Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 54

Thread: The art of 'hitting the ground running': What realistic piece would help HTGR? (39)

  1. #1
    Raptors Republic All-Star Jclaw's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    1,564
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default The art of 'hitting the ground running': What realistic piece would help HTGR? (39)

    So I guess this is the financial upside of the Barbosa trade. If he stayed and his contract came of the books july 1st, we would have that money to spend but so would every other team with expiring contracts. By getting rid of it now, we have about $12 million in cap space to use before July 1st (apparently a larger amount than most according to Bryco on the radio today). We all know what an (non) asset the TPE was...what do you think of this bargaining chip? I guess teams with realistic shots at big name FA's might be dumping talented players to clear room for July 1st. Any recent trades like that come to mind?

    http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/2...ers_breakdown/

    edit: just don't post this one o On June 13, 2009, Miami acquired Jermaine O'Neal, Jamario Moon, a future first-round pick and a 2010 second-round pick from Toronto in exchange for Shawn Marion, Marcus Banks and cash considerations.[51]
    Last edited by Jclaw; Thu Mar 15th, 2012 at 09:09 PM.

  2. #2
    Raptors Republic Hall of Famer mcHAPPY's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    19,350
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Jclaw wrote: View Post
    So I guess this is the financial upside of the Barbosa trade. If he stayed and his contract came of the books july 1st, we would have that money to spend but so would every other team with expiring contracts. By getting rid of it now, we have about $12 million in cap space to use before July 1st (apparently a larger amount than most according to Bryco on the radio today). We all know what an (non) asset the TPE was...what do you think of this bargaining chip? I guess teams with realistic shots at big name FA's might be dumping talented players to clear room for July 1st. Any recent trades like that come to mind?

    http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/2...ers_breakdown/
    *I will apologize now but I am going to change your title because it is misleading.*

    The trade deadline for the 2011-12 season has passed. Trades can be made at the conclusion of the season among non-playoff teams and play-off teams can make trades once they are eliminated. The league usually places a ban on trades during the Finals as to not take away the hype from it (LBJ missed that memo as he had an interview regarding free agency with Larry King DURING the finals in 2010).


    As to your post, this does put the Raptors in a better position at the end of the season and, more importantly in my opinion, on draft night. Many trades often happen on draft night but delayed until after July 1st or July 7th - much like the JO-Ford trade 4 years ago - so I don't see it as a huge deal. However the Raptors can certainly talk with teams after the season and during the draft with all parties knowing something can be done immediately.


    With the move, the Raptors can pull off some pretty significant trades as they can take back up to $12M in salary before worrying about sending any out to match under CBA rules.

  3. #3
    Raptors Republic All-Star Jclaw's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    1,564
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Good clarification. Thanks. I agree, it could make draft night more interesting.

  4. #4
    Raptors Republic Hall of Famer mcHAPPY's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    19,350
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default The art of 'hitting the ground running'

    "The growth of these young players and the opportunity that they're going to have to play night in and night out against the best talent out there, that's all positive. To put ourselves in position to hit the ground running in the following season, that will be deemed a success." - Colangelo, on the goals of this season and the future

    http://www.nationalpost.com/sinking+...615/story.html

    There have been a lot of negative criticism regarding the Barbosa trade - especially on the homepage of RR. Most people are lamenting over the return of 'only' a second round pick and cap space. Personally, I disagree - and I'll explain why in a bit.

    Regarding draft picks, it was clear there was a high premium placed on first round draft picks. All picks traded had some form of protection attached or picks were traded that already had restrictions in place (Dallas' top 20 pick from LAL that went to Houston). Examples of teams receiving picks had them taking $6M in salary for next year with lottery protections on the pick (Cleveland/Walton/LAL pick) and Portland received NJ's pick with top 3 protections but they sent away an older, established, expensive player (Wallace - 30 this summer) that no longer fit with the plans with the plans in Portland (personally, I think NJ are nuts and extremely short-sighted but I understand why they did it - especially if the pick becomes top 3).

