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Thread: The plan moving forward...a proposal

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    Quote CalgaryRapsFan wrote: View Post
    We also could've kept our 1st round pick and not bothered with Lowry either. Lillard being mentored by Calderon was and still is an enjoyable thought. At least we had all those winning-culture building victories!

    With regards to the bolded, I don't entirely blame BC/DC for that. I think it's less to do with selling support players (ie: Bosh, Bargnani, DeRozan) as super-star franchise players. I think it is more marketing driven, with the need to create a 'face of the franchise' to give the team a marketable identity that fans can relate to and rally behind. Plus, in this day and age, media and fans alike would elevate a single player as 'the guy', even if the franchise itself didn't. Sports especially is all about the star player, not the franchise. It's no different than the popularity of Justin Bieber on Twitter, or the Kardashians... average people latch onto famous/hyped individuals far more than they get behind a faceless, nameless team.
    hahaha easy now. Portland has L.A. who's having another All-star season, Hickson who's suprising everybody this year with his doub-doubs and Batum who's playing ok. Although cant deny that D.L. is good, but adding him to the Raps current group may not be that successful right away. I say he'd be coming off the bench behind Calderon.

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    Quote TheGloveinRapsUniform wrote: View Post
    hahaha easy now. Portland has L.A. who's having another All-star season, Hickson who's suprising everybody this year with his doub-doubs and Batum who's playing ok. Although cant deny that D.L. is good, but adding him to the Raps current group may not be that successful right away. I say he'd be coming off the bench behind Calderon.
    Me too, for this season. Lillard and Beal were my preffered draft targets and I think Lillard would have been a great compliment to Calderon, without costing the Raps a future 1st round pick. I would have enjoyed seeing Lillard and Valanciunas both starting the season on the 2nd unit, to help them transition to the NBA game, gain confidence and build chemistry together.

    + no Nash chase
    + no Fields signing
    + we likely would have signed somebody with the roughly $5M cap space available
    + no 1st round pick with crazy trade-limiting conditions being traded away
    +/- no Lowry
    - no Ross

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    Quote CalgaryRapsFan wrote: View Post
    Me too, for this season. Lillard and Beal were my preffered draft targets and I think Lillard would have been a great compliment to Calderon, without costing the Raps a future 1st round pick. I would have enjoyed seeing Lillard and Valanciunas both starting the season on the 2nd unit, to help them transition to the NBA game, gain confidence and build chemistry together.

    + no Nash chase
    + no Fields signing
    + no 1st round pick with crazy trade-limiting conditions being traded away (no Lowry)
    - no Ross
    Damn you! now youre making the regrets come, hehehe
    id gladly take lillard over ross.

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    agree with a lot but feel bargs trade should be priority 1. Jose's expiring deal still has value to us as compared to the ostracized bargs. bargs out is best for everyone involved.

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    Lots to unpack. First props for the opinion piece -- I'm sure a semi news/sports site would love this.

    In no particular order:

    1/I like the idea of expanding the scouting staff. It makes too much sense. You hear about NBA scouts checking Div 3 games looking for talent so why not? The Raps could scout the CIS -- they do produce the odd Euro league player; more importantly they would be the only people scouting that league not from a Euro/Asian pro league. (this sounds like sarcasm but it isn't...seriously...no. I'm being serious)

    2/Priority 1 needs to be trade Bargs not Jose. For all we know Jose has agreed to a smaller next contract already... If we were in the playoff