View Poll Results: Who should the Raptors target as their SF next season?

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  • Trade for Rudy Gay

    32 53.33%
  • Try and sign Nicolas Batum

    15 25.00%
  • Draft a SF with the 8th pick like PJ3 or TJones

    4 6.67%
  • Keep JJ and Kleiza for another year

    5 8.33%
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Thread: Who should the Raptors target as their SF next season?: Raps eye AI/Gay (36)

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    WASHINGTON -- Andre Iguodala's strength as a defender has not been acquired easily.

    "Probably one thing that I do that no one else does, I do defensive drills in the summertime,'' he said after U.S. men's Olympic team practice Saturday, 15 days before the opening game in London. "I go through a set of (defensive) slides a few times per day. And I'm sitting in a defensive stance for a minute straight. So I just try to prepare myself mentally for what I have to go through to help the team out.''

    Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/201...#ixzz20gL26zJT

    "Getting out on the wings,'' said Iguodala with an affirming nod, "and pressuring the ball and creating turnovers. We're so athletic, we got to get out, and we've got to run. Teams are going to try to slow us down, so defensively is where we have to make it happen.''

    Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/201...#ixzz20gLAsQZe

    Iguodala is peaking at age 28. He led the eighth-seeded 76ers to a Game 7 at Boston in the second round of the playoffs, and now he has earned a chance to pursue an Olympic gold medal two years after helping the U.S. win the world championship in Turkey. His role with the national team helped buffer him from the recent moves of the 76ers, who lost leading scorer Lou Williams to free agency (signed with Atlanta) and power forward Elton Brand to amnesty (picked up by Dallas). Iguodala deflected questions about his franchise amid persistent speculation of recent years that he, too, will be moved.

    "I haven't really sat down and thought about it too much,'' he said of the 76ers' roster. "My focus and energies have really been on the USA team and helping this team try to win games.''

    Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/201...#ixzz20gLNi6lc


    Anyone else think this would be Casey's non-sexual wet dream?

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    Quote Matt52 wrote: View Post
    Anyone else think this would be Casey's non-sexual wet dream?
    Yes, until his Achilles' heel starts bothering him. I'm afraid that AI's intensity as a player puts a lot of wear and tear in his body. No doubt he's an elite defender. I personally want Gay a bit more because I think that the team as a whole is playing better overall defence (so adding Gay doesn't hurt their defensive efforts). Gay on the other hand is a cold blooded assassin. The consummate closer any team would dream to have. Too bad initial reports indicate he's going nowhere, until perhaps December when the team as a whole is playing terrible and fires their coach (hoping).
    “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

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    In this regard, for a legit SF chase, I do hope that Demar is a part of the trade equation (not because I'm on the Ross bandwagon). He's really an inefficient offensive player and a terrible defender that never addressed his ball handling skills.
    “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

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    Quote Balls of Steel wrote: View Post
    In this regard, for a legit SF chase, I do hope that Demar is a part of the trade equation (not because I'm on the Ross bandwagon). He's really an inefficient offensive player and a terrible defender that never addressed his ball handling skills.
    I think DD would have to be in any trade, because the team we are trading with would want Value back, whether it be Memphis or Philadelphia.

    However I am very intrigued by DD, he still has a lot of ceiling left in him and he has improved his jump shot and range. He still has to bulk up, and when he does I think he will return to attacking the Rim with intensity.

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    Is Minnesota out of the running for Iggy?

    According to this article they are:
    http://www.1500espn.com/sportswire/W...e_target071712

    The Andre Iguodala dream can just about die. The source said the Wolves have done a ton of homework on him, and the feedback didn't all register positively. Because of that, they are reluctant to give up assets and pay him $30 million over the next two years. His contract has a player option for 2013-14, which he is expected to opt into.

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    Quote YYZ wrote: View Post
    I think DD would have to be in any trade, because the team we are trading with would want Value back, whether it be Memphis or Philadelphia.

    I'm alright with Demar going too if it means Iguodala/Gay coming back. Fields is a better SG than he is a SF. We'd have top defence and rebounding at positions 1-2-3

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    Quote TheR3dMenace wrote: View Post
    I'm alright with Demar going too if it means Iguodala/Gay coming back. Fields is a better SG than he is a SF. We'd have top defence and rebounding at positions 1-2-3
    I agree. My preference would be to acquire a player like Iggy AND keep DeRozan, but I would giveup DD if I had to. I assume Calderon and Amir/Davis would also be leaving, either as part of an Iggy trade (for example) or a related trade (to clear cap space ahead of an Iggy trade). A backup PG to replace Calderon would need to be acquired, either in the Iggy trade, a related trade or via free agency.

    The wing rotation would be left looking like this, which I think is pretty strong:
    SF: Iguodala, Kleiza
    SG: Fields, Ross

    In this scenario, adding another cheap veteran wing (ie: bringing back Anderson) wouldn't be bad, for times when the Raps want to go small on their 2nd unit with Amir/Davis @ C, Kleiza @ PF, Anderson (or other similar 5th wing) @ SF, Ross @ SG and ??? @ PG.

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    Quote CalgaryRapsFan wrote: View Post
    I agree. My preference would be to acquire a player like Iggy AND keep DeRozan, but I would giveup DD if I had to. I assume Calderon and Amir/Davis would also be leaving, either as part of an Iggy trade (for example) or a related trade (to clear cap space ahead of an Iggy trade). A backup PG to replace Calderon would need to be acquired, either in the Iggy trade, a related trade or via free agency.

    The wing rotation would be left looking like this, which I think is pretty strong:
    SF: Iguodala, Kleiza
    SG: Fields, Ross

    In this scenario, adding another cheap veteran wing (ie: bringing back Anderson) wouldn't be bad, for times when the Raps want to go small on their 2nd unit with Amir/Davis @ C, Kleiza @ PF, Anderson (or other similar 5th wing) @ SF, Ross @ SG and ??? @ PG.
    With Lucas signed and the drafting of Ross, Acy. This may be closer to being done then we think

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    53% of fans got their wish!
    "Championships are what we live for, now lets go win them."
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    except at the draft, which is all homework, politics and chance.

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    Quote Matt52 wrote: View Post
    53% of fans got their wish!

    The poll suggestion was "Trade for Rudy Gay."

    I guess RR citizens wanted to trade Kleiza and a bag of balls and didn't like trading an expiring contract and a bench player. (Who, I will acknowledge, has turned into a 10 and 7 guy this year, as opposed to his career stats of 8 and 7).

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