When I hear things like this in addition to "hitting the ground running next season" I think we are in for major shake ups this coming off season.
I still prefer Nico Batum by an insanely large margin. He is a better overall player than Chandler.
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He's only 25... Im in!!
My dream next year:
PG: Calderon, Bayless
SG: Demar, Barbosa
SF: Barnes, Chandler
PF: Bargnani, Ed
C: Valancuinas, Amir, Gray
win! (and hoping for another draft pick, mid-late first round and pick up Kabongo!)
The Raptors can make any offer as long as they have cap space available and he can suit up for the Raptors this year. They can sign him as soon as he gets his letter of clearance from CBA/FIBA as long as Denver does not match the offer. If Denver does want to sign him for the offer Toronto hypothetically offers, both teams would then have the option of exploring a sign and trade if agreeable.
I really love the idea of giving JJ someone like Chandler to work with.
Chandler would give this team another person who can carry the offensive load when things are not going well, a tough defensive player, someone who can stretch the floor out a bit.
You talk about 3-D players, players that can do it all, and I think Chandler is the perfect example of complete package. Yes he still has stuff to work on but he only has had 3 years to work in the nba.
I love it.
Stephen Brotherston's chat at HoopsWorld.com is littered with Wilson Chandler questions today.
These two grabbed my attention:
Wilson Chandler, JR Smith, Aaron Brooks; out of these 3 players, which one is more likely to sign with the Raptors when they come back from China in March?
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Trade talk is going to be heating up as we get closer to the availability of the players who signed in China and players signed at the start of the season 2-6 weeks away. There are some big names that are expected to change teams.
Colangelo covets Wilson Chandler – and why not – 24-year-old 6′ 8″ SF – a proven NBA commodity. I’ve liked his game for a while now. Raptors are expected to take a hard run at him once he can leave China.
Only fly in that ointment is Denver owns his rights – but Chandler may not want to return to mile high to back up DG. The door is definitely open here. Chandler is the most likely player the Raptors go for.
Colangelo has said he is looking for a PG of the future – if the future is now – Aaron Brooks will be quietly in the Raptors sights – in Toronto, not hearing about a player target isn’t unusual – Colangelo often likes to run in stealth mode
I don't think Brotherston answered the question that was asked but I really liked his answer for the way he interpreted the question:
Re: Wilson Chandler.
In thinking about this today, the Raptors have few legit assets (Bargnani, DD, Jonas, 1st Round Pick, and to a lesser degree, Barbosa, Calderon and Ed Davis).
Meanwhile, The Nuggets have TONS and TONS of players and assets.
So my question:
Masai Ujuri or Bryan Colangelo?
Masai and Colangelo still talk – Colangelo wants Chandler – Masai will find something he wants from Toronto if Chandler makes it clear he doesn’t want to come back to Denver (because Denver has TONS of players). It’s often easier to make deals with friends.
I would prefer the Raptors take a chance on Nicolas Batum, a higher risk contract for a player whose ceiling may be much higher than Wilson Chandler's. Or lower if he turns out to be nothing more than a 6th to 8th man.
Last edited by CalgaryRapsFan; Mon Jan 30th, 2012 at 04:48 PM.
Wilson Chandler would be a great and cheaper fit than, to go after Batum in the off-season. Referring to the draft. I think with this move I see BryCo goin for someone like Bradly Beal to help out in the back court. With the lost of probably Calderon and Barbosa the two picks will be used to help out the guard position
While I like Batum a lot, I read not too long ago that the Raps bypassed him in the draft because he refused to take a medical test (maybe of the dna variety) as there is a history of heart issues (his dad died while playing).
That Portland team seems snake bitten isn't it? Even Aldridge is suspect in the heart area. So, this maybe an issue with BC still.
But the Raps doc statement made him drop big time on the draft ladder, so he might still feel a bit bitter against us, which would hurt our chances to sign him...
Anyway, I'm quite convinced he'll get traded by the deadline, cause the Blazers can't afford to have to choose between overpaying him and letting him go for nothing. So why not grabbing him in March and resign him this summer...
Batum's definitely a lot more intriguing just because he hasn't really had the consistent starter minutes that Chandler has. Everyone pretty well knows what Chandler can and cannot do at this point, which works for and against him. A part of me wants to get Batum just because his potential seems limitless, but at the same time we've already got a bunch of potential-loaded players that we're hoping will pan out (including Jonas next year). So maybe an established player is exactly what we need to help stabilize the foundation.
A contending team can't solely be built around draft picks and projects. Not all of those players are going to work out and at a certain point you have to fill some gaps with more established players (just like Chicago has). So if Chandler can be had at a reasonable price, I think you do it just to have one less question mark on the roster. I do like Batum's game though.
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