View Poll Results: Where do the Raptors Rank in Free agent desireabilty?

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  • 6-10

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    10 28.57%
  • 16-20

    14 40.00%
  • 21-25

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Thread: Is Toronto in the Top or Bottom half of the League in terms of attractiveness to a Free Agent?

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    Default Is Toronto in the Top or Bottom half of the League in terms of attractiveness to a Free Agent?

    Where would you rank Toronto in terms of free agent Desireability?
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    Teams currently worse off:

    1. Sixers
    2. Kings
    3. Cleveland
    4. Milwaukee
    5. Detroit
    6. Pelicans
    7. Charlotte
    8. Utah
    9. Minnesota
    10. Orlando
    11. Denver
    Tied with : Washington, Lakers

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    Despite my vote, the premise is wrong.

    15 rosters spots and a cap of 70 upteen million means you can't court 15 10's

    15 7's is better than 4 10s and 11 scrubs

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    I would guess all Florida and Texas teams. Low taxes and warm climate. Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Miami, Orlando.

    Also major market teams. Knicks, Nets, Lakers, Clippers, Bulls, Celtics, probably Warriors.

    After that it's a fair game.

    Of course, if we are talking about a Canadian free agent, it's different. And if we are talking a superstar who won't go to a losing team, you can take Orlando off the list.

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    Wiggins has a long wait before he could force the Cavs hand and work a S&T with the Raptors but wouldn't that be amazing if it happened.

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    Maybe Wiggins will be the first major RFA who follows through on the threat of signing the qualifying offer to become UFA after year 5.

    Ray Felton and Ben Gordon did it.

    I'm struggling to remember anyone else.
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    Quote stooley wrote: View Post
    Teams currently worse off:

    1. Sixers
    2. Kings
    3. Cleveland
    4. Milwaukee
    5. Detroit
    6. Pelicans
    7. Charlotte
    8. Utah
    9. Minnesota
    10. Orlando
    11. Denver
    Tied with : Washington, Lakers
    Orlando and LA are choice spots

    i think the reality is players like toronto, from everything i hear pretty much everyone says its a great city, it just seems agents and whatnot love to play the taxes card and it kind of scares them away. the weather obviously isn't as nice as a lot of the key cities, but it's really not that much worse than say boston or NY. plus it's easily one of the safest cities.
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    Quote ceez wrote: View Post
    Orlando and LA are choice spots

    i think the reality is players like toronto, from everything i hear pretty much everyone says its a great city, it just seems agents and whatnot love to play the taxes card and it kind of scares them away. the weather obviously isn't as nice as a lot of the key cities, but it's really not that much worse than say boston or NY. plus it's easily one of the safest cities.
    LA is, Orlando isn't.

    Everyone leaves Orlando, it may be Florida but it's landlocked Florida, what the hell is the point?

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    Quote ceez wrote: View Post
    Orlando and LA are choice spots

    i think the reality is players like toronto, from everything i hear pretty much everyone says its a great city, it just seems agents and whatnot love to play the taxes card and it kind of scares them away. the weather obviously isn't as nice as a lot of the key cities, but it's really not that much worse than say boston or NY. plus it's easily one of the safest cities.
    I'm talking like - franchise draw on free agents this summer, regardless of cap space.

    Orlando's roster is so crappy that right now, FAs aren't going there.

    Lakers are terrible and have Kobe working against them, but have history on their side, so I gave it a wash.

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    Has to be in the middle of the pack.. for once we brought back our own free agent. That's a win. Now getting someone else's prized free agent.. well that's a tough task but one that we'll probably get to see play out next summer.

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    From what I've heard and read, players do like Toronto. It is honestly the notion of being in another country, and losing the American Media spotlight that doesn't attract players.

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    Quote mjt20mik wrote: View Post
    From what I've heard and read, players do like Toronto. It is honestly the notion of being in another country, and losing the American Media spotlight that doesn't attract players.
    Another winning season will hopefully solve that problem.
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    Quote mcHAPPY wrote: View Post
    Another winning season will hopefully solve that problem.
    Winning helps, but I think we need to get a player that just attracts media. When VC was here, we started off terrible, but we still got some games because he was a walking highlight reel.

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    Quote stooley wrote: View Post
    Lakers are terrible and have Kobe working against them, but have history on their side, so I gave it a wash.
    No matter what LA will always be a top 5 free-agency city. It's fucking LA!!!

    Sun, sand, movie stars, glamour, riches, beautiful women, night life, the allure of being a celebrity and on top of that the state of California is probably the smallest land mass to offer EVERYTHING! You want to go skiing on the same day you went to the beach and finish it off by hiking through woods that have 300 year old giant trees? BOOM DONE!

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    Who are we talking about though? If we're talking Nick Young or JR Smith, someone who loves going out to nightclubs with hip-hop stars, then Toronto is in the bottom half. But if we're talking international players? Dirk, Parker, etc? Toronto's easily top half
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    Quote mjt20mik wrote: View Post
    Winning helps, but I think we need to get a player that just attracts media. When VC was here, we started off terrible, but we still got some games because he was a walking highlight reel.
    That would be ideal but finding a player like that is like catching lightning in a bottle.
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    Depends on who you're asking. Is Toronto a top 5 or even a top 10 destination to a top teir player? probably not when there are warmer climates, better endorsements and bigger cities they can have their choice of.

    Is Toronto a top destination for everyone else that just wants to get paid and doesn't have the options a top teir player does.

    I would rank in no particular order, the following teams to be more attractive than Toronto to players because of a combination of weather and city itself:

    Lakers
    Clippers
    Golden State
    Phoenix
    New York
    Chicago
    Miami
    Orlando
    Dallas
    Houston

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    Quote ceez wrote: View Post
    It just seems agents and whatnot love to play the taxes card and it kind of scares them away. the weather obviously isn't as nice as a lot of the key cities, but it's really not that much worse than say boston or NY. plus it's easily one of the safest cities.
    From the player's personal point of view, quality of life and quality of the club they are joining probably matter much more than the money: they probably have enough money that a little here or there for taxes is secondary.

    From the agent's point of view, money is number one. They don't have to live in the city or play on that time.

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    I can't see Wiggins and DeRozan fitting together.. But Ross and Wiggins would fit beautifully

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    Toronto is the fourth largest city in NA and third largest market in the NBA after NY,LA. If the Raptors clean up the management and become perpetual #1 or #2 seed, they are a very desirable location.Also, being Canada's only NBA team, national endorsements are available. Miami, SA and Dallas are small markets and second tier in their own States. It took a Babcock and Coangelo to destroy the NBA in Toronto.

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