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Old 12-01-2010, 09:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Kleiza needs to leave Toronto.

Kleiza needs to leave Toronto. He does not fit into the Raptors system and would be a great role player on a contending team. The Raptors are one of the worst teams in the league and it's really a waste of time for him. You have fans, including some on this forum, that are cheering for a "season tanking".

Aside Bargnani, this team is comprised scrubs. Kleiza and Barbosa are really the only role players that should be on good teams. Demar Derozan is a scrub whose future is greatly exaggerated by Raptors fans. He's playing a lot of minutes for nothing. Sonny Weems has been solid, ball hogging to get a good contract after this $800,000 season. Weems is one of the best playmakers on the Raptors which isn't really saying much... doubt he would be a good role player on a contending team. He needs the ball to be effective, and on a good team he wouldn't be handling the ball. Calderon is a overpaid guy whose far past his prime. Amir is probably the only legitimate player that has proved his potential.

Kleiza is not a play-maker and no one on Toronto has the ability to set players up, including him. His game would be better suited for a Hornets, Spurs, Magic, Trail Blazers, Lakers, even Nuggets kind of team where their are catalysts in the offensive system. Kleiza isn't effective dribbling the ball... he needs a set up guy. Toronto is filled with guys trying to prove themselves, and they hog the ball. Kleiza is not that type of 1-on-1 player and lets the game flow to him. In Toronto there's no flow in the system.

I understand Kleiza wanted minutes but the Raptors were the wrong choice. He's playing on a "rebuilding" team where the coach is playing random guys every other night, or at least different sets/substitution order. Triano is trying to make something spectacular out of mostly garbage. It's inevitable that Kleiza will boil over like Turkoglu and other guys... management has been controversial. Hopefully he will get traded to a contender that better utilizes him. It's pathetic to watch guys like Derozan and Weems play over him. He doesn't fit here and is wasting his time. At least he got the salary.
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