All the crying about "the Raps can't even tank properly" and now no one sees significant value in #2 over #8. What's up with that? The Raps still wind up with flexibility, with cap room and the opportunity to have " the player who would have been #2 in this years draft (JV)" and the player who IS #2.
Who cares about the salary. Especially is there is a player going back.
Tyrus Thomas. Ha, ha, ha...
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Plus, who would the Raptors draft at #2 anyway? Beal seems to be the guy teams are trading up to get, but that would be redundant with DeRozan (who I don't think can play SF). The Raps would still need to address the starting SF position, and they'd be significantly limited thanks to Thomas' contract to do so. Barnes & MKG would likely be available at #4/5, so there would be no point moving up to #2 to get one of them. The Raps would be better off trying to swing a deal with Cleveland or Sacramento.
I just don't see Toronto putting that much value on Beal. If they want Barnes/MKG, they likely won't need to move up to #2 to get either of them.
I think any talk of Toronto being involved in trade talks surround the #2 pick is either as a 3rd/4th team hoping to add an asset to help facilitate a deal, or is yet another smoke screen.
True, and with all of this talk of Nash signing in Toronto I feel as if Thomas could be used well. If we had #2 I'd be far more interested in Beal than MKG.
Nash / Calderon / Mchadoo?
Derozan / Beal / Bayless
JJ / Kleiza
Bargnani / Amir / Davis
Valenciunas / Thomas / (other #2 pick)
A package of Derozan, Davis, JJ and next years first round could be used for a Gay or an Igoudala or a Josh Smith. We'd have big money locked in on Amir and Thomas but it would be off in three years when we need to resign our young guys. Not to mention the Calderon trade that would come in all of this. I'd jump at it. Swing for the fences baby
So it would be something like this:
1) 3 team deal: DeRozan & JJ & #8 to Memphis, Davis & #25 & #37 & TPE to Charlotte, Gay & Thomas & #2 to Toronto
2) trade to dump Calderon's salary
3) Bayless & #56 to Phoenix, Nash to Toronto
4) draft Beal @ #2
C: Valanciunas, ???
PF: Bargnani, Amir, Thomas
SF: Gay, Kleiza
SG: Beal, Forbes
PG: Nash, ???
- would be about $6M over the cap already
- still need to fill backup PG & backup C (could do so in the mystery Calderon deal, pushing them further over the cap)
- MLE would still be available, but could push them close to the luxury tax threshold
I really don't see Charlotte doing the deal without getting #8. I also don't see Memphis doing a deal for Gay without getting a top-10 pick in this year's deep draft. It's a great idea, but there's really no way a stud SF (ie: Gay) and Nash could both possibly be added to a Raptor team that takes on Thomas' contract (unless they amnesty Amir, but that's a lot of cash to pay and Thomas is a below-average backup PF).
i wouldn't even take tyrus thomas for free
IF Colangelo really wanted someone like MKG or Beal, he's better off waiting and trying to trade for them using the flexibility and assets he already has, vs. taking on the Thomas albatross and giving away half his flexibility, all for... a rookie who hasn't proven he can score in the halfcourt (MKG), one who hasn't proven he can run a team (Beal), or one with similarly unproven talents (name anyone other than Anthony Davis)...
I think the waiting for the draft is making people crazy.
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Memphis would clearly much rather trade Randolph, but that is just not going to happen, so they may be forced to deal Gay and take the best offer they can get.
We dont need the number 2 pick! Dont we pretty much have the consensus #2 pick (jonas) joining our team this season? I actually think that not only will he challenge Davis for rookie of the year, he actually has a chance to win it. Plus, Tyrus Thomas!? Really!? Tyrus Thomas!?! Not worth it at all.
I would do this trade...also I eat paint
I didn't mean to propose a trade that should be taken too seriously, I was just thinking out loud.
If management believes in Beal (do they? I really do..), than they should do what it takes to get that talent on their team. We have Valenciunas coming over, so let's get this core together sooner than later. Bargnani, Val and Beal is a great core to start with and if you can bring in a veteran like Gay/Igoudala or Nash than you've really got something special. I genuinely think it's a realistic dream. Over the cap? Definitely, but amnesties and trades exist, and I didn't feel like mapping that out. My attention span wont allow me to read anything longer than the single paragraph responses, let alone write them.
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