I would like Josh Smith if we knew we could re-sign him right away, he is only under contract for 2012/13 and is 26 years old.
I do think Granger could be had as well, Indiana has a stud in George and he has good knees as well. I would hate to see Granger turn into Brandon Roy. While he could be had, not sure I want him.
I would take Okafor if we got NO's 10th pick from Minnesota, perhaps trade Kleiza or Amir. He might restrict our cap space for a few years but I think he would be great piece as Jonas is learning the game. With two draft picks we may be able to grab Lillard and Lamb. Or perhaps use our two 2nd rounders to move up to grab Barnes, and then draft Lamb if he's available at 10.
Calderon/?? (Dragic if we have the cap room)/????
That's a pretty sweet line-up
From the initial list, on order of preference:
Gay (I believe unlikely, but with the tax line you never know ... Memphis' playoff performance may also play a factor)
Granger (Great duo with George, but maybe they see George as the future SF ... we could send Demar)
Iggy (Most likely, and maybe the best fit under Casey - but not a fantastic 3 point shooter ... a win, but not huge)
These are the easiest moves, roster-wise ... meaning, they don't require other big pieces to be swapped, and they don't create roster holes with the transaction.
The only way to bag a classy lady is to give her two tickets to the gun show... and see if she likes the goods.
Prior to July 1st, no one can 'spend', just trade. Situations where Toronto can benefit:
1) a luxury tax team looking to shed salary before the tax bill on June 30th,
2) a team stuck in mediocre purgatory looking to rebuild on the fly at the draft,
3) a team looking to shed salary prior to free agency to become a player in free agency,
4) a team looking to shed salary because the owner is looking to cut costs.
The only team in the same situation as Toronto is Sacramento and Utah with their TPE ($10.5M).
Now is the time to acquire assets.
Acquiring one big contract is not necessarily the only way to go about using cap space.
I see 2 different routes BC could go prior to July 1st, and I like a couple players as the destination both routes would take the franchise:
A) Take on contract & ADD AN ADDITIONAL LOTTERY PICK
1. Okafor & lottery pick for Amir and/or JJ
2. Lewis & lottery pick for Amir & JJ & Forbes
B) Trade out of the draft & LAND A STUD
3. Gay for Amir (& perhaps JJ and/or possibly even DeRozan) & Toronto's lottery pick
4. Granger for Amir and/or JJ & Toronto's lottery pick
5. Iggy for Amir and/or JJ & Toronto's lottery pick
6. Deng for Amir and/or JJ & Toronto's lottery pick
I would be totally on board with 1-3.
For 4-6, I don't think the players (Granger, Iggy, Deng) are worth giving up the lottery pick for. However, I would gladly give up Amir & JJ, along with one/both 2nd round picks.
Okafor: 12.5M - 2 yrs left
Lewis: 22.2M - 1 yr left
Gay: 15.0M - 3 yrs left
Granger: 12.0M - 2 yrs left
Iggy: 13.5M - 2 yrs left
Deng: 12.4M - 2 yrs left
Amir: 5.5M - 3 yrs left
JJ: 1.8M - 1 yr left
Forbes: 1.5M - 1 yr left
Cap Space: ~12M
Last edited by CalgaryRapsFan; Thu May 3rd, 2012 at 10:04 AM. Reason: Added salary info for understanding trade requirements
EDIT: on second thought, Iggy and Deng also interest me, in a way similar to the comment I made about Granger (ie: I'd give up 2nd round picks, but not the lottery pick to get them)
Last edited by CalgaryRapsFan; Thu May 3rd, 2012 at 09:17 AM. Reason: Changed my mind
Another option to consider is all the players that teams would like to dump, who make up to the $7M value of the Barbosa TPE, which essentially disappears July 1st, once the Raptors drop below the salary cap. I wonder what players would be on that list.
Trevor Ariza on New Orleans is one that comes to mind... I wonder if the TPE & both 2nd round picks would be enough for NO's second lottery pick?
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