View Poll Results: Who should be #1 on the Raptors' list to sign?

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  • Batum

    15 38.46%
  • Mayo

    2 5.13%
  • Lin

    2 5.13%
  • Lee

    1 2.56%
  • Fields

    4 10.26%
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    Default Free Agency 2012

    I don't think this thread has been started yet so here it goes.

    This is a big year for free agents. We have Dwight Howard, Kevin Love, Westbrook, Derron Williams, Kevin Garnett, Derrick Rose, Bynum, Chris Paul.....the list goes on and you can see the rest here:

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/s...eeAgents-11-12

    We've had a lot of conversations on who the Raptors should draft, but what about who they should sign? If we amnestied someone like Calderon we are actually in a position to offer out a lot of money and there are a number of players that would fit well here. I personally would love to get Westbrook (I'd give him the max) and Gallinari. What do you think?
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    I think the FA market will still depend on who gets offered an extension and who accepts, but to play along.....

    If i were BC, of course id go after the big names first, no matter how grim the chances are of getting them, who knows, they might like the offer....

    Howard, Westbrook, Rose, E. Gordon, Bynum, Batum

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    If we truly have confidence in Jonas going forward, do we make a run at Howard or Bynum (not that we have a chance)?
    Ideally we get to see how the draft plays out, who we pick, who other teams pick, and make a solid run at a player who his original team may not match because of their roster and draft pick.

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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought Paul agreed not to opt-out of his final year (I thought I heard the Clippers would only agree to the trade if they had Paul for 2 years).

    But definitely count me in for offering Westbrook max.

    As for Gallo, I think I'd rather see Wilson Chandler in a Raptors uniform.
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    Quote Nilanka wrote: View Post
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought Paul agreed not to opt-out of his final year (I thought I heard the Clippers would only agree to the trade if they had Paul for 2 years).

    But definitely count me in for offering Westbrook max.

    As for Gallo, I think I'd rather see Wilson Chandler in a Raptors uniform.
    You are 100% correct.

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    chandler all the way. love his game. saw so much of him here in the cba. it was funny how much better he was. starbury has been here the past couple years and is pretty ordinary stats wise with some nice passes they show on the sports channel but chandler embarrassed the entire league. other coaches (even the ones who have nba talent on thier teams) were whining and complaining that chandlers team had an unfair talent advantage. layed down some 50 pointers, awesome blocks on weak to the basket moves. just dominated the entire year. whoever signs chandler is getting the yao ming treatment for their teammates in shoe deals and tv money. he just blew up to the point of sillyness this year.

    also on galli, im pretty sure he is restricted so no chance denver lets him go. bargs minus 3 inches with more aggression.


    edited to add i also like felton a lot. and i think that if you fill the team out the free agency way you let BigV walk into center and package our pick with Davis/DD to get a superstar type player.
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    I know JaVale McGee is a bonehead, but he's young, athletic, has a great wing span and has an attitude which this team is sorely lacking. Perhaps getting him out of the Wizards locker would do him some good character wise. Great talent and isn't a huge name so we might actually have a chance at landing him.

    If Kaman could be had for cheap and for a short contract I wouldn't mind bringing him in to mentor Val.

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    Quote Nilanka wrote: View Post
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought Paul agreed not to opt-out of his final year (I thought I heard the Clippers would only agree to the trade if they had Paul for 2 years).

    But definitely count me in for offering Westbrook max.

    As for Gallo, I think I'd rather see Wilson Chandler in a Raptors uniform.
    Westbrook already signed an extention with OKC

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    The list has not been updated since CPaul has exercised his 2012 option and will not be a FA until 2013. DRose has already extended, and Galinari is very close. The Lakers will exercise their TO on Bynum assuming he isn't traded for DHoward (where Orlando will certainly exercise the option). Rumours about KLove getting extended, which they should do, but he does not seem to be aware of it. Portland and Batum do not appear to be close.

    Batum and Courtney Lee would be 2 RFA's I would go after, although as outlined in Matt's trade thread I am on board with trying to trade/S&T for Batum. I would definitely look at WChandler as well coming back from China.
    I seem to remember a week ago there was a report out of SAC that they will not be extending Jason Thompson nor extending the QO so he might be a decent target to backup JValenciunas.

    We do definitely need a PG, whether we keep Calderon or not, and each of Nash, DWilliams and RWestbrook offer different and appealing options, with Felton as another option. I am all over the place on what I would like to see here, but if we are not getting a young PG in the draft or deadline trade, I am not interested in Nash despite the musings of a Canadian homecoming retirement tour and the thoughts of ball control Nash/Calderon PG tandem.

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    My first and foremost target would be Eric Gordon and then Westbrook. I'd offer either the max.

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    Quote ceez wrote: View Post
    My first and foremost target would be Eric Gordon and then Westbrook. I'd offer either the max.
    I love Gordon's game, but the dude is made of glass. I would think twice about offering him max. He's looking like the next Yao Ming (in terms of never playing a full season). He misses over 20 games per year, which is like a month and a half of basketball.
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    Quote ceez wrote: View Post
    My first and foremost target would be Eric Gordon and then Westbrook. I'd offer either the max.
    Sign me up for Gordon as well. He'll be a tough nut to grab since I would imagine NO giving him the max as well.