    With regards to taking back players, it is a catch 22. Like it or not, if you add talent to Toronto you are risking reducing opportunity to get a high pick. Call it tanking or what you will - be for it or against it but please don't debate it here - but at the end of the day it is true. Nothing is definite but why put yourself in position to risk missing the opportunity? Also, if you bring in a talented player, you have to play them. If the Raptors are to figure out who is staying or going for next season, who is a part of the core moving forward and who is not, then they have to play. With regards to the Barbosa trade this is especially relevant to Bayless and to a lesser extent, Forbes.

    So back to the 'hitting the ground running' rhetoric and why the deal is important for Toronto. Expiring deals are great for cap space and free agency AFTER July 1st. Until July 1st - i.e. once the season ends and especially draft night - expiring contracts are still counting against the cap. By trading Barbosa, the Raptors have now created another $7.6M in cap space that can be used to acquire players via trade. Personally, I like this route versus the many variables that go in to free agency and especially restricted free agency. The addition of a second 2nd round pick also acts as a sweetener or bonus in any possible trade which certainly does not hurt - in addition to possible future picks with or without protections.

    The Raptors are now in a position to add up to $12M in salary before sending out a penny in return. Needless to say that amount of money could come in extremely useful if a team decides to blow it up like Portland did or go in another direction like both Milwaukee and Golden State did.

    Also the cap holds of JV, 2012 pick, Weems, and Bayless do not count against the salary cap until July 1st. The Raptors can act in a manner before July 1st without having to lose assets for nothing in pursuit of a free agent. They would also then have Bird Rights and sign and trade possibilities with Weems and Bayless.

    Finally, the Raptors - assuming they acquire salary via trade prior to July 1st - would then have their exceptions to use (bi-annual and MLE).


    So to wrap up the 'hitting the ground running' propaganda:


    The Raptors could take the core they have now in to next year (JV, Calderon, Bargnani, Amir, JJ, DD, ED, Kleiza, and Forbes) and:

    - before July 1st they could acquire a starter quality player via trade and add draft pick(s)

    - after July 1st add experience, toughness, and shooting via MLE and bi-annual exception.


    The whole scenario rests on making a trade prior to July 1st but if they did and then took advantage of MLE which would (hopefully) add another useful piece, the Raptors might be in really good position to hit the ground running next year.

    Also then next summer the Raptors would have all their cap space allocated and could use their Bird Rights to retain RFA's (DD and JJ) or perform sign and trades (i.e. not lose an asset for absolutely nothing).


    Anyone else want some BC-flavoured kool-aid?

  5. #5
    Raptors Republic All-Star WJF's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Nova Scotia
    Posts
    1,496
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    I am on board with this.

  6. #6
    Raptors Republic Starter saints91's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    London,ON
    Posts
    996
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Matt52 wrote: View Post
    There have been a lot of negative criticism regarding the Barbosa trade - especially on the homepage of RR. Most people are lamenting over the return of 'only' a second round pick and cap space. Personally, I disagree - and I'll explain why in a bit.

    Regarding draft picks, it was clear there was a high premium placed on first round draft picks. All picks traded had some form of protection attached or picks were traded that already had restrictions in place (Dallas' top 20 pick from LAL that went to Houston). Examples of teams receiving picks had them taking $6M in salary for next year with lottery protections on the pick (Cleveland/Walton/LAL pick) and Portland received NJ's pick with top 3 protections but they sent away an older, established, expensive player (Wallace - 30 this summer) that no longer fit with the plans with the plans in Portland (personally, I think NJ are nuts and extremely short-sighted but I understand why they did it - especially if the pick becomes top 3).

