As has been pointed out by so many, it's all about the talent. Excellent coaching can carry you some distance, but without talented players, a team isn't going anywhere. And having financial flexibility only means something if you can either A: Attract free agent talent, or B: Be the facilitator in a multi-team trade that lands you a talented player. For the Raps, "A" hasn't been terribly effective and "B" hasn't occurred. Hence Matt's mantra, "bad contracts for picks."
Quite honestly, against poorer teams, or teams with less talent than the Raptors, the team seems to be able to out-play. They have good overall players, but none are players that can take them over the hump.
That's why a guy like Gay, or even some game-impact/difference-makers are needed (Deng, J. Smith, Milsap).
Apparently, there was a deal of Derozan + (pick or player, can't remember), for James Harden. Offered by OKC.
I don't know. If it was true, I don't know how you don't accept. Unless the reason was the contract negotiations.
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