Never wise to be foolish by yourself Matt. You don't have anyone to toss under the bus to deflect attention then.
1. Because he has an awesome name.
2. We need someone to replace Alabi as "project center who probably won't work out."
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Robert Sacre should be our project center that likely won't work out
That's why I am unhappy with Colangelo for trading away a player I wanted the Raptors to resign for a measly 2nd round pick. Why risk losing the goodwill of a productive player who, at least publicly, said he wanted to resign with the team? I am sure the damage can be repaired but it will cost us ($).
I doubt Kabongo falls to the second round in a draft that has very few PGs
Not sure if it will be used but it certainly creates more opportunities than the alternative of no trade.
Also I am not 100% certain all GM's feel a 2nd round pick is a worthless - especially on draft night when their ego is telling them, "This guy is a sleeper!"
Barbosa is also unrestricted. If he is wanted and the feeling is mutual, he'll be back.
It's hard to know what an athlete would prefer - the chance to play in the playoffs and for a title but on a different team - or the ability to stay at home and not be uprooted.
As a family guy I'd prefer not to be uprooted even if it meant more salary/better location. But I'm not making $7M a year, and am not a professional athlete. Barbosa may have loved the fact that Toronto traded him to a contender. He may come back to Toronto as a UFA pleased that he was given that opportunity. He seems to be close to Bryan as well and so the trade may have been mutual. I don't think there will be any ill feelings, but you never really know.
9. Damian Lillard
12. Kendall Marshall
19. Tony Wroten Jr.
13. Damian Lillard
14. Kendall Marshall
21. Tony Wroten Jr.
28. Tyshawn Taylor
To be fair, Draft Express still has Kabongo in their 2013 Mock Draft as few people until today anticipated that he might be coming out.
But by looking at the similar rankings between the two, it seems fair to assume that both, at best, would have 3 PGs drafted ahead of Kabongo. I don’t think it is out of the question, after the season he had mind you, that Kabongo could slip into the second round unless he has wows someone in workouts.
Also, some of the contending teams I think will be willing to sell off their late first rounders for additional assets. Would the 27th pick be able to be had for the 35th, 52nd, and some money? I think it could.
It would also be possible to open this up further into a larger deal…but then we are just getting into other hypotheticals about who we get with our First Rounder.
Kabongo is a fast, pass-first point guard who needs to work on his shot - much like Marshall minus the speed and athleticism.
The rest of those guys are point guards who need to work on their passing - which is a common theme in the NBA.
Give me Marshall and Kabongo over the rest - and I'm actually trying to be objective on Kabongo.
BTW, NBA.com has their first mock draft with Kabongo at #27.
The team that Toronto should target is Atlanta.. their pick would be the 19th in the draft now. They did sell their 2nd rounder to GSW already (to bad Toronto didn't swoop in on that one).
That I think is the perfect spot to get Kabongo. That pick would come before teams like Indiana, Miami, Orlando or Memphis get their pick.
Since Atlanta does not have a 2nd rounder.. I wonder if they wouldn't mind a trade for their 1st rounder for our two 2nd rounders (+ cash)?? We could even throw in Alabi
I wonder if Bryan is even thinking about Kabongo at all. It's an assumption but makes a lot of sense. Bryan has said he's looking for a PG for the future. Kabongo is Canadian (which would please the fan base), and he was looking at Joseph last year.
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