    With regards to taking back players, it is a catch 22. Like it or not, if you add talent to Toronto you are risking reducing opportunity to get a high pick. Call it tanking or what you will - be for it or against it but please don't debate it here - but at the end of the day it is true. Nothing is definite but why put yourself in position to risk missing the opportunity? Also, if you bring in a talented player, you have to play them. If the Raptors are to figure out who is staying or going for next season, who is a part of the core moving forward and who is not, then they have to play. With regards to the Barbosa trade this is especially relevant to Bayless and to a lesser extent, Forbes.

    So back to the 'hitting the ground running' rhetoric and why the deal is important for Toronto. Expiring deals are great for cap space and free agency AFTER July 1st. Until July 1st - i.e. once the season ends and especially draft night - expiring contracts are still counting against the cap. By trading Barbosa, the Raptors have now created another $7.6M in cap space that can be used to acquire players via trade. Personally, I like this route versus the many variables that go in to free agency and especially restricted free agency. The addition of a second 2nd round pick also acts as a sweetener or bonus in any possible trade which certainly does not hurt - in addition to possible future picks with or without protections.

    The Raptors are now in a position to add up to $12M in salary before sending out a penny in return. Needless to say that amount of money could come in extremely useful if a team decides to blow it up like Portland did or go in another direction like both Milwaukee and Golden State did.

    Also the cap holds of JV, 2012 pick, Weems, and Bayless do not count against the salary cap until July 1st. The Raptors can act in a manner before July 1st without having to lose assets for nothing in pursuit of a free agent. They would also then have Bird Rights and sign and trade possibilities with Weems and Bayless.

    Finally, the Raptors - assuming they acquire salary via trade prior to July 1st - would then have their exceptions to use (bi-annual and MLE).


    So to wrap up the 'hitting the ground running' propaganda:


    The Raptors could take the core they have now in to next year (JV, Calderon, Bargnani, Amir, JJ, DD, ED, Kleiza, and Forbes) and:

    - before July 1st they could acquire a starter quality player via trade and add draft pick(s)

    - after July 1st add experience, toughness, and shooting via MLE and bi-annual exception.


    The whole scenario rests on making a trade prior to July 1st but if they did and then took advantage of MLE which would (hopefully) add another useful piece, the Raptors might be in really good position to hit the ground running next year.

    Also then next summer the Raptors would have all their cap space allocated and could use their Bird Rights to retain RFA's (DD and JJ) or perform sign and trades (i.e. not lose an asset for absolutely nothing).


    Anyone else want some BC-flavoured kool-aid?


    After hearing the interviews with Colangelo the trade does make more sense. Hopefully he has the chance to use the flexibility during that second trading period. There's a lot of "what if's" hanging around our future. Hopefully it's not more smoke.

  7. #7
    Raptors Republic Veteran ceez's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    6,755
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    good thread. all the people freaking out about the barbosa trade gave me a wicked headache.
    @jerboat

  8. #8
    Super Moderator CalgaryRapsFan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Posts
    4,287
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Nice post.

    I couldn't figure out why anybody was opposed to the trade, aside from hoping they could have gotten more for Barbosa. If there is one thing about BC that I am confident about, is that he ensured the deal with Indi was the best option without salary coming back.

    POSITIVES
    - more cap space ahead of the July 1st date, before expiring contracts are cleared off the books
    - makes the the team slightly worse this season, helping the "drive for top 5" pick in the upcoming draft (sounds more positive than "tank nation" lol)
    - an additional 2nd round pick in the draft and/or another tradeable asset
    - more playing/evaluation time for Bayless and Forbes, even when Calderon comes back
    - Barbosa could very well still re-sign here in the offseason, as if he never left

    CONS
    - hurts the Raps playoff drive??? Seriously, what down side is there really to this trade???

  9. #9
    Raptors Republic Veteran ceez's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    6,755
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Odds of us actually drafting players with both 2nd round picks is slim to none. Maybe he'll sell the pacers one for cash.

  10. #10
    Super Moderator CalgaryRapsFan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Posts
    4,287
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Matt, I couldn't help but channel your Nash post while reading a quote from BC in a TSN article about the Barbosa trade.

