Was reading Chad Ford's "tank rank" and came across this that i found interesting.
I figured GM's would want Amir, tho i felt he was one of those players who's value is way higher than he'll most likely go for. Fact is though, Amir is arguably our best player. I'll let you digest that for a second.Rudy Gay's absence hasn't had the tanking effect GM Masai Ujiri had hoped for. In fact, the Raptors are 3-1 since the trade. That's why Ujiri is out working hard to move more veterans like Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan. Lowry should be pretty easy to move. DeRozan will be tougher.
GMs are even more interested in trying to pry away Jonas Valanciunas and Amir Johnson, I'm told. Valanciunas is virtually untouchable and it would take a pretty high draft pick to pry away Johnson, who is playing the best ball of his career right now (averaging 20 points and 9 rebounds in his past five games).
With Lowry on his way out (it's happening sooner than later) and DD probably getting traded too (i'm guessing around trade deadline) you're looking at a team that's going to run P&R nonstop with Amir and JV. Thing is, it turns out Amir is pretty fantastic at it. He's an excellent defender, he runs the floor and as we've seen, turns out he's actually a solid offensive player when he's not taking 3s. He's also only 26.
I know, i know, i thought he was older too. Up until today i was pretty sold on the idea of trading him, but is his real worth in keeping around for when we're a playoff team in 2-3 years? Before, i figured by the time we'd be decent he' d be getting over the hill, so it's better to trade him now to get maximum return and so he can go and win somewhere. It's only fair to a guy who's been the mr toronto raptor since JYD left.
So i guess what i'm wondering is do you think Amir's a piece to move forward with, like JV? Or should we trade him now while we could potentially get a pretty decent draft pick?