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Old 12-09-2013, 09:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Kelly: MU wants another lottery pick

Who on this roster with egt us a top 15 pick? :mu:

That conundrum paled in the face of Gay’s enormous salary ($18 million), and the nauseating prospect that he would hand himself a huge raise next year by taking his player’s option for $19.3 million.

An obsession of previous GM Bryan Colangelo, Gay never really fit with the Raptors. DeMar DeRozan overshadowed him most of this year, largely by doing things Gay refused to do — like thinking. A smarter, younger, harder-working version of Gay, DeRozan now has more room to flower on the wing.

While most of what the Kings are sending back is human gristle, Vasquez represents a sizable boost in quality. The fourth-year player out of Maryland is a nicely equipped offensive piece, and a low-cost one at that ($2.15 million). He will immediately press Kyle Lowry hard for the starting job at the point. (Shiny Happy Kyle Lowry, I’m glad we got to spend those two months together.)

The Raptors now have the option to trade Lowry and go forward with Vasquez, or use Vasquez as an attractive deadline chip. If they’re really committed to The Tank, they could deal both.

For weeks now, the Raptors have been quietly attempting to trade both Gay and Lowry for, well, anything. Since this has become one of the most lopsided buyers’ markets in league history, they weren’t getting any nibbles.

It’s a testament to Ujiri’s skill that he has now off-loaded the franchise’s two most notorious flaming tires (Gay and Andrea Bargnani) in less than six months. These moves give the team enormous cap flexibility going into 2014/15. As of right now, they have roughly $32 million on the books for next year, against a cap of about $60 million

Now that he’s managed the headline grabbers, Ujiri’s job gets difficult.The team not only covets a top-five pick in the 2014 draft; management believes there is a path to acquiring another first-round pick in the top 15.That requires a multi-faceted approach to being awful.
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