    Article Link: http://www.tsn.ca/nba/story/?id=390416

    Colangelo said several teams inquired about starting point guard Jose Calderon.

    "He's an important piece to us right now, he's our No. 1 point guard, he's our starting point guard, and until we're in a position to replace that, that obviously is going to stay the case," Colangelo said. "We like what he's doing with this group, he's really playing at a high level under coach (Dwane) Casey."
    I wonder if all that cap space to make a trade ahead of the draft might be used to target a replacement like say, oh I don't know, Nash??? The Raptors could look to trade away Calderon and his expiring contract for another pick in the draft in one deal (Calderon & one/both 2nd round picks for a 1st round pick?), after working a S&T deal with Phoenix to bring in Nash as Calderon's replacement (maybe a 2nd round pick to Phoenix as a thank you for doing the S&T).

    It was just the way BC worded his message that got me thinking... and it was also a backhanded slap across Bayless' face, not to be considered an internal replacement for Calderon. It seems that BC really wants to have a pass-first PG running the show.
    Last edited by CalgaryRapsFan; Fri Mar 16th, 2012 at 10:29 AM.

  11. #11
    Raptors Republic All-Star slaw's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Calgary
    Posts
    2,095
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Matt52 wrote: View Post

    Anyone else want some BC-flavoured kool-aid?
    Sorry, not drinking the BC kool-aid anymore.

    This all sounds great in theory but implicit is the assumption that Colangelo will make the correct decisions. I have no confidence in that. Even granting that, cap space is only good if free agents will take your money and/or their are trades available to get elite talent back. Not only are those unknowns right now but I have real questions about whether this team has any assets that can be moved for a good return.

    You can be optimistic about the position Toronto has put itself in but this talk about "hitting the ground running" or "the rebuilding is over and we're building", "the future is bright"... sorry. The rebuilding hasn't even started yet, they're still tearing it down. The rebuilding willl begin next year when JV and the 2012 pick arrive and whatever other young talent Colangelo finds to put around them. The financial position Toronto is in gives them opportunities but the future is only going to be bright if those opportunities are capitalized on in a meaningful way. This management team had a lot of opportunities in the summer of 2006 and it blew. Let's hope it has things figured out this time.
    Last edited by slaw; Fri Mar 16th, 2012 at 10:52 AM.

  12. #12
    Raptors Republic Starter jimmie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    Ottawa
    Posts
    491
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote CalgaryRapsFan wrote: View Post
    Matt, I couldn't help but channel your Nash post while reading a quote from BC in a TSN article about the Barbosa trade.

    Article Link: http://www.tsn.ca/nba/story/?id=390416

    I wonder if all that cap space to make a trade ahead of the draft might be used to target a replacement like say, oh I don't know, Nash??? The Raptors could look to trade away Calderon and his expiring contract for another pick in the draft in one deal, after working a S&T deal with Phoenix to bring in Nash as Calderon's replacement.

    It was just the way BC worded his message that got me thinking... and it was also a backhanded slap across Bayless' face, not to be considered an internal replacement for Calderon. It seems that BC really wants to have a pass-first PG running the show.
    I don't know... I thought it sounded like maybe someone younger. I mean, Nash would certainly be a "replacement" for Calderon, but not a long-term one. They still need that young PG, unless Colangelo thinks Nash has 4-5 good years left in him to stay with the current core of youngsters through their development to contenders. They'll need to either sign a young guy who can start now and into the next 4 years or so, or sign a temporary solution like Nash along with drafting or signing a guy who can understudy Nash/Calderon. If the 2nd is the way they plan to go, then I'd personally just stick with Calderon unless Nash is coming cheap.

