Secondly, Lowry may also improve and has shown more improvement in his career, in terms of earning a starter's spot and running an offense, than Bayless has so far...You're basically banking that in the 2 years age difference until Bayless catches up, he'll become a better player than Lowry. I don't buy that. Lowry led a subpar group of talent, other than Scola (their roster is not that good, talent-wise), to a winning record. Also Dragic stepped in and they continued to play well. What is the biggest difference between Dragic-Lowry and Calderon-Bayless??? It's that both in the former are actually PGs, while Bayless is not (maybe someday....not soon).
What you're proposing is not the sexy option, but it is the wrong option. Jose is a better option, and re-signing him instead of Bayless is also a better option. Jose is only 30, and his game has never depended on athleticism, as his haters like to point out he lacks anyway. He can plug until we find a better replacement, or in the worst case an injury takes him out. When you look at it logically and objectively, getting Lowry, who has actually been improving instead of more or less sitting still for 2 years, to play with Jose and also sell Jose on backing him up in the future, makes the most sense out of the options left. Realistically, it seems the only way to improve our PG position moving forward with the options on the table.
I merged the "PG Options", "Why not Bayless" and "Lets roll with Calderon" threads into a single "Raptors 2012-13 Starting PG Options" thread.
Landry Fields is NOT trade bait. Look, if you overpay a guy by double his value, there will be zero trade market for him. Rondo? Why even dream like that?
Here's the list of Raptors players with anything close to "trade value":
Calderon's expiring deal (if we are willing to take a bad contract back).
That's it. That's the list. (copywrite Tony Kornheiser)
Unless we're packaging AB and JC and trying to shake things up, there are no trades to be made. This is what happens when you have a clown in the front office.
id say Demar,Davis & maybe to a lesser extent Amir have some trade value aswell...& if we do end up with fields he cant be traded for 6months anyway correct??
on a side note: if Nash was sooo interested in being closer to his kids in PHX why the hell does he live in NY in the offseason???? just seems like a lame excuse to me.... he was starstruck by Kobe plain & simple..
From my perspective, the $4.1M qualifying offer is a waste of $1.5M of cap space for this year as I would be fine with Bayless making $2.6M this year.
But the offer made to Landry Fields? That one is way beyond me as I expected a $12M for 3 years offer from another team and the Knicks to consider matching.
Ed Davis does not have trade value, he's barely NBA caliber. DeRo may be able to be moved if a team is desperate for a scoring wing (like the Clips getting Nick Young last year). Either way, we've be in a "sell low" situation with both guys.
The Nash point. Starstruck? So he signed with a contender over a perenial loser because he was star struck by a guy with 1/2 as many MVPs as himself? Nash went to LA for 2 reasons - 1) They will compete for a title with him and 2) He's a west coast guy. LA likely feels more like home than Toronto.
Nash was smart for 2 reasons - 1) He got himself in a decent spot to in a ring and 2) He used a desperate GM to drive up his value.
So stop saying Nash was "starstuck" ... and everyone can stop claiming he turned his back on Canada. It just displays the bitterness, desperation, and patheticness of the Raptor fanbase.
I'm much happier with his decision today, than I would have been had he chosen NYK. Although after the comments he made specifically saying he could never see himself pulling on a Lakers jersey...
god I hope they don't win. Of all teams he could've gone to, why the fucking Lakers.
the reason i say starstruck is because nash thinks Kobe is the best player in the world, hes said it before... he also wasnt even considering LA, even stated he couldnt bring himself to put that jersey on... then out of nowere Kobe calls him up 2days ago & now nash is a laker..
i think people are upset he used the Raps, more then the fact he signed with the lakers anyway..at least i am
personally id be thrilled with Lowry and think he'd fit the team and coach perfectly but the way this offseason is going i won't hold my breath.
I think it is in the team's best interests to move on from Calderon.
I really pity the guy. Everyone wants to feel wanted and a sense of belonging. I can't see how he could even pretend to feel that way. At this point, I can't blame him if he turns sour.
He is a standup individual and a solid NBA citizen. Quite frankly, he deserves better.
Things are getting interesting in Rocketville. They are making the offer to Lin and the Knicks are trying to sign and trade for Felton.
I like Lowry in Toronto. Between a strong coach who is a good motivator and communicator and Alvin Williams in the shadows, Lowry seems to be the best option for Toronto.
So back to Houston, if the rumours are true, they need to clear cap space to make this offer to Lin and Asik. Asik is 3 years and $25M. Lin is 3 and $25 or 4 and $31 depending on who you believe. Let lets just say the average is $8.5M for simplicity sake.
Damn, after crunching numbers they only appear to be off by $2-$2.5M.
Ugh. Little leverage there. Never mind.
Really his biggest knock over the years has been his penchant for getting injured, but since I don't believe in 'injury-proneness' as an inherent thing, it doesn't really bother me. Having been injured in the past doesn't increase the likelyhood of being injured in the future, unless it's the type of injury that compromises health/strength/stability in a permanent way (e.g. ACL injuries). With Jose, we're talking about muscle pulls and ankle sprains -- hardly compromising in the long term.
Moreover, Calderon, at 30, is NOT THAT OLD. And even if he was, he's not the kind of player who relies on explosiveness or athleticism to be effective. I doubt, for example, that his ability to take care of the ball will plummet along with his vertical leap.
(Case in point about Calderon not relying on explosiveness: I have seen the man throw down a vicious two-handed tomahawk dunk in warmup, yet I think he has dunked in game maybe 3 times in his career. Why? Because he just doesn't need too; he is a paragon of efficiency.)
My two cents? Extend Calderon for 3 years with a team option for a fourth. You'll probably get better value now when his value is (for whatever stupid reason) low. 4 Years $24 Million would be perfect.
I think anyone with an expiring, or potentially expiring contract has trade value. That means Calderon, Bayless, JJ, Ed, Forbes...I won't count Demar because as much as there are still questions about him, he's an NBAer, the question is just that his value is still uncertain in the long run. Bargs could be traded, but probably not for fair value. Amir...I doubt his value unless he's a piece in a much bigger deal, for a star-calibre player. I think the other guys all have more value or easier contracts to swallow.
As for PG option...I'm sure there are some possibilities if we don't want to keep the same combo. My nightmare is Jameer Nelson. I could live with a guy like Sessions in place of Bayless for a year or two. I think there is no "PG of the future" to be had in free agency, obviously, since we went after Nash. I know there are other reasons, but he and Deron were top PGs and we never had a chance at Deron. I could live with giving Lowry a chance. I could live with Sessions for a year or two, mostly because I doubt he'll cost much. I could live with Dragic or Lin on fair value contracts, but it looks like their salaries are both going to get absurd bumps.
I am also a believer that if Calderon is still on our roster when the season opens, we should try to keep him around for another contract.
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