The more one watches the Raptors, the more one is convinced that the absolute best option for the team is to make a change prior to the Feb. 18 trade deadline.
Only then can the Raptors be taken as serious players in the post-season.
Given the many restrictions and limitations that exist in a climate of reduced revenues and basketball-related income, itís going to be difficult to engineer the kind of move necessary to get the Raptors over the hump.
Even when Reggie Evans returns, which should be around the time of the trade deadline, the Raptorsí problems wonít all be solved.
Assuming Evans is able to come back and be that interior presence, defensively, there wonít be many nights when boxing out an opponent becomes problematic.
The need for an established wing player with late shot-clock abilities is obvious, but those kinds of athletic pieces arenít readily available.
When a team canít go athletic, it can go big.
The buzz around the NBA is that bigs such as Marcus Camby and Brendan Haywood might be had for the right price.
As of Saturday, the grapevine seemed to indicate that the Washington Wizards are more inclined to keep Haywood, a free agent this summer who makes about $6 million US.
Camby also is a free agent, earning roughly $1.5 million more than Haywood.