    In my opinion, Bayless is already written off as a potential replacement to Calderon by management. That's just a guess. I do think he still has a chance to grab the Barbosa, off-the-bench scorer role down the stretch here if he really proves he's worth more than $4M/year in that role, but even that's no sure thing. Colangelo keeps drilling the "flexibility" angle, so tying up over $4M in a QO for Bayless on July 1 doesn't seem like it will be in the plans...

    I really like the interview; shows they have been planning for this summer for the past 2 years with the moves they've been making. Strategy and exceution have been sound. The groundwork has been set. Now, as Slaw says, it's time to see if they can make the "right" decisions...
    Definition of Statistics: The science of producing unreliable facts from reliable figures.

  13. #13
    Raptors Republic Starter SuperRaptor's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Vancouver, BC
    Posts
    475
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Matt52 wrote: View Post
    There have been a lot of negative criticism regarding the Barbosa trade - especially on the homepage of RR. Most people are lamenting over the return of 'only' a second round pick and cap space. Personally, I disagree - and I'll explain why in a bit.

    Regarding draft picks, it was clear there was a high premium placed on first round draft picks. All picks traded had some form of protection attached or picks were traded that already had restrictions in place (Dallas' top 20 pick from LAL that went to Houston). Examples of teams receiving picks had them taking $6M in salary for next year with lottery protections on the pick (Cleveland/Walton/LAL pick) and Portland received NJ's pick with top 3 protections but they sent away an older, established, expensive player (Wallace - 30 this summer) that no longer fit with the plans with the plans in Portland (personally, I think NJ are nuts and extremely short-sighted but I understand why they did it - especially if the pick becomes top 3).

    With regards to taking back players, it is a catch 22. Like it or not, if you add talent to Toronto you are risking reducing opportunity to get a high pick. Call it tanking or what you will - be for it or against it but please don't debate it here - but at the end of the day it is true. Nothing is definite but why put yourself in position to risk missing the opportunity? Also, if you bring in a talented player, you have to play them. If the Raptors are to figure out who is staying or going for next season, who is a part of the core moving forward and who is not, then they have to play. With regards to the Barbosa trade this is especially relevant to Bayless and to a lesser extent, Forbes.

    So back to the 'hitting the ground running' rhetoric and why the deal is important for Toronto. Expiring deals are great for cap space and free agency AFTER July 1st. Until July 1st - i.e. once the season ends and especially draft night - expiring contracts are still counting against the cap. By trading Barbosa, the Raptors have now created another $7.6M in cap space that can be used to acquire players via trade. Personally, I like this route versus the many variables that go in to free agency and especially restricted free agency. The addition of a second 2nd round pick also acts as a sweetener or bonus in any possible trade which certainly does not hurt - in addition to possible future picks with or without protections.

    The Raptors are now in a position to add up to $12M in salary before sending out a penny in return. Needless to say that amount of money could come in extremely useful if a team decides to blow it up like Portland did or go in another direction like both Milwaukee and Golden State did.

    Also the cap holds of JV, 2012 pick, Weems, and Bayless do not count against the salary cap until July 1st. The Raptors can act in a manner before July 1st without having to lose assets for nothing in pursuit of a free agent. They would also then have Bird Rights and sign and trade possibilities with Weems and Bayless.

    Finally, the Raptors - assuming they acquire salary via trade prior to July 1st - would then have their exceptions to use (bi-annual and MLE).


    So to wrap up the 'hitting the ground running' propaganda:


    The Raptors could take the core they have now in to next year (JV, Calderon, Bargnani, Amir, JJ, DD, ED, Kleiza, and Forbes) and:

    - before July 1st they could acquire a starter quality player via trade and add draft pick(s)

    - after July 1st add experience, toughness, and shooting via MLE and bi-annual exception.


    The whole scenario rests on making a trade prior to July 1st but if they did and then took advantage of MLE which would (hopefully) add another useful piece, the Raptors might be in really good position to hit the ground running next year.

    Also then next summer the Raptors would have all their cap space allocated and could use their Bird Rights to retain RFA's (DD and JJ) or perform sign and trades (i.e. not lose an asset for absolutely nothing).


