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NBA AM: Who Is Available In Trade ? Part 3 | HOOPSWORLD | Basketball News & NBA Rumors
Who Is Likely On The Move?: Jose Calderon, Andrea Bargnani, Leandro Barbosa, Jerryd Bayless, James Johnson
The Raptors have a ton of trade chips, the question is will they pull the trigger now or wait until the draft to start re-shaping for the future.
The Raptors are six games out of the playoff picture and have been winning 32% of their games. Thatís not exactly the recipe for a playoff run.
Jose Calderon is having a great year and after two years of believing no team would take his contract, more than a couple of teams have called about Jose so the time might be now to dump the $9.7 million he is owed this year, if only to clear the $10.5 million he is owed from the cap next year.
Raptorís coach Dwane Casey has been extremely vocal that trading Jose would be a step backwards for the team on the court, but given where they stand in the big picture the draft pick obtained from tanking now is worth more than Jose going forward.
Andre Bargnaniís name gets mentioned a lot with the Raptors, but league sources say the Raptors continue to turn away offers on Bargs. The belief is he was a borderline All-Star this year before getting hurt, and once he is paired with this yearís first round pick Jonas Valančiūnas next year heíll get even better.
Leandro Barbosas is an ending contract and there is considerable interest around the league in LB, so look for him to be a name mentioned a lot in the next ten days.
Jerryd Bayless will likely be a restricted free agent this summer, so Toronto has to decide if he is their future plans. Jerryd has trade value so he is a name to watch as is James Johnson.
Neither Bayless nor Johnson will return much, but they are chips the Raptors could cash to infuse the roster with new blood or extract draft picks for their troubles.
Expect the Raptors to be active around the trade deadline. Their season is going nowhere and they finally have guys playing to the level of their contracts, so this might be the ultimate sell high situation for Toronto.