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    Quote Raptor4Ever wrote: View Post
    With all the talks surrounding Okafor and his contract and whether or not this is the best option available for Raptors, I started to think who else is out there that can fill the role.

    I think we all agree that for Raptors to be competitive, they need a Center who is a great rebounder and a defender.


    First ,from the centers that are in the league right now, who do we think fits this needs?
    Second, Which one of your list do you think might become available ?


    This is my list:

    Okafor , Tyson Chandler, Nene, Perkins, Mark Gasol

    From this list, I think the only player that might become available is Okafor as the rest.

    Can we carry our TPE to another year or does it expire at the end of the year ?
    It appears your list doesn't include David Anderson.
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    I like Pryzbila and I also think that he will be moved. Portland can really use the TPE and unload some of their unwanted Salaries.
    Now, Is Pryzbila a starting center quality in this league ?
    considering he backs up the most injury prone player on the planet and does a better job, id say yes. if we got him for cheap it'd be awesome.

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    I like Pryzbila and I also think that he will be moved. Portland can really use the TPE and unload some of their unwanted Salaries.
    Now, Is Pryzbila a starting center quality in this league ?
    To my knowledge the Trailblazers are still under the 15 player limit and there is no way to know If Oden will be healthy in 10-11

    Plus Camby can play the #4. If they dump Pryzbilla they will have only three big men that are NBA proven and one of those is injured more than not.

    I think Pryzbilla finishes out 10-11, the last year on his contract, with the Trailblazers unless they can move him for another NBA proven big.
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    It appears your list doesn't include David Anderson.
    LOOOL, I know that was a great surprise by BC.
    As far as Pryzibla, you are correct. I don't think he will be moved either bc of the injury history of Oden and Camby.

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    Looks like we might have to get our C in the Euro, boys.
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    Quote ceez wrote: View Post
    expires at the trade deadline, from my understanding.
    TPE expires one year from the date of trade.

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    What do you guys think of us looking in the Euro League at this dude?

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    Sofoklis Schortsanitis
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    Position: C
    NBA Comparison: a 6-10 version of Shaq
    Status: unrestricted free agent - draft rights held by the Los Angeles Clippers so another team would have to trade for his rights before signing him.

    My Assessment: Big Sofo is an absolute beast offensively on the low block. He is virtually unstoppable one on one in the low post. Even if you double team or triple team him he can still score and he is good at passing out of double teams.

    He is surprisingly athletic and quick down the floor for a man of his size. Stamina problems with him are overblown as he can give a team a consistent 15-20 minutes. Potential NBA starting center and at worst case scenario elite level backup center.

    NBA Scout Assessment: An NBA scout said this of Schortsanitis, "He is the most dominant low post player in Europe. If he had the right mindset and training regimen he could be an all star in the NBA."
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    Sofo is essentially Eddy Curry without the hefty salary. He's got a nice soft baby hook and is dominant in the paint in the post, but aside from that, he's pretty useless. He's not a good shotblocker or rebounder.

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    Sofo is a beast, he played for the Clips in summer league,
    and had some crazy blocks on defence.
    Chris Webber, was doing the commentary on a couple of games
    and absolutely loved him, coining him the Summer Shaq.
    Check it out on youtube.

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    Quote GameBreaker wrote: View Post
    What do you guys think of us looking in the Euro League at this dude?

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    YouTube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zrs4rGBMlbw (look what he does to Shaq...TWICE!!!)
    holy, shidoinks.

    where he almost brings the entire system down
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    I like. He's 25 years old. And we have a huge advantage in attracting him with our large Greek community.

    The questions are:
    1) Can we motivate him to train up to allstar level?
    2) What do we have to give up to get him?

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    Quote knucklewrap wrote: View Post
    Sofo is a beast, he played for the Clips in summer league,
    and had some crazy blocks on defence.
    Chris Webber, was doing the commentary on a couple of games
    and absolutely loved him, coining him the Summer Shaq.
    Check it out on youtube.
    I guess the Clippers didn't feel the need for a 3rd center; i.e. behind Kaman and Jordan. Not very likely he will get invited to the Raptors training camp in October as long as Dorsey is around. Just saying.

    Maybe the Hawks would be interested if they can't sign Shaq.
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    Kwame Brown and one of Collins brothers is still available, not sure which one. I think Stromile Swift is too. So is Oberto.

    Here's a good list:

    http://blog.shamsports.com/2010/07/b...hats-left.html

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    we should try to make a play for marc gasol he is a very impressive player with his rebounding and grit

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    Small article on Sofo in the current Sports Illustrated, Inside the NBA column.
    They talk about him playing for Greece in the upcoming World Championship,
    Here's the quote:
    "When Sofoklis Schortsianitis is in the game, the offence runs through him.
    He's so strong and has very good hands. They run a lot of misdirection so he
    can seal his man off and go to work."

    I know he would give us that instant toughness and swagger that we haven't
    seen since Oakley was here.

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    Quote Raptor4Ever wrote: View Post
    With all the talks surrounding Okafor and his contract and whether or not this is the best option available for Raptors, I started to think who else is out there that can fill the role.

    I think we all agree that for Raptors to be competitive, they need a Center who is a great rebounder and a defender.


    First ,from the centers that are in the league right now, who do we think fits this needs?
    Second, Which one of your list do you think might become available ?


    This is my list:

    Okafor , Tyson Chandler, Nene, Perkins, Mark Gasol

    From this list, I think the only player that might become available is Okafor as the rest.

    Can we carry our TPE to another year or does it expire at the end of the year ?
    Add Pryzbilla too if he is not having lots of playing time at Portland and Dalembert after December 15, since Sacramento Kings have 2 rookie centers on contract(one is a franchise center in Demarcus Cousins, is playing with a chip on his shoulders and will have a Rasheeed Wallace-like career where he is also a head case but contributes his all on the court).

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    Quote ceez wrote: View Post
    expires at the trade deadline, from my understanding.
    Actually, expires one year from the day of the deal which should likely be after next year's draft.

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    Quote GameBreaker wrote: View Post
    What do you guys think of us looking in the Euro League at this dude?

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    http://www.talkbasket.net/blogs/top-...ects-2954.html



    YouTube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zrs4rGBMlbw (look what he does to Shaq...TWICE!!!)
    Actually, that link has some guys, I would want on my team especially the Spanoulis guy if we are going the Euro way because we have a hard time attracting American players. This is why Jim Kelly should not be the scout of the team, he has a bad drft record and his scouting for Euros bring in players that are human pylons on defense. We need some scouts from Spurs and Jazz that get players that are willing to defend and play.

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    This is just my opinion but I don't think that BC acquired Anderson statistically the 4th best defensive player on the Rockets last season, according to Basketballvalue.com to sit at the end of the bench. He averaged 14 mpg for 63 games for a team that was a lot better defensively than the Raptors.

    Some people here have clearly trashed Anderson for whatever reason. In any case in my opinion the trashing doesn't matter. BC acquired Anderson to play and the way I figure it if he averaged 14 mpg for 63 games as a rookie for Houston he almost for sure barring injuring is going average 15 + mpg for the Raptors in 2010-11 as Bargnani's backup. Raptors fans may not like it and I myself would have preferred Chandler, but I think that this is the way that BC has decided to go in 10-11.

    Yes I know Yao was out and if he hadn't been Anderson would not have gotten the minutes that he did. On the other hand Yao was out for the majority of the season plenty of time for Houston to have picked up someone to play instead of Anderson if they really thought he was that bad. This season they figured that they won't need him so they moved him to clear a roster spot.
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    It's good for one year from date of trade.

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