    Anyone else want some BC-flavoured kool-aid?
    You raise a very interesting and valid point Matt. The flexibility prior to July 1st compared to after July 1st is something I was not aware of. Very good post.

  14. #14
    Raptors Republic All-Star Balls of Steel's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Richmond Hill, ON
    Posts
    1,970
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote ceez wrote: View Post
    good thread. all the people freaking out about the barbosa trade gave me a wicked headache.
    I know. I don't understand why ppl are freaking out. I think a second rounder is much better than expected. I mean its not like we went after Gerald Wallace and gave up a first rounder for him (sorry New Jersey). Also, as for the playoff talk, that's absolutely nonsense. What, they sneak in and then be blown out of the water in 3 games? Wonderful. Besides, I want to see Forbes more. Didn't the team went after him and gave him another two years? He was rotting at the end of the bench until recently.
    “The saving of our world from pending doom will come, not through the complacent adjustment of the conforming majority, but through the creative maladjustment of a nonconforming minority.” - Martin Luther King

  15. #15
    Raptors Republic Hall of Famer mcHAPPY's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    19,350
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote CalgaryRapsFan wrote: View Post
    Matt, I couldn't help but channel your Nash post while reading a quote from BC in a TSN article about the Barbosa trade.

    Article Link: http://www.tsn.ca/nba/story/?id=390416



    I wonder if all that cap space to make a trade ahead of the draft might be used to target a replacement like say, oh I don't know, Nash??? The Raptors could look to trade away Calderon and his expiring contract for another pick in the draft in one deal (Calderon & one/both 2nd round picks for a 1st round pick?), after working a S&T deal with Phoenix to bring in Nash as Calderon's replacement (maybe a 2nd round pick to Phoenix as a thank you for doing the S&T).

    It was just the way BC worded his message that got me thinking... and it was also a backhanded slap across Bayless' face, not to be considered an internal replacement for Calderon. It seems that BC really wants to have a pass-first PG running the show.
    As long as Calderon doesn't have any major injury before the end of the season (*knock on wood*), I think he does have value before July 1st. I agree he could be a piece in any Nash trade - or anyone else for that matter.

    I had not read this article until now but it basically says the same thing I was trying to get across. If I had read this I could have saved myself a lot of time and just copy and pasted with the link!

  16. #16
    Raptors Republic Veteran Nilanka's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    5,962
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Balls of Steel wrote: View Post
    I know. I don't understand why ppl are freaking out. I think a second rounder is much better than expected. I mean its not like we went after Gerald Wallace and gave up a first rounder for him (sorry New Jersey). Also, as for the playoff talk, that's absolutely nonsense. What, they sneak in and then be blown out of the water in 3 games? Wonderful. Besides, I want to see Forbes more. Didn't the team went after him and gave him another two years? He was rotting at the end of the bench until recently.
    The people freaking out are the ones who play Yahoo! fantasy sports leagues and assume real life operates in the same fashion.
    Last edited by Nilanka; Fri Mar 16th, 2012 at 11:12 AM.
    "I don't lie. I willfully participate in a campaign of misinformation." - Fox Mulder

  17. #17
    Raptors Republic Veteran Nilanka's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    5,962
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    When Bob McCown asked Colangelo what the maximum cap space the Raptors could have this summer, Colangelo didn't hesitate to answer "$20 million".

    That $20 million can really only be obtained if Calderon is amnestied. Wonder if Colangelo realistically has any plans of doing so (if he has a specific free agent in mind who he desperately wants).
    "I don't lie. I willfully participate in a campaign of misinformation." - Fox Mulder

  18. #18
    Raptors Republic Hall of Famer mcHAPPY's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    19,350
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote slaw wrote: View Post
    Sorry, not drinking the BC kool-aid anymore.

