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    Default Road to respectability and “If I were Colangelo” dreams

    Another awful night for Jack/Calderon. I turned off the game at the 6:30 mark of the fourth quarter. I did not want to endure another embarrassing loss where our floor “generals” were not playing with their head.
    Both Calderon and Jack were combined for 4 for 15 from the field and they had a total of +/- for the night of -25. I will repeat this again MINUS 25. Everyone played poorly. They did not have flow, they showed no aggressiveness and above all they were combined for 8 turnovers. Some players are gamers others are game killers…..

    I know it’s too early to be dreaming about trades but if I were a GM for a day I would seriously push to acquire Chris Paul. I am not sure what combination of bench/starting players would take from both teams to make this happen but the centerpieces of the trade would be Paul and Calderon.

    How would this be feasible you ask? I am not sure, hence the dream…..

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    I know it’s too early to be dreaming about trades but if I were a GM for a day I would seriously push to acquire Chris Paul. I am not sure what combination of bench/starting players would take from both teams to make this happen but the centerpieces of the trade would be Paul and Calderon.

    How would this be feasible you ask? I am not sure, hence the dream…..
    Financially feasible? Anything is possible when you put together a mix of contracts, but will it happen? I highly, highly doubt it. Only player I could see the Hornets wanting is Bosh and considering N.O. is already contract heavy with West and Okafor already in their front court, just another reason why it probably won't happen.

    Would I love to see Paul in a Raps uniform? Absolutely. An absolute dream.

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    I had an "if I was BC" vision this morning. I hate to say it, but right now the Raps are a team with a very low ceiling. Why? BC is building a team of specialist, one dimensional players, as opposed to players who can excel in a variety of game situations and playing environments. And of course, I don't need to get into the softness of this team.

    Here are my thoughts. Please feel free to discuss, amend or shoot me down.

    Chris Bosh is a great player, but not for this team. He needs to be with a defensive powerhouse centre. I think a max contract for him on this team is not the right strategy. So, my first move:

    Trade Chris Bosh to San Antonio for:

    Richard Jefferson
    George Hill
    DaJuan Blair
    If SA needs extra fodder to make this happen, so be it. Bosh will extend Duncan's career by a few years in SA, and we get Jefferson and a couple of young players with upside who can defend, rebound and score garbage buckets. Precisely what the Raptors need.

    Next up, I'd see about trading Calderon to Charlotte for Felton (though we'd have to take another contract from Charlotte, maybe Ajinca, and possibly send a 2nd round draft pic to make this happen). Felton is not the type of PG that the Bobcats need, since he can't keep defences honest with his shot, and the rest of the Bobcats aren't strong enough offensively to make up for that weakness. Since the Raptors have a bunch of shooters, this isn't a problem.

    We now have a rotation of:

    PG: Felton/Jack
    SG: Hill/DeRozan/Belinelli/Weems
    SF: Jefferson/Turkoglu/Wright
    PF/C: Bargnani/Johnson/Blair/Evans/Ajinca/Nesterovic

    I would start Jefferson over Turkoglu and have Turkoglu as 6th man, to help with ball handling on the second unit. Though I would see a lineup of either PG, Jefferson, Turkoglu, Johnson or Nesterovic and Bargnani to close out games.

    Bargnani would be surrounded with more defensive players in the front court to cover up his rebounding and defensive weaknesses.

    The lineup is much more athletic, with the Raptors now featuring Felton, DeRozan, Hill, Weems and Johnson who are above average athletically, and Jefferson and Belinelli, who are no slouches. There would also be some freedom to play in the secondary free agent markets, as well as a ton of tradeable commodities.

    Young, athletic, cheap, with a bit of veteran leadership, I would pay good money to watch this team play.

    I see the Bosh trade as something SA would probably go for, but I don't know realistically how well Felton for Calderon would go over in Charlotte.

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