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View Poll Results: Who would be the best FA for the Raptors at the 3 for the price of the MLE or less?

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  • Ray Allen

    3 8.33%
  • Al Harrington

    1 2.78%
  • Mike Miller

    2 5.56%
  • Josh Childress

    2 5.56%
  • Ronnie Brewer

    5 13.89%
  • Travis Outlaw

    10 27.78%
  • Josh Howard

    4 11.11%
  • Tracy McGrady

    2 5.56%
  • Matt Barnes

    7 19.44%
  • Other

    0 0%
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Thread: Using The MLE To Sign A Player For The 3

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    I agree. They need to start spending more if anything. All the best teams spend a lot of money. Most of the teams who make the playoffs are paying luxury tax. The Raptors management needs to put up or shut up with this "we are about winning" crap. They better spend the full MLE or else, simply put, they're full of it.

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    Quote Apollo wrote: View Post
    I agree. They need to start spending more if anything. All the best teams spend a lot of money. Most of the teams who make the playoffs are paying luxury tax. The Raptors management needs to put up or shut up with this "we are about winning" crap. They better spend the full MLE or else, simply put, they're full of it.
    I don't completely agree. I don't think the Raptors should spend money for spending sake. If the right player isn't there, or they can't get him, then throwing money at a player that isn't what the Raptors need isn't going to help anyone. We've already been down that road.

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    Quote Tim W. wrote: View Post
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    Nobody. Do not waste the team's cap flexibility on one of those options.
    WHat cap flexibility do the Raptors have? It's doubtful they'll be under the cap anytime soon. If the team can add a talented player without giving up anyone, why not do it?
    The Raptors have about $39.25 million tied up in five players (Hedo, Bargs, Jack, Jose, DeRozan) and their #13 pick heading into the summer of 2011. A couple of cap charges and another high lottery pick (2011 Draft) would add around another $5.5 million onto the total. That is $44.75 million ... meaning they could have somewhere around $10 million with cap room.

    The Raptors could easily trade Jack and/or Bargnani for further cap flexibility creating $25 million worth of cap room in 2011.

    The point here is options ... the Raptors are close to the cap figure but with a move or two they can create a lot of cap space. If they start tying up more of their cap with highly paid role players, then that will become more difficult and limit their options.

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    The Raptors first priority is to address the core of their roster. It is a disaster area ... and signing expensive role players only makes that more difficult because it takes away cap flexibility and it increases your win total and lowers your draft position.

    If the Raptors addressed the core of their roster this summer and a good core to build around going forward ... I would be very happy to spend the MLE this summer.

    But, for now at least, an most likely, the Raptors do not and will not have a strong enough core.
    Last edited by Dave; Fri Jun 4th, 2010 at 08:22 AM.

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    Quote Tim W. wrote: View Post
    I don't completely agree. I don't think the Raptors should spend money for spending sake. If the right player isn't there, or they can't get him, then throwing money at a player that isn't what the Raptors need isn't going to help anyone. We've already been down that road.
    Tim, there are "right players" to be had in each and every free agency. I'm not saying spend for the sake of spending. I'm saying they better not let the tax stop them because if it does then they're full of shit and what's the point of it all? The numbers say it all. Team who are willing to commit financially win a lot more games than teams who don't want to go there.