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

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  • Nash

    13 33.33%
  • Batum

    15 38.46%
  • Mayo

    2 5.13%
  • Lin

    2 5.13%
  • Lee

    1 2.56%
  • Fields

    4 10.26%
  • Hinrich

    1 2.56%
  • Kidd

    0 0%
  • L.Williams

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Thread: Free Agency 2012

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    I like Augustin and I think we should go after him. His size is an issue, but he's got great play making skills, and has a really nice shot. He's already used to the half court offensive game by playing in Charlotte, so I think that would work well under Casey.

    He's got a really good assist/to ratio. His stats (this year) are actually very comparable to Felton, but is three years younger.

    He's no stud like DWill, CPaul or Rondo, but he may be a better guy to get for a reasonable price ($7-$8M/yr) than hoping to get someone like Kabongo who could end up a bust.

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    Augustin could be a good #2 PG. More of a PG than Bayless, IMO, allowing JB to play more as a SG and just score off the bench. Courtney Lee sounds pretty good to me as well. By the way, I think the RFA window is now only 3 days with the new CBA.

    Other than that we need some dynamic wing players and I don't see any

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    Quote big_chris wrote: View Post
    That list is underwhelming. Restricted free agents are risky to chase after. We could sign Lee to an offer sheet, but then our space is tied up for a player we don't even have. Rockets wait 7 day's, all the other free agents we wanted sign with other teams, Rockets match.

    Teams let players they want to keep hit RFA all the time. Sometimes at that point, they even encourage their guy to seek a contract elsewhere. Once market value is determined, they wait the full 7 day's, then match. It's something we should do with Derozan, even if we do want to keep him.
    In the new CBA it is now 3 days to match for a restricted free agent.

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    Quote SandmanFan wrote: View Post
    Other than that we need some dynamic wing players and I don't see any
    Mayo could be that guy. He's under-utilized, and under-appreciated in Memphis. The kid's a stud.
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    Outside of Beasley and Mayo whom would demand big bucks and starting roles I think there might be a few good players to look at filling out the bench. JJ Hickson might be a nice addition. Also have to take into consideration how to replace the points we'd lose if Barbosa moves onto another team after this season. I agree that this team is in bad need of starting calibre talent first, but all good teams have a good bench as well. I could see Hickson playing a Taj Gibson role for us off the bench.

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    Mayo or Lee for sure

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    I agree with most of you that these players are not likely starters. However, they are all still young players (obviously only being in the league for 3 years), and as the past shows Colangelo loves to roll the dice on young players with potential that need/want a change of scenery. Im thinking if we can sign two or three for cheap, to replace Gray, Butler and Magloire, than hopefully they can grow and become strong bench players who can start if others get hurt.

    I think Augustin will be a very strong second PG, and if Calderon leaves (Via trade) then he could start for a year.
    Mayo would be great if he is willing to come off the bench as well.

    I would offer each of the players something like 4-5 Mill for 2-3 years, and see how they play. If they do not work out, I would assume there would still be some intrest left (although not as much) where we could get another decent player back.

    I don't see us getting a star in Free agency, so getting a strong bench, with potential starters, while trying to get a star in the draft seems like a good option to me.

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    Augustin is playing great ball this season but I'm just not sold on his game yet...good shooter and rebounder, but his playmaking skills aren't great.

    The best option for the Raps (unless he gets extended) is Nick Batum...Portland wants to resign G Wallace, so it doesn't look like they can retain both. And, Batum can come on a short and cheap deal if he does go to RFA because he hasn't proven himself to be worthy of a big contract, but has shown great potential and all around skill.

    He would be an upgrade from what we have slotted at the 3 now that's for sure. Beasley could be nice but he's a loser..

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    I'd be happy giving up DeRozan, Amir, Barbosa and Bayless, to wind up with Mayo, Lee, SF from the draft lottery and a PG from late in the 1st round. This could be done in some combination of trade(s) and/or free agent signing(s), in addition to our own pick.

