party to celebrate lol
This could be a great way to handle Gay, Lowry, DeRozan, etc... especially since there could be a renewed and competitive market for those types of players leading up to the trade deadline, as bubble teams decide to make a push for the playoffs. MU could do very well getting young players who are stuck at the end of or outside teams' rotation (think Lamb/PJII in OKC last season), as well as 1st round picks. Even getting a couple mid-1st round picks in the 2014 draft, in combination with their own lottery pick, could provide a means of moving up in the draft or stockpiling several good young assets.
And this way, like you mentioned, he can still go either way. If the team has more internal developement beyond anyones expectations then they can make moves to try and get better to.
Also, has anyone seen Lowry this offseason? I seen a pic of him n hes looking approx 190lbs. None of this 210 business. Im kind of hoping they go this route so we can really see what we have now and also get max value for players.
I just recovered recently from a back injury that put me out for 3 months. When you can't exercise your core, it's difficult to lean out and get back into shape. He's done an amazing job getting back into shape.
3-4 players in our roster have gained or lost muscle/fat in order to play better for 2013/2014. Good things a coming!
When it comes to Lowry I can't help but fear the contract year beyond 2013-14 season.
It is incredible what changes guys will make for their likely final pay day.
With that said, I love a healthy Lowry playing his game and not imitating a former Spaniard Raptor.
"You don’t know the Bruno Caboclo......"Bruno Caboclo
If MU wants to tank, I think he should trade Lowry this summer.
Here's an interesting read on what Rudy's been up to this summer:
Earlier in the day, the two begin in the weight room, where they complete a series of basic warm-up exercises that leave the 6-8 forward drenched in sweat. They then hit the court, working on everything—post moves against an imaginary defender, floaters in the paint, pick-and-rolls, a series of three-pointers. Whenever there’s a break and Gay pauses to catch his breath, Gray makes him shoot a pair of free throws.He’s in the gym because he wants to get better, and he’s in the weight room working because he wants to get stronger and more explosive, so I think all of that comes back to setting the standard [for the Raptors]. He wants to be the leader and he wants to take this franchise to where it wants to go. He understands that it starts with him.”Gay openly admitted to us—simply a poor shooting season. He sank 32.3 percent from deep and an even worse 31.2 percent from 16-23 feet from the hoop, per HoopData.com, which would explain why Gay and Gray have placed long-range shooting on the top of this summer’s agenda. “If he can knock [the three-point shot] down consistently, everything is gonna open up more,” Gray says. “Being a threat from out there will open up situations off of close-outs and they’ll have to play him differently off ball-screens. It’s gonna open up the court for him much more.”Gay felt immediately welcomed in Canada. “It was just like getting drafted all over again,” he says. “Having the crowd behind me and just checking in the first time to kind of a standing ovation—it was good. Especially when you get traded, it’s like the end of an era, but they welcomed me and made me feel like it’s the beginning of a new one.”Gay and Gray have plans to get after it all summer long, improving with work not just on the court, but off it; Gay often makes specific film requests, and Gray delivers him footage of some of the NBA’s best moves, like Kobe’s face-ups and Chris Paul’s pick-and-rolls. Gay also acknowledges that he’ll need to take on a leadership position in Toronto, a role he never fully grasped in Memphis, and Gray preps him by gifting him books by leadership-specialist John Maxwell.http://www.slamonline.com/online/the...ronto-raptors/“Leaving Memphis? Yeah, it sucked. But I’m glad with where I’m at; I’m glad I have a chance to help with guys like JV [Jonas Valanciunas] and DeMar [DeRozan]. People come up to me and say, like, ‘You can be like T-Mac! You can be like Vince Carter!’ And I’m like, I don’t want to be either of those people. I want to be me. I want to make my own rules and do my own things.”
"I won't shoot 5 for 19 again...." - DeFrozen (in theaters now)
i think rudy's going to be a popular name come trade deadline if he's playing well. i have absolutely nothing to back this up, but i have a feeling other teams are going to wait and see what he can do now that he can see before offering the raps anything.
I'd be surprised if Rudy didn't have a breakout season.
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