this is my first post here so please be nice. ive been reading all the news articles and comments about the raptors for a couple of years and have a few ideas.
heres my idea for the 2010-2011 raptors
-resign amir to 4.5 million/year for 3-4 years
To Orlando: Turkoglu
To Toronto: Gortat and Pietrus
Otis has gone on record saying he has been in contact with Toronto so obviously they miss Turk. Orlando gets back Turk, we get a real centre in Gortat and decent SF in Pietrus. Salaries are similar but both Gortat and Pietrus are a bit overpaid IMO. Orlando doesn't need Gortat anymore since they drafted Orton, who can play the 15 mins a game for them behind Howard (Gortat averaged 13 mins this season).
To Detroit: Calderon
To Toronto: Prince
Detroit needs a point guard who can create plays and Calderon is one of the best. It has been widely known that Dumars wants Prince and Rip out. So why not get Prince, he fills a hole and is expiring contract so why nto try it out. Calderon will help the young guys on Detroit with his passing and make it easier for them coming into the league. Prince is also a defensive guy which Sonny and Demar can learn alot from.
To New Orleans: Evans, Banks, 1st round pick (hopefully from Bosh S&T, not our own), and cash
To Toronto: collison and stojakovic
The only slight problem i see here is NO. They might not want to give collison up for expiring contracts BUT if we take Peja contract, they might think about it because they save about 5 million this year. Since NO is about to switch owners, the current owners will go into cost cutting mode and therefore want to save every penny. To sweeten the deal, I said give them a 1st round pick from whoever Bosh signs with, which I think is resonable because we will likely get one. and cash is always good for a team trying to save money. Plus they get a servicable back up PG in marcus banks and PF in Reggie evans. We get our point guard of the future and peja is a servicable (albeit wayyyy overpaid) SF.
PG:Collison, Jack, Belli
SG: Derozan, Weems
SF:Prince, Pietrus, Peja
C: Gortat, Amir, Alabi
PF: Bargs, Davis, Dorsey
Collison, Derozan, Weems, Bargs can all grow together and develop. I'd be willing to take a chance on Gortat as our starting centre if Dallas was willing to. The problem here is we have alot of dept at SF (approximately 30 million) but Prince's and Peja's contract expire after next season, leaving us with around 25 million in cap space. The total salary for the raptors 2010-2011 is around 65-70 million, which is about the same as last year. Also, even if Gortat does not do well as a starting centre, hes learned alot from howard that he can teach alabi and amir. However, this gives us alot of options on offence and defence.
Offence: we can go big (bargs, gortat) or small (davis, amir). we have shooters (Peja, Bargs, Prince), post players (amir, alabi, dorsey) and slashers (Weems and Derozan).
Defence: we have people who can protect the paint.
I think this team would be really fun to watch. Oh and the best thing about this team is that they will work hard in games and practice with alabi, weems, derozan, amir, davis all pushing each other to be better. What do you guys think?