5 Players the Raptors should target this summer
Old 04-08-2011, 11:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Nothing new here. But does anyone really believe we can get Gasol, Chandler or Deandre?

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1. Marc Gasol

Here we are, the #1 priority for the Toronto Raptors front office this offseason: find a way to get Marc Gasol into a Toronto Raptors jersey. Gasol has blossomed into one of the better centers in the Association, with his rebounding and shot blocking prowess, deceptive quickness, and great interior defense. He has all the skills one would want in their big man, and at 7"1, 265 lbs, he is definitely not a paperweight down in the post. A frontcourt duo of Bargnani and Gasol would be a formidable inside outside threat, and would give opposing teams fits trying to defend them
2- Wilson Chandler
3-Aaron Afflalo
4-Tyson Chandler
5-Deandre Jordan

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I don't think Afflalo is necessary..... or Wilson.....

This team doesn't need to overpay for slightly above average wings. They need to overpay for a C. I don't think there is a chance Gasol leaves Memphis. Jordan is likely staying in LA. Chandler is likely staying in Dallas. Kaman or Dalembert are interesting options on this team.... especially if Dalembert could buy in to the team game. He'd be a cheaper option that has the defensive skills and size to fit.
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If we get a center whether its Gasol, DeAndre, or Chandler.. we better get rid of Bargnani. I do not want to see Bargnani play the 4. Davis is the future 4 for this club, not Bargnani.
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Leo would suuurely welcome Dalembert into town, f'sho.
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If we get a center whether its Gasol, DeAndre, or Chandler.. we better get rid of Bargnani. I do not want to see Bargnani play the 4. Davis is the future 4 for this club, not Bargnani.
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I really see Marc Gasol as the primary option for BC when he resigns (because i believe he will). Gasol is a true center who can do it on both sides of the court. I love his game and the fundamentals he brings. I don't think we've had a true center like him (and it has size) in a very long time. Get er done BC!
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Davis is as good as gone at the end of his contract
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I really see Marc Gasol as the primary option for BC when he resigns (because i believe he will). Gasol is a true center who can do it on both sides of the court. I love his game and the fundamentals he brings. I don't think we've had a true center like him (and it has size) in a very long time. Get er done BC!
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Getting a C is a top priority. Why is Bargnani still in the equation? If the Raps do net Gasol, Jordan, or Chandler, who do you build around? Bargnani or Ed Davis? Next year, you want Ed Davis to get more touches. You have Amir Johnson as your back-up bigman.
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when can we get rid of fried chicken? Grits? Sweet potatoes?
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depends on how good we are in the next 2-3yrs.
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I don't target any of those guys.

Gasol to me is being over-hyped right now and will demand a contract that I wouldn't want to give.

Jordan is comparable to McGee to me. Dumb players, with good athleticism. Reminds me of Keon Clark too often and I couldn't stand watching him play.

Aflflalo (sp) nice player, but he forces his game sometimes too much. I think he'd a better piece if we were close, but alas, we're not.

W. Chandler does intrigue me, because he reminds me of Marion alot and if we want to play that up tempo game, then he could fit, but at the same time, the cost may be too high for a slight upgrade. Hell, Johnson has similar tools, just needs to be refined.

Again, I'd send a small offer to Oden. Nothing too crazy. Maybe a 1 yr or 2 yr deal for small money. No big lock in of a contract.

Then explore trades. If not, wait for the new CBA, see what trades could be made (hard cap could make teams be sellers quickly) and go from there. Hell, even do nothing keep cap space, acquire young talent and then make a big trade for a big name (see: Boston with KG) and go from there.

And I'll say no to Dalembert as well.
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I don't target any of those guys.

Gasol to me is being over-hyped right now and will demand a contract that I wouldn't want to give.

Jordan is comparable to McGee to me. Dumb players, with good athleticism. Reminds me of Keon Clark too often and I couldn't stand watching him play.

Aflflalo (sp) nice player, but he forces his game sometimes too much. I think he'd a better piece if we were close, but alas, we're not.

W. Chandler does intrigue me, because he reminds me of Marion alot and if we want to play that up tempo game, then he could fit, but at the same time, the cost may be too high for a slight upgrade. Hell, Johnson has similar tools, just needs to be refined.

Again, I'd send a small offer to Oden. Nothing too crazy. Maybe a 1 yr or 2 yr deal for small money. No big lock in of a contract.

