I'm guessing there are a lot of Leaf fans here as well - lol. I hear OKC and CHI are always looking for new fans.
I think the optimist vs. pessimist is probably one of the best ways to view the situation and, while I lean towards optimism, both views are unknowns and valid at this point in time.
Trading (and getting something of value for Bargnani and/or Calderon) puts the balance of power in the optimists side, in my opinion.
I suspect the 2 year contract is to allow BC a graceful exit that appears to be on his own terms. BC is an NBA golden boy and a likely candidate to replace Stern some day...you CANNOT fire him. I see him setting up the front office and then sometime before his two years are up he will announce he has decided not to come back (even though MLSE *wink* wanted him back) but the team is in good shape without him now, blah, blah blah.
As for the idea that a trade will swing the balance, I wonder how you think that might go down. If you're talking about adding franchise-level talent, then the Raps would have to strip their roster bare, making a resign unlikely. If you're talking about anything less, then I have to wonder what the point would be and how much such a player would really help (as well as what young players the Raps would have to give up). The only trade chips the Raps own are pieces that they're counting on to grow internally - they won't be able to swing a trade without including some of them, and how much can they afford to give up in adding established talent without simply treading water and turning into the Hawks?
Again, I just don't share your optimism.
You are right. For the most part you obtain franchise players through the draft...
Unless three of them up and decide 2 years before their free agency that it would be cool to play together, and then they weasel a way to make that happen.
Man I hope Dirk comes through in this series and delays their glory, if only for one year. Man, would that ever be right.
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As for how I might think a Bargnani and/or Calderon trade might go down, check the trade forum. I've done more than a few ideas - some nonsense, some reasonable.
The Raps either loose until they draft a pimp, or try to win and hope they get lucky along the way. Regardless, I'd still take the later if only to not watch loosing seasons for another 5 years.
Just a note: for those who think DD or Ed will just "bolt", don't forget about RFA. The only way they will leave is if the demand to leave, atleast allowing it to happen (in part) on the Raptors terms.
If he can:
1. Get rid of Calderon's contract
2. Trade Bargnani or move him to the bench as 6/7th man
3. Draft Kanter AND Knight/Walker in 2011
4. Draft Barnes in 2012
5. Sign a big name FA (Chris Paul?) in 2012 (all the young talent will attract them)
Then he is God of the dinosaurs. All this is of course capable of happening in 2 years.
1. Paul 2. DeRozan 3. Barnes 4. Davis 5. Kanter. 6. Knight 7. Bargnani
Ahhh, dreaming is nice, ain't it?
For sure, the way the Heat were assembled was entirely unique (and due to the upcoming CBA, may not be repeated)... But even so, this is not the beginning of 1 or 2 teams dominating the league (has been going on for a long time). I am 30 years old, and this had been going on during my entire life. The NFL by comparison, is a much greater example of parity. I guess that is probably due to the unpredictability of 1 game playoffs.
Whatever, whatever. Blah, blah, blah. Bottom line, if we want to be celebrating an NBA finals victory in Toronto (fuck yeah), the road to the Finals goes thru South Beach, and BC or whoever is building this team better recognize.
One love muthafuckas.
Last edited by Donnie Brasco; Wed Jun 8th, 2011 at 04:36 AM.
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