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    Default Why I Don't Expect A Raptors Trade of Significance Between Now and Opening Night

    1. From the Triano interview it is clear that the Raptors management is working with Bargnani to become a better defender against the opposing centers. At this point it seems to me that they are not looking to move him to PF and sit Davis on the bench gathering splinters in the butt while he sits behind Johnson and Bargnani at PF. Johnson can not guard anyone over 250-255 very well. He just does not have a big enough body nor is he that good a defender to compensate for this lack of weight. So in effect Johnson can only guard a limited number of centers in the league. So there is no plan to move Johnson to center and Bargnani to PF.

    2. The Raptors already have their backup center for 10-11 despite what some posters think of his ability to play in the NBA.

    3. Calderon is not going anywhere between now and opening night or maybe even for all of 10-11..

    4. Davis injury definitely will negatively affect his performance in 10-11 especially before the all-star game. However to my knowledge Davis has no history of knee problems and this injury is not a career threatening injury. So the Raptors at this point are not going to trade for a body that is better that is better than Davis.

    5. The Raptors just invested $30 million in Johnson to say nothing of all the off-season time that the coaches have spent with him especially sending English to Los Angeles to work with Johnson

    6. Barganani, Johnson and Davis are not going to get traded in 10-11.

    7. When Davis finally puts on a Raptors uniform during the regular season he is not going to sit at the end of the bench for 48 minutes a game.

    If the Raptors do make a trade or between now and opening night it will be an insignificant one.

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    Quote Buddahfan wrote: View Post
    1. From the Triano interview it is clear that the Raptors management is working with Bargnani to become a better defender against the opposing centers. At this point it seems to me that they are not looking to move him to PF and sit Davis on the bench gathering splinters in the butt while he sits behind Johnson and Bargnani at PF. Johnson can not guard anyone over 250-255 very well. He just does not have a big enough body nor is he that good a defender to compensate for this lack of weight. So in effect Johnson can only guard a limited number of centers in the league. So there is no plan to move Johnson to center and Bargnani to PF.

    2. The Raptors already have their backup center for 10-11 despite what some posters think of his ability to play in the NBA.

    3. Calderon is not going anywhere between now and opening night or maybe even for all of 10-11..

    4. Davis injury definitely will negatively affect his performance in 10-11 especially before the all-star game. However to my knowledge Davis has no history of knee problems and this injury is not a career threatening injury. So the Raptors at this point are not going to trade for a body that is better that is better than Davis.

    5. The Raptors just invested $30 million in Johnson to say nothing of all the off-season time that the coaches have spent with him especially sending English to Los Angeles to work with Johnson

    6. Barganani, Johnson and Davis are not going to get traded in 10-11.

    7. When Davis finally puts on a Raptors uniform during the regular season he is not going to sit at the end of the bench for 48 minutes a game.

    If the Raptors do make a trade or between now and opening night it will be an insignificant one.

    Just my opinion
    The quote that stuck out in my mind regarding Bargnani is "he will play PF on O and C on D." (BTW I think someone made that comment on one of these threads before - might have been you Buddah - when I was talking about getting a true C to play with him).

    In reality this would be the greatest thing to happen, here is why:

    Bargs plays solid 1 on 1 D i.e. man up and body up. Personally I think he is a good 1on1 defender.
    On offense he is a PF with guard shooting ability.
    Get a PF (cough*DAVIS*cough) who is athletic and a great weak side help shot blocker who doesn't have much outside game but a developing post and mid range game, rebounds hard, and has a soft touch when he is not trying to rip off the rim (cough*DAVIS*cough) who is ideally left-handed. While waiting for this player to develop or emerge, Johnson does a great job of filling in or taking this position himself and leaving the Raps with a league envious first big off the bench.

    If the 4-team Melo trade rumour is true, I don't see Calderon getting moved until the trade deadline at earliest and possibly not at all this season.

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    Quote Matt52 wrote: View Post

    If the 4-team Melo trade rumour is true, I don't see Calderon getting moved until the trade deadline at earliest and possibly not at all this season.
    If the rumoured 4-way Melo trade goes through, the Nets will have at PG Jordan Farmar and... well, just Jordan Farmar. How do Raptors fans feel about a Calderon (with or without Banks or Evans) for Troy Murphy trade? Murphy is a $12 million expiring this year. Would add a bit of toughness and rebounding on defence, but probably couldn't play alongside Bargnani much. The big asset would be the expiring contract, which would clear all of Calderon's cap space off next summer.

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    Quote Bouncepass wrote: View Post
    If the rumoured 4-way Melo trade goes through, the Nets will have at PG Jordan Farmar and... well, just Jordan Farmar. How do Raptors fans feel about a Calderon (with or without Banks or Evans) for Troy Murphy trade? Murphy is a $12 million expiring this year. Would add a bit of toughness and rebounding on defence, but probably couldn't play alongside Bargnani much. The big asset would be the expiring contract, which would clear all of Calderon's cap space off next summer.
    Unless Augustine ended up in NJ.

    As for Calderon (remember it is his contract, not the person/player) I would take anything that returns