On a side note.......is it too late to put a kybosh on this O'neal trade? It looks like we are going to lose Delfino, so what would be so wrong wiith Keeping who we have this year (well buy out Baston) and make TJ the 6th man scoring option off the bench full time. Screw his ego, he has the game to fit that role perfectly.....when he wants to be he is unstopable pretty much, and if he's not starting, his suspect D on the opposing starting PG won't be nearly as apparent or costly...We have enough scoring options without O'neal, and Roy Hibbert is 7 FOOT 2 nd can block shots and rebound!!! Isn't that what this trade for O'neal is for? He is at least a big body to throw out there against Howard and Dalembert and Ilgauskas ...and gives the Raptors
a true Center!!! and not a PF trying to play Center. I think Rasho is a hell of a backup Center too, he had aolt of double doubles last year when he got some minutes and showed the ability to score down low.
Combine this with losing Defino (and hopefully replacing with with Pietrus
) and we would have:
PG: Calderon/ Ford/Ukic
Then buy out the worthless Joey Graham and try to go after a quality SG, but even without that, that roster seems pretty solid to me, especially a much improved defensive starting lineup.
sorry for the long read, but what do you guys think?