Yes, but Amir is getting the minutes now because he's better than Ed.
By keeping Ed, we're gambling/hoping that he gets better based on nothing more than a handful of encouraging games this season.
But with Amir, you could definitely make the argument he's overpaid, but you know exactly what you're going to get from him, and he simply knows his role. I think we'd be hard-pressed to find a better backup PF who accepts his role and fits Casey's system.
Again, why trade him at all? You're paying him very little right now, and you're not going to get anything of value in return. If you want to just move one of the bigs because of the log gam of bigs just send Alabi packing and place Davis at the end of the bench. At the very least you have a much higher drafted player with much more potential at the end of the bench ready to sub in when required.
I think he functions much better as an asset that can be traded
3 - 4 million is a lot of money to pay your 12th man
After the first few PF (ie: Davis, T-Rob, Sullinger, McAdoo), there's a pretty big drop in talent at the PF position. For a team that wants to get a big and isn't interested in all the hit-or-miss wings and tweeners likely available in the #10-20 spots in the draft, I could definitely see some interest in Ed Davis. Especially if BC were to sweeten the pot with one/both of the Raptors 2nd round picks or even a future 1st round pick. Unless a team in the lottery is dead-set on drafting Marshall, I think Ed Davis could quite easily be turned into Marshall. But what do I know, none of us truly knows what value any player has around the league.
I dont think they will be gambling on Ed if they decide to keep him. They know what he can do, what he is capable of. All they need to figure out is how to make him consistently do those things, and from there, make him work harder to go to the next level. Last year he had 17/12 in dallas, 15/11 in minnesota, 13/15 and 21/11 in LA, and 22/13 in NY. He can be good if given minutes, but he needs to figure out how to do them on a consistent basis.
Either move him up in the rotation to get your money's worth, or trade him to address another need.
Either way, I'm just glad I'm not Colangelo.
He's got a lot of tough decisions to make this summer. It wouldn't surprise me to see half the roster gone.
I bet dollars to donuts he plays between 25 - 35 minutes to start fouls pending
Again I agree with Nilanka. He is currently in the stockpiling phase. He now has a TONNE of assets, picks, trade exception, two incoming Lottery picks, and a mountain of cap space. If ever there was a summer where this team was blown up and taken to the next phase it would be this one
despite what I feel about this kid either way if we draft thomas robinson both bargs and davis needs to go. its a unfair position for all parties.
Anyone who says trade Bargs fails to see the dynamic he creates when he is backed up by Amir and plays with JV
Barbosa is on the downward side of his career, was a rental player making $7M+ per season and the Raptors were refusing to take any salary back in return.
Davis is a young player who was extremely well regarded coming out of UNC, has showed some solid flashes, has a high ceiling to improve, is on a rookie-scale contract, is under control for several more season (ie: team would have his RFA and Bird rights long-term) and has done it all so far without a single NBA training camp or consistent playing time.
I think there would be significant interest in Davis. Yes, teams might try to get him at a discount, but if you throw in a few extras (ie: one/both of the 2012 2nd round draft picks), there's no reason why he shouldn't be worth a mid 1st round pick (especially if you are giving back the #35 pick in addition to Davis).
Ed Davis will be the one to go over Amir; there's just no way you can eventually pay Davis while also paying Bargs and DeRozan as well as keeping room on the books for Val and this year's rookie down the road. The problem is that Raps fans won't be too pleased with his market value.
The NBA is currently stocked with talented young bigs and lacks quality wings. Just like the Raps. Try to find a team that needs help in the frountcourt and has a wing or even a decent point to trade back. Colangelo has his work cut out for him if he wants to extract maximum value from Davis.
Fear of a player potentially improving following a trade, is never a good reason to hold onto a player who doesn't fit. After all, a good trade should benefit both teams. If Davis goes on to become a double-double machine, so be it. If the Raptors obtained a quality piece and are winning games, then we'd have no reason to regret the trade.
Colangelo needs to eliminate roster redundancy this summer, and with Bargnani and Valanciunas cemented, there's no room for both Amir and Davis. And as the Chisolm article highlights, Davis seems to be the odd man out.
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