Maybe Rudy is a Superstar. Maybe KL is our PG of the future.
I don't think we can comfortably and completely answer any of those yet.
Last edited by Joey; Tue Oct 22nd, 2013 at 03:37 PM.
The whole JV rookie contract, build throw draft, hit FA hard in '15 and '16 before extension has been said before. That would bet counter.
The waiting is the hardest part
The Nene for McGee trade, was that Masai's doing or the owner, mostly? Considering Nene's contract and injury problems that turned out to be a decent trade for Denver.
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Just quickly looking at HoopsHype numbers, they have the Raps at ~$48 million next year (there are a few team options on JV, Amir, Ross but presubaly they will pick those up). If they keep Gay, that number goes to ~$67. As I understand it, even if he opts out to sign some sort of extension, it has to be at a first year salary equal to the $19M. That ~$67M number doesn't include Kyle Lowry at all. Plus, you'll need to add a couple of bench guys.
Yeah, they have a tonne of cap room in 2015 but that's only because they have no one under contract outside of JV, Derozan, Acy, and Ross. So, they can add an impact piece in 2015 in FA but that player won't be added to current mix.
Above from Larry coon question 59
I wonder why Masai hasn't blown up this team yet? Does he think we're better than an 8th seed or does he have something else up his sleeve?
To elaborate on this, Raptors options with Gay are:
1) play out this upcoming year and he picks up $19.3M option next season,
2) plays out this upcoming year and he opts out, signs an option starting at $19.3M,
3) plays out this upcoming year and he opts out, signing elsewhere,
4) is traded sometime before deadline.
With a good start, all their assets increase in value. And I also think that opportunities will open up as other teams go through the season and have more urgent needs that Ujiri can take advantage of. Right now, in the pre-season, it's all sunny days for all teams. But the long season with have disappointments and gaps that can be filled by an opportunistic Ujiri.
I've glanced at the schedule a few times but nothing ever serious.
Just taking a serious look and I think 22 games is the magic point in the schedule for the Raptors.
While I'm firmly in the "trade for prospects and picks" camp, I don't think Masai can go that route without making it look like he tried to build with what he has first. Looking at the intense debate that has gone on with that topic here on the forums is a pretty good indication of how this topic strikes a nerve with some fans. By sticking with the first 20 games it can appear to the "Builders" that he tried and by leaving the last 62 games of the season he can still "Tank".
Why the first 22 games? Here is their schedule:
Wed 30 vs Boston
Fri 1 @ Atlanta
Sat 2 @ Milwaukee
Tue 5 vs Miami
Wed 6 @ Charlotte
Fri 8 @ Indiana
Sat 9 vs Utah
Mon 11 @ Houston
Wed 13 @ Memphis
Fri 15 vs Chicago
Sun 17 vs Portland
Wed 20 @ Philadelphia
Fri 22 vs Washington
Tue 26 vs Brooklyn
Fri 29 vs Miami
Sun 1 vs Denver
Tue 3 @ Golden State
Fri 6 @ Phoenix
Sun 8 @ L.A. Lakers
Tue 10 vs San Antonio
Fri 13 vs Philadelphia
Sat 14 @ Chicago
6 games versus the top 4 teams in the East:
2 games versus Miami
1 game versus Indiana
2 games versus Chicago
1 game Brooklyn
2 mini-west coast swings
5 games versus teams fighting for final playoff spots in the east:
1 vs Boston
1 vs Atlanta
1 vs Milwaukee
1 vs Charlotte
1 vs Washington
2 games versus bottom feeder Philly
4 games versus the better teams in the west:
1 game vs San Antonio
1 game vs Golden State
1 game vs Houston
1 game vs Memphis
Given the schedule of the first 22 games, I think Ujiri will have a good indication of what this team can do. In my opinion, if they are not killing in through 22 (I mean 14-8 or better) you've got your indication of what to do with this team. Again, there is no cap space or financial flexibility to work with; keeping the core of this team means it is capped out and you are 100% relying on Ross and JV as the only means of growth with a window of 3-4 years before looking for a new PG and SF.
As an aside, it takes them up to December 15th when free agents can be traded.
I don't think every GM has a checklist of 450 players and each teams wishlist for their players. But other GMs will have a pretty good idea of what are teams are need/want (3pt specialist, cap space, draft picks whatever) in part because they have a pretty good idea of where teams are headed or where they are at (rebuild, win now.. whatever)
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