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    Quote ball4life wrote: View Post
    Jose+ ed+ james johnson and 2014 first round pick should get us Gay
    Nevermind the fact I don't think the trade would have a chance but the Raps can't trade their 2014 pick now. You cannot trade 1st round picks in consecutive seasons.

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    Quote Matt52 wrote: View Post
    Nevermind the fact I don't think the trade would have a chance but the Raps can't trade their 2014 pick now. You cannot trade 1st round picks in consecutive seasons.
    I was wondering how the conditions would impact other trades involving 1st round picks, since we really have no idea what year Toronto will actually lose the pick. Does Toronto have to act as though they are going to lose the pick the following year, after each year they wind up keeping it? Or do they act as though they have a 1st round pick and trade freely, but then have to acquire another 1st round pick if they are going to miss the playoffs and have already traded that year's 1st round pick?

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    Quote Matt52 wrote: View Post
    I want Gray back.
    This!

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    Ryan Hollins.............................better yet Alabiiiiiiii

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    Quote CalgaryRapsFan wrote: View Post
    I was wondering how the conditions would impact other trades involving 1st round picks, since we really have no idea what year Toronto will actually lose the pick. Does Toronto have to act as though they are going to lose the pick the following year, after each year they wind up keeping it? Or do they act as though they have a 1st round pick and trade freely, but then have to acquire another 1st round pick if they are going to miss the playoffs and have already traded that year's 1st round pick?
    Yes.

    It is a good way to ensure BC doesn't mortgage the future.

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    Default Amir as our backup C?

    If Gray is not back, do you guys think that Amir Johnson could be our backup center, night in, night out? That means he would play the most part of his minutes at the 5 spot. If yes, I really like our team as it stands right now. Not that I don‘t want Aaron Gray back but the possibilities of him returning to the team are getting lower and lower each and every day...

    Valanciunas/Johnson/Magloire
    Bargnani/Davis/Acy
    Fields/Johnson/Kleiza
    DeRozan/Ross
    Lowry/Calderon/Bayless

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    Quote charlesnba23 wrote: View Post
    If Gray is not back, do you guys think that Amir Johnson could be our backup center, night in, night out? That means he would play the most part of his minutes at the 5 spot. If yes, I really like our team as it stands right now. Not that I don‘t want Aaron Gray back but the possibilities of him returning to the team are getting lower and lower each and every day...

    Valanciunas/Johnson/Magloire
    Bargnani/Davis/Acy
    Fields/Johnson/Kleiza
    DeRozan/Ross
    Lowry/Calderon/Bayless
    i think in this scenario whoever between davis and johnson works harder and shows the most improvement will be first big off the bench.

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    We are loaded with guards and I like the idea of playing small next year with Amir or Davis.

    If we are going for a center it has to be an experienced player with an expiring contract which will offer us flexibility next year.
    Dalembert and Pachulia would be perfect if we can dump some salary on the trade. I would also throw decent offers at intriguing players with athleticism like Mcgee and Lopez who are still young and may amount to something.

    Otherwise, I'm quite happy to roll with Gray and Magloire as our 2nd and 3rd option.

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    yogi stewart is looking to make a comeback - I say give him a shot.
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    I think Amir and Ed are quality backup "bigs" ... they can play together, or either can play with Bargs or Big V.
    Likely they'll bring back Magloire with all the youth on the roster, so we have the bench monster if we need a big body for fouls.
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    The NBA has changed significantly in the last 5-8 years with C's.

    There are still some big traditional C's like Chandler, Bynum or Howard but there are also a lot of other 6'9"/11" - 230/240 guys manning the middle like Horford, Love, Noah, etc.

    Amir/ED are not going to handle traditional guys in the middle - but they are the minority which is why I want a guy like Gray (or Zaza for that matter). I think they can handle the 'new' NBA C.

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    amir faired miserably at C
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    tho it'll be interesting if changing to a more uptempo offense will help out
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    Yeah, it's hard to think of a better fit than Gray. Can Gray lose 10 lbs and gain 4-6 inches on his leap?

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    Man, the C position really kinda blows in the NBA right now. Not a lot of depth...I hope we get Gray back. For what we need I'd rather him than some of the other options. I don't want to start a guy like Mahinmi or Hollins. I'd rather start JV. Anyone see Przybilla play last year??? Is he still viable?? Of course, Gray is still a better option than him, too.

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    at this point gray isn't getting any more athletic. can he handle the up and down pace though? i dunno.
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    Quote ceez wrote: View Post
    at this point gray isn't getting any more athletic. can he handle the up and down pace though? i dunno.
    yeah Gray also has hands of stone like Kwame so he is an offensive liability on the floor, do we look at trying to sign another young C like Jordan Hill or Ian Mahinmi???

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    Are we talking about the same Aaron Gray? I remember delicately Charmin-like hands and a big brute of a man who ran like a gazelle in the meadow.

    In all seriousness, I'd love to have Aaron Gray back. He was a lot better than advertised.
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    Plus he's super entertaining to watch. I go crazy on his and-1's

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    Just re-sign Aaron Gray to a minimum contract. Am I the only one who remembered the MVP chants?

    The guy works hard, and will fit in whatever system, bring him back. No Hollins, No Mahinmi. Veterans is what we need, Aaron plays like one. With all the young guys, it's smart to bring in a locker room dog, like Magloire. I'm quite surprised we have't gone after a defensive specialist, or some type of veteran wing.

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