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Old 02-18-2011, 01:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Chad Ford: Colangelo will not trade Bargnani

"With Ed Davis and Amir Johnson showing signs of potential. Does there come a time when Toronto looks to trade Bargnani? Maybe they should take a shot at Odem?

Chad Ford (1:36 PM)

It's a good question. The answer is ... not as long as Bryan Colangelo is the GM. GMs fall in love with the players they draft. It's part of our psychological need to justify our decisions. Colangelo took him No. 1 over Rudy Gay and Brandon Roy. He needs to be right. Trading him is tantamount to admitting he was a bad pick. Lakers are suffering from the same problem with Bynum. As a rule around the league, teams tend to overvalue their own players and undervalue other team's players. It's partly why we don't see more trades in the NBA. But if Colangelo were to leave the Raptors, my guess is the first move a new GM would make would be to trade Bargnani. He's talented, but it's tough to have a 7 footer on the floor who refuses to rebound or defend anyone."

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If BC signs his 5 yr extension as expected, the Raptors may be stuck with Bargnani long-term. What happens if the Raptors draft players like Jared Sullinger, Perry Jones, Enes Katner. Is there enough playing time and touches?
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