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Old 07-10-2008, 12:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Feschuk: Moves not enough for championship

Kind of a no-brainer but I do agree with him. I never thought of us being a championship team just because of the trade. But this is classic Feschuk - always negative.

Originally Posted by Dave Feschuk's Blog
The trade that sent T.J. Ford, Rasho Nesterovic and first-round draft pick Roy Hibbert to Indianapolis for O'Neal and Nathan Jawai can be viewed as a win-now move, and this corner is usually all for those. But this stroke obviously isn't as bold as the one made last summer by the champion Boston Celtics, who committed to exceeding the luxury tax – spent money to make money, in other words – while surrounding their big acquisition, Kevin Garnett, with the right role players.

The Raptors, committed to not exceeding the tax threshold, have no freedom to fill out a roster that's looking awfully shallow. So this is a go-for-it-now move that doesn't go far enough – if, that is, the championship is the goal.

And perhaps this is the kind of roster a risk-taker like Bryan Colangelo, the Raptors GM, was destined to be left with after his best bets backfired. Many of his moves in his two-plus years in Toronto have been gutsy, but also fraught with long-term downside that has often come home to roost. Similarly, trading a first-round pick for a soon-to-be 30-year-old like O'Neal is a gamble a lot of elite teams don't make unless it puts them on the title's doorstep.

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