Mon Jul 11th, 2011, 10:55 PM
Sports Illustrated Top 20 Free Agents 2011: Raptors (Joeys) Likely Interest Level.
Found this article. Thought I'd take a stab at Rating the Raptors Interest Level.
Sports Illustrated write-up, provided.
Raptors (Joeys) Interest: 7.5/10 Reason: Injuries possible issue.
Age: 28 | 2010-11 Team: Nuggets | Position: C
'10-11 Stats: 14.5 ppg, 61.5 FG%, 7.6 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.0 bpg
Status: Unrestricted -- $11.6 million early termination option
SI: The Brazilian bruiser is everything a team could want in a center. He's young, physical and posted numbers that have been consistent (at least 75 games played, around 14 points and eight rebounds per game) over the last three seasons. Nene won't come cheap -- he reportedly is looking for more than $50 million over four years -- but he is a rare, almost All-Star-caliber starting center who can man the middle for a team for the next five years easily.
Raptors (Joeys) Interest: 10/10 Reason: Obvious. Restricted Free Agent possible Issue.
Age: 26 | 2010-11 Team: Grizzlies | Position: C
'10-11 Stats: 11.7 ppg, 52.7 FG%, 7.0 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.7 bpg
Status: Restricted -- $4.5 million qualifying offer
SI: Which Gasol brother do you think teams want now? Marc's numbers slipped from 2009-10 in the regular season, but he posted 15 points (on 51.1 percent shooting) and 11.2 rebounds during Memphis' playoff run. Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley has put the word out he intends to match any offers for Gasol, who has developed a nice chemistry with recently re-signed power forward Zach Randolph.
Raptors (Joeys) Interest: 1/10 Reason: He's a 30 year old Power Forward.
Age: 30 | 2010-11 Team: Hornets | Position: PF
'10-11 Stats: 18.9 ppg, 50.8 FG%, 7.6 rpg, 2.3 apg
Status: Unrestricted -- $7.5 million early termination option
SI: West raised a few eyebrows when he elected to opt out of the final year of his deal with New Orleans, walking away from $7.5 million after undergoing reconstructive surgery on his left knee three months ago. A healthy West is an effective low-post and pick-and-pop player, but his age and recent injury history will give smart teams cause for concern. A prolonged lockout could give him more time to recover and show teams he will be ready to go at the start of the season.
Raptors (Joeys) Interest: 8/10 Reason: Injuries and Money Demands, possible Issues.
Age: 28 | 2010-11 Team: Mavericks | Position: C
'10-11 Stats: 10.1 ppg, 65.4 FG%, 9.4 rpg, 1.1 bpg
SI: Chandler's history of injuries made him a questionable commodity going into last season. Now, after helping the Mavericks to their first championship in franchise ever, he's a desired one. Don't expect Mark Cuban to allow the anchor of Dallas' vastly improved defense to walk after his most productive season in seven years, not with an aging roster and a finite window to claim another title. New collective bargaining agreement permitting, Cuban will break the bank to keep Chandler -- or at least pay him more than the $7.6 million backup Brendan Haywood will make next season.
Raptors (Joeys) Interest: 10/10 Reason: Obvious. Very Young, athletic, gifted Small Forward.
Age: 23 | 2010-11 Team: Sixers | Position: F
'10-11 Stats: 12.7 ppg, 54.1 FG%, 5.3 rpg, 1.0 apg
Status: Restricted -- $4.0 million qualifying offer
SI: Funny, that tweener tag doesn't sound like a criticism when the player can defend three positions, run the floor like a gazelle and emerge as a Sixth Man of the Year candidate. Coach Doug Collins struck gold when he put Young in a reserve role, so don't expect the Sixers -- who are coming off a superb second half of last season and a competitive five-game first-round loss to Miami -- to allow Young to take his talents elsewhere.
Raptors (Joeys) Interest: 2/10 Reason: Love his game, but we don't need him.
Age: 30 | 2010-11 Team: Suns/Magic | Position: G-F
'10-11 Stats: 15.6 ppg, 44.7 FG%, 39.5 3PT%, 4.1 rpg, 1.8 apg
SI: At 30, Richardson is no longer the explosive, 20-points-per-game scorer he was with Golden State. But there is still some pop in his legs and he has been remarkably durable the last four seasons. Richardson is ringless in 10 seasons, so if he doesn't re-sign with Orlando, he's a candidate to take a pay cut to play for a contender (Chicago, for one) in need of his services.
Raptors (Joeys) Interest: 10/10 Reason: Killer athlete with improving Defense. Still very young. Restricted Free Agent, possible issue.
Age: 22 | 2010-11 Team: Clippers | Position: F-C
'10-11 Stats: 7.1 ppg, 68.6 FG%, 7.2 rpg, 1.8 bpg
Status: Restricted -- $1.1 million qualifying offer
SI: Blake Griffin's frontcourt mate made serious strides in his third season. Jordan is limited offensively, but with Griffin getting most of the touches, all he needs to do is rebound (which he does well), block shots (which he does very well) and defend (which he is getting better at). A center has to leave L.A., but it's Chris Kaman, not Jordan, who is most likely on the move.
Raptors (Joeys) Interest: 4/10 Reason: We don't really need him. He did play center for the C's though.
Age: 25 | 2010-11 Team: Celtics | Position: F-C
'10-11 Stats: 11.7 ppg, 44.8 FG%, 73.6 FT%, 5.4 rpg
SI: On one hand, Davis is a big, sharp-shooting power forward coming off his best statistical season. On the other, he's an immature 25-year-old who admitted he checked out mentally last postseason (only 4.9 points and 3.6 rebounds in 21.3 minutes per game) and has had palpable friction with Celtics coach Doc Rivers. There is definitely a "Buyer Beware" sign dangling around Davis' neck, one that could keep an overflow of big-money offers from pouring in.
Raptors (Joeys) Interest: 5/10 Reason: I like him alot, but we don't really need him. Attitude problems possible issue.
Age: 25 | 2010-11 Team: Nuggets | Position: G-F
'10-11 Stats: 12.3 ppg, 43.5 FG%, 2.2, apg, 4.1 rpg
SI: There are a handful of teams (Chicago, Indiana, New York) on the lookout for a starting "2" guard, and Smith could fit the bill. He's streaky -- really streaky -- and his attitude and defensive indifference are causes for concern. But Smith has that I Can Give You 20 Points When I Want capability, and pure scorers who can do it inside and out are hard to find.
Raptors (Joeys) Interest: 1/10 Reason: He's 38.
Age: 38 | 2010-11 Team: Suns | Position: F
'10-11 Stats: 13.2 ppg, 48.4 FG%, 39.5 3PT%, 4.2 rpg, 2.5 apg
SI: Hill passed on offers from Boston and New York to re-sign with Phoenix in 2009 but with the Suns rebuilding, he may jump at another opportunity. Hill's injury history (multiple ankle surgeries) is a thing of the past -- he has played at least 80 games in each of the last three seasons, averaging 12.2 points on 49.5 percent shooting, 2.4 assists and 4.9 boards in that span. Toss in his leadership and many contenders will be