    LINEUP
    C: Valanciunas/veteran(Gray?)
    PF: Bargnani/Davis/Kleiza
    SF: lottery draft pick/Johnson/Kleiza
    SG: Mayo/Lee/Forbes
    PG: Calderon/late 1st round draft pick

    I think that's a pretty decent 12 man roster.
    Last edited by CalgaryRapsFan; Wed Jan 25th, 2012 at 11:56 AM.

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    i was thinkin lee but then i thought about weems. Idk weems might come back new and improved. I say resign weems instead of Lee. And im thinkin Jason Thompson as a back up C

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    Quote NoPropsneeded wrote: View Post
    i was thinkin lee but then i thought about weems. Idk weems might come back new and improved. I say resign weems instead of Lee. And im thinkin Jason Thompson as a back up C
    i never discount Sonny... he's one of my favourites... but, there are plenty of minutes to go around for solid contributors at the 2 & 3 spots.. especially if demar doesnt shape up

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    Quote big_chris wrote: View Post
    That list is underwhelming. Restricted free agents are risky to chase after. We could sign Lee to an offer sheet, but then our space is tied up for a player we don't even have. Rockets wait 7 day's, all the other free agents we wanted sign with other teams, Rockets match.

    Teams let players they want to keep hit RFA all the time. Sometimes at that point, they even encourage their guy to seek a contract elsewhere. Once market value is determined, they wait the full 7 day's, then match. It's something we should do with Derozan, even if we do want to keep him.
    The new CBA has a wait time of 3 days.

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    Quote planetmars wrote: View Post
    In the new CBA it is now 3 days to match for a restricted free agent.
    Whoops, you beat me to it.

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    Cournty Lee - strong D,great shot + 3 , good locker room guy.

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    There are tons of solid second unit players on that list. i would be suprised if the Raptors don't give at least a couple of offer sheets this summer.

    Any news, on what the front-office thinks about Bayless? Obviously, he won't be getting an extension today..but will they re-sign him in the off-season?
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    Quote Matt52 wrote: View Post
    The new CBA has a wait time of 3 days.
    I thought it was a one-time thing because of the shortened season. 3 day's is better then 7 for everybody involved.

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    I have some interest in Beasley as the starting SF. Beez may have struggled with maturity issues, but dude averaged 20+ points last year, as a decent rebounder as well. I think the best compliment to Bargs is a SF who is slightly oversized, and a great rebounder - like Beasley.

    If options like Batum or Fields from FA, or Barnes or Kidd-Gilchrist in the draft are available, then i'm all about that ... but I don't think Beasley should be thrown out as an option.
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    Beasley would be a huge gamble imo.

    Would you risk ruining some team chemistry, and possible maturity issues for him?
    I still am undecided.

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    I'm still trying to figure out how we didn't end up with Beasley with the Bosh S&T...
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    Quote Nilanka wrote: View Post
    I used to like Lee (back during his rookie year with Orlando), but he's been fairly quiet since then. Maybe he just overachieved playing with a good veteran team that made it to the finals.

    I love the idea of acquiring Mayo, but who knows what the asking price would be. If he's traded this year, it appears Memphis is looking for a 1st round pick in exchange, and you can guarantee Colangelo won't be giving that up unless a superstar is on his way to Toronto (Rudy Gay?).

    Augustine is a nice piece, but I don't see him being the PG to lead us to respectability. If we don't address the PG situation this summer, I don't mind rolling the dice with Calderon another season, and trying to land a PG in 2013.
    Well he's playing behind Kevin Martin in Houston now and Houston for sometime has been like a better version of what we've been having to put up with in Toronto, that being a lot of average players(depth) but not much star power. They spread the PT out so much there that it's hard to get major bench minutes. Thankfully Toronto is moving away from the focus spreading the wealth out over 90% of the roster.

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    I'm still trying to figure out how we didn't end up with Beasley with the Bosh S&T...
    I'm glad he's not here. Talent doesn't mean a thing if you don't have the professionalism, maturity or character.

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