I'm not really that great at crunching the numbers but is it even feasible for the Raptors to have Bosh, Joe Johnson, Turk, Bargnani and Jack as the starting 5?
I don't know if the salaries would work out, but the way I see it is that if Bosh still thinks he's the #1 guy for a team and that they need a wing player that can create his own shot and that they need to go over the cap, than I don't see why JJ can't fit all 3 of those (somewhat dubious) criteria.
- Bosh always said he didn't want to play second fiddle. It's clear in any trade scenario, that everybody thinks he will be a second fiddle to the true superstar on a team. This just makes Bosh look dumb and I don't think he wants to "look" dumb. Period. Also makes him admit to not being able to be the #1 guy on a team. OK fine, you're unconvinced...but work with me here anyways.
- JJ has already said he's done being "the man" on a team. He's willing to let others step up and take the weight of the team on their shoulders. He can create his own shot. It's pretty clear that he should be on his way out in ATL, and best of all he's a swingman and can move with or without the ball.
- If the Raps don't need a true PG anymore because we've got Turk (and I don't think BC is going to drop Turk like he dropped JO, but I could be wrong), than what the team can really do is stack the 1 and 2 positions with scorers. I'm fine with keeping Jack, but who knows, maybe he becomes trade bait.
In this case you've got 2 unconventional ball handlers (JJ and Turk), so you can stack the 1 with a scorer...Jack can play the scoring card as can DD and Weems.
I dunno, any thoughts? Like I said, I didn't do the math for the contract situations but is it even possible? And if so, how far into the salary cap do they go?
J. Johnson has worked with Colangelo before and some of you might say that he bolted Phoenix while BC was GM, but that was when JJ wanted to be more the #2 or #3 option, not #4 after Nash, Stoudemire and Marion. Time's are different.
Anyways, food for thought. There's no reason for Bosh to stay unless BC can make the team better. Despite his performance in the postseason, JJ can make the Raptors better.
Oh and for those who think that BC is all about rebuilding now...I'm not sure I agree with you. The extension he got recently doesn't really indicate a rebuilding effort is underway. It looks more like BC will try to shake things up a bit more dramatically.