    On the realistic side, I'd go for Batum, Chandler, Felton or Fields.

    On the somewhat realistic (but most likely will not happen) side, I'd go for Westbrook, Gordon, Augustin, or Nash.

    On the no way in hell will it happen, but a guy can dream side, I'd go for Howard.

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    Quote ceez wrote: View Post
    My first and foremost target would be Eric Gordon and then Westbrook. I'd offer either the max.
    The Max? Is it just me or should some of these second level stars be taking less than max deals to help build a team and afford themselves more individual success on a winning team.
    Westbrook is a hell of a player, but I think he has enough deficiencies to allow for a little less than max money, can his game evolve as his athleticism starts to fade?

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    I would like them to pick up Goran Dragic. He could be our younger Calderon at age 27, he can still grow with this team, and should come at a fair price. He needs to improve his assist numbers but thats something he can learn. In the 2013 draft we can address our point guard situation

    And Nicolas Batum would also be a great pick up for this team. We can also draft one of the stud SF in the draft with our pick this year.

    We may have enough to sign both. If we pick up Batum I think it is time to amnesty Kleiza. His money would sign Dragic. And then we have the mind level and whatever is left to fill the rest of our team. Bayless should be let go as well. Jason Thompson would be a good pick up as well. We also need a vet at SG that can knock down three's. Farmar might be a good fit.

    Jonas/Amir/Thompson
    Bargs/Ed Davis/Amir
    Batum/Rookie/J.J.
    DeMar/Farmar/Weems
    Calderon/Dragic
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    Personally, I think these dates need to have come and gone before getting a true idea of free agent targets:

    January 25th - deadline for rookie contracts to get extensions (Gordon, Batum, Westbrook might not be available come July 1st)
    March 15th - trade deadline
    June 28th - draft

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    Default Players I feel will be on the radar (not my recommendations)

    PG
    Chris Paul
    Russell Westbrook
    Ray Felton
    Steve Nash
    D.J. Augustine

    SG
    Eric Gordon
    Landry Fields
    O.J. Mayo

    SF
    Danilo Gallinari
    Nicolas Batum
    Boris Diaw
    Matt Barnes
    Andres Nocioni

    Obviously they're not going to have a realistic shot at some of these guys.

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    Quote Matt52 wrote: View Post
    Personally, I think these dates need to have come and gone before getting a true idea of free agent targets:

    January 25th - deadline for rookie contracts to get extensions (Gordon, Batum, Westbrook might not be available come July 1st)
    March 15th - trade deadline
    June 28th - draft
    Very true, I just thought it would be fun to have the hypothetical conversation.

    Quote ceez wrote: View Post
    My first and foremost target would be Eric Gordon and then Westbrook. I'd offer either the max.
    I'd take a look at Westbrook first. He puts up big numbers on a good team that is contending this year, Gordon on the other hand has been putting up numbers on a lottery team. Westbrook is also a better defender.

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    PG
    Chris Paul
    Russell Westbrook
    Ray Felton
    Steve Nash
    D.J. Augustine

    SG
    Eric Gordon
    Landry Fields
    O.J. Mayo

    SF
    Danilo Gallinari
    Nicolas Batum
    Boris Diaw
    Matt Barnes
    Andres Nocioni

    Obviously they're not going to have a realistic shot at some of these guys.
    Good list, I'd take a look at Westbrook, Fields, Gallinari, Batum, and Mayo in that order.
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    Quote hateslosing wrote: View Post
    Very true, I just thought it would be fun to have the hypothetical conversation.
    Sorry, didn't mean to be 'that guy'. It is just so much can change between now and July 1st.

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    Quote Apollo wrote: View Post
    PG
    Chris Paul
    Russell Westbrook
    Ray Felton
    Steve Nash
    D.J. Augustine

    SG
    Eric Gordon
    Landry Fields
    O.J. Mayo

    SF
    Danilo Gallinari
    Nicolas Batum
    Boris Diaw
    Matt Barnes
    Andres Nocioni

    Obviously they're not going to have a realistic shot at some of these guys.
    Paul has opted in for the 2012-13 option. Him opting in was the only way the Clippers included both Eric Gordon and the Minny draft pick.

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    personally, nash is prolly the best signing we could make this year, but im sure many would argue that fact. but imagien a pg duo of nash and calderon controlling the game? damnnnnn...i'd also be happy with d will, but thats not happening.

    still a lil early to guess who'll get signed, considering we dont know where/who we'll draft this year.

    so for arguments sake if:

    we're prolly gunna draft a SF (ideally MKG, barnes?), target free agent SGs:
    high end and prolly unaffordable: eric gordon, oj mayo ray allen
    affordable: jamal crawford, cj miles, nick young, bayless, barbosa - nash's good friend!

    but if we draft a SG (beal), target SF:
    high end: batum, gerald wallace - would be dope in toronto i think, how do u feel bout odom?

    a PG could be had in 2nd round and developed nicely behind calderon and nash, hell bring uzoh back.

    any combination of these players would make our already talented team even better.

    thoughts?

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