Then explore trades. If not, wait for the new CBA, see what trades could be made (hard cap could make teams be sellers quickly) and go from there. Hell, even do nothing keep cap space, acquire young talent and then make a big trade for a big name (see: Boston with KG) and go from there.

And I'll say no to Dalembert as well.

I think that you're being more than a little harsh C.

No "big name" is even going CONSIDER coming here until we prove that we have a decent squad here... and even THEN I think it's doubtful.

We need a legit C in the worst way right now. Someone who can take up space in the post, protect the rim and finish strong down low. Gasol and Jordan are those guys.... and they're both still fairly young. Exactly what you'd want in terms of adding to a good core right now with DD and Ed under contract.

If we wait too long and continue to lose 50 games/yr I can't see any of our young, promising players sticking around.

IMO landing Gasol or Jordan AND drafting a Walker or Irving would give us 2 massive upgrades at 2 critical positions (arguably the most important on the floor).
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I think that you're being more than a little harsh C.

No "big name" is even going CONSIDER coming here until we prove that we have a decent squad here... and even THEN I think it's doubtful.

We need a legit C in the worst way right now. Someone who can take up space in the post, protect the rim and finish strong down low. Gasol and Jordan are those guys.... and they're both still fairly young. Exactly what you'd want in terms of adding to a good core right now with DD and Ed under contract.

If we wait too long and continue to lose 50 games/yr I can't see any of our young, promising players sticking around.

IMO landing Gasol or Jordan AND drafting a Walker or Irving would give us 2 massive upgrades at 2 critical positions (arguably the most important on the floor).
I honestly think you can plug Amir at C and not really bat an eye.

I still think we're that much further away right now. I'd add a Gasol to this team if we had Bosh here. And I'm not a fan of Jordan. He's not anything special to me.

I'd be concentrating on two things really, addressing PG (doing whatever I can to get Irving here) and adding vets.

And I'd vets for the specific reason of teaching some of these young guys how to play professional basketball. You can have a young team, great, but they need someone on the court to learn from. I've always been surprised we've never made a play for someone like Juwan Howard just for his knowledge of the game and what he could teach players. It's why I was disappointed we didn't get Grant Hill a few years ago. I think that's who I target right now. We're too young (imo) and grab guys who can learn, grab another high pick next year, and THEN make your push for some star players.

I equate to real life. Just because you got paid, doesn't mean you have to spend right away. Save, wait for the right investment and then laugh, when the others who made quick decisions, need to wait to get paid again, while you still live off your original investment.
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I honestly think you can plug Amir at C and not really bat an eye.

I still think we're that much further away right now. I'd add a Gasol to this team if we had Bosh here. And I'm not a fan of Jordan. He's not anything special to me.

I'd be concentrating on two things really, addressing PG (doing whatever I can to get Irving here) and adding vets.

And I'd vets for the specific reason of teaching some of these young guys how to play professional basketball. You can have a young team, great, but they need someone on the court to learn from. I've always been surprised we've never made a play for someone like Juwan Howard just for his knowledge of the game and what he could teach players. It's why I was disappointed we didn't get Grant Hill a few years ago. I think that's who I target right now. We're too young (imo) and grab guys who can learn, grab another high pick next year, and THEN make your push for some star players.
You make a good point with the influence of veterans. I think with a young group, you play hard like the 2 games like CHI and ORL, and then you play a stinker with CLE.

Amir at C is very dangerous. The man had some serious back problems this year because he has been battling centers on a nightly basis. You're going to be cutting the young man's career real short. Also, Ed Davis playing centers is not a long-term solution. Its time for the Raps to adress the C position.

I've seen alot of Clips games this year. Deandre Jordan is a physical presence on the defensive end. However, I think the influence of Blake Griffin has made an impact on Deandre Jordan. But if the kid was in Toronto, where you have Bargnani playing lazy defense and not rebounding and getting all the shots, and a coach not making players accountable, it can be a recipe for disaster especially with no veteran leadership.
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You make a good point with the influence of veterans. I think with a young group, you play hard like the 2 games like CHI and ORL, and then you play a stinker with CLE.

Amir at C is very dangerous. The man had some serious back problems this year because he has been battling centers on a nightly basis. You're going to be cutting the young man's career real short. Also, Ed Davis playing centers is not a long-term solution. Its time for the Raps to adress the C position.

I've