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    The Raptors head into this offseason with flexability to rival some of the leagues top power players in the Free Agency and Trade markets. This will be the biggest test of Bryan Colangelo's ability to both evaluate and court talent as well as manufacture good deals that net us the pieces necessary to become a playoff team. Here are the resources and assets at our disposal:

    Cap Space (all figures rough):
    -$5.5 M in pure space
    -$12 M if Bayless' rights are denounced
    -$16 M to $19 M if amnesty is used on Linas or Amir
    Picks:
    1st Round
    - #8
    2nd Round
    - #37, #56
    Assets:
    - J.Calderon ($10 M Expiring)
    - E.Davis (Talented Big/Rookie Contract)
    - L.Klieza (Bench Scorer/Small-Mid Size Contract)
    - $5 M Mid-Level Exception
    - Amnesty Clause (Expiring in December?)
    - Minimum Contracts

    Needs:
    - Improved PG (more athletic, defensive, distributer, shooter)
    - Star SF (Highly talented on Off/Def, Experienced)
    - Experienced Big (stopgap for Valanciunas)
    - Bench Scoring (shooters, playoff experience, leaders)
    - Defensive Players (plug-in stoppers, vets)

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    as far as "needs" go i don't think your SF needs to be a superstar. if anything, i'd say the SG should be higher on the totem pole. personally, i like the idea of having a glue SF that can defend the opposite teams best wing and hit shots.

    agree with the rest tho (i have zero idea if the money part is correct) and would add Demar.
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    while we don't need a superstar SF (none are available anyway), we do need a massive upgrade at that slot. We have the assets needed to get a star level Off/Def talent: Igoudala, Deng, Gay, Wallace, Granger. We need this kind of talent to go deep in the playoff for the next few years. An average to above-average wing won't cut it in a 7 game series verses the East's elite teams who all appear to be strong at that position.

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    Oh I completely agree about the solid upgrade.

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    Quote jimmyhunter wrote: View Post
    The Raptors head into this offseason with flexability to rival some of the leagues top power players in the Free Agency and Trade markets. This will be the biggest test of Bryan Colangelo's ability to both evaluate and court talent as well as manufacture good deals that net us the pieces necessary to become a playoff team. Here are the resources and assets at our disposal:

    Cap Space (all figures rough):
    -$5.5 M in pure space
    -$12 M if Bayless' rights are denounced
    -$16 M to $19 M if amnesty is used on Linas or Amir
    Picks:
    1st Round
    - #8
    2nd Round
    - #37, #56
    Assets:
    - J.Calderon ($10 M Expiring)
    - E.Davis (Talented Big/Rookie Contract)
    - L.Klieza (Bench Scorer/Small-Mid Size Contract)
    - $5 M Mid-Level Exception
    - Amnesty Clause (Expiring in December?)
    - Minimum Contracts

    Needs:
    - Improved PG (more athletic, defensive, distributer, shooter)
    - Star SF (Highly talented on Off/Def, Experienced)
    - Experienced Big (stopgap for Valanciunas)
    - Bench Scoring (shooters, playoff experience, leaders)
    - Defensive Players (plug-in stoppers, vets)
    The only assets I think you missed are:
    - James Johnson --> assuming an upgraded starting SF is acquired
    - Bayless --> potentially as a S&T asset
    - Weems --> potentially as a S&T asset
    - Alabi --> if his option is picked up
    - ~$7M TPE --> from the Barbosa trade, needs to be used before July 1st, unless the Raps are over the cap when July 1st roles around
    - Veteran Exception --> similar to MLE, but less money for specific veterans (I'm not sure of the exact requirements/amounts)
    - 2013 1st round pick (as long as they use one 1st round pick this year)
    - 2013 2nd round pick


    Obviously BC has lots of available assets to piece together the best team possible, both for next season and for the long-term.

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    I agree with the needs. But, I think it would be wrong to assume all those could be fufilled this off season.

    If they are I'm not sure it would be under the proper circumstances.

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    I think Raptors could adress their SF needs via draft. There's no rush and the team is in the right direction, so why destroy our core? Also, despite all rumors and trade ideas, I clearly don't think we have enough assets to get one of the small forwards you be talking about (Iggy, Deng, Gay, Granger, etc..). Wallace is a FA but he just won't sign here. Even if MGK and Barnes are gone when we draft, there is still a lot of other good small forwards we should take a look at.

    As for the PG position, I more and more don't think that Bayless is in the plans of BC and co. There is at least 10 PG we should take a look at that are free agents before thinking about bringing Bayless back. Then once they sign the best PG possible, they can opt to keep Calderon, trade him or amnesty him.

    Definitely we should trade one of Amir or Ed, whether it's one or the other.

    Make a run at some