    This all sounds great in theory but implicit is the assumption that Colangelo will make the correct decisions. I have no confidence in that. Even granting that, cap space is only good if free agents will take your money and/or their are trades available to get elite talent back. Not only are those unknowns right now but I have real questions about whether this team has any assets that can be moved for a good return.

    You can be optimistic about the position Toronto has put itself in but this talk about "hitting the ground running" or "the rebuilding is over and we're building", "the future is bright"... sorry. The rebuilding hasn't even started yet, they're still tearing it down. The rebuilding willl begin next year when JV and the 2012 pick arrive and whatever other young talent Colangelo finds to put around them. The financial position Toronto is in gives them opportunities but the future is only going to be bright if those opportunities are capitalized on in a meaningful way. This management team had a lot of opportunities in the summer of 2006 and it blew. Let's hope it has things figured out this time.
    Colangelo has every right to have non-kool-aid drinkers among the followers. I can't blame you for that.

    Will Colangelo make the right decisions and will those opportunities be available? Who knows? But it is at least a possibility. If the trade wasn't made there would be no possibility whatsoever. Despite what one thinks of Colangelo, there is at least a chance versus the alternative prior to the trade. I did attempt to phrase all of this as a possibility - not a given, sorry if I failed at that.

    Regardless of the stage of the rebuild, it takes time to clear the roster of players (and more importantly their contracts). Considering the Raptors are just a little over a year and a half removed from 'starting from scratch' (i.e. centre piece left), I like where we are.

    In the bolded section, the whole point of the post was to highlight the opportunities you mention as a result of the Barbosa trade. The possibilities are there which is why the Barbosa trade was made. It does remain to be seen what happens. You don't have faith - I can respect that.

  19. #19
    Raptors Republic Hall of Famer mcHAPPY's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    19,350
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote jimmie wrote: View Post
    I don't know... I thought it sounded like maybe someone younger. I mean, Nash would certainly be a "replacement" for Calderon, but not a long-term one. They still need that young PG, unless Colangelo thinks Nash has 4-5 good years left in him to stay with the current core of youngsters through their development to contenders. They'll need to either sign a young guy who can start now and into the next 4 years or so, or sign a temporary solution like Nash along with drafting or signing a guy who can understudy Nash/Calderon. If the 2nd is the way they plan to go, then I'd personally just stick with Calderon unless Nash is coming cheap.

    In my opinion, Bayless is already written off as a potential replacement to Calderon by management. That's just a guess. I do think he still has a chance to grab the Barbosa, off-the-bench scorer role down the stretch here if he really proves he's worth more than $4M/year in that role, but even that's no sure thing. Colangelo keeps drilling the "flexibility" angle, so tying up over $4M in a QO for Bayless on July 1 doesn't seem like it will be in the plans...

    I really like the interview; shows they have been planning for this summer for the past 2 years with the moves they've been making. Strategy and exceution have been sound. The groundwork has been set. Now, as Slaw says, it's time to see if they can make the "right" decisions...
    I think the qualifying offer is dependent upon what they do prior to the draft or on draft night. If they have made a trade and are close to/at/above the salary cap, I think he gets qualifying offer.

  20. #20
    Raptors Republic Hall of Famer mcHAPPY's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    19,350
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Nilanka wrote: View Post
    When Bob McCown asked Colangelo what the maximum cap space the Raptors could have this summer, Colangelo didn't hesitate to answer "$20 million".

    That $20 million can really only be obtained if Calderon is amnestied. Wonder if Colangelo realistically has any plans of doing so (if he has a specific free agent in mind who he desperately wants).
    I wouldn't read too much in to it. McCown asked him what the max was and the max is around $20M. You are absolutely right it would mean Calderon (or Bargnani) was amnestied. But the question asked was answered with fact. Now if McCown followed up with, "Are you going to avail of the maximum amount of cap space you could have?" and BC answered, "Yes." Then i would read a lot more in to it.

Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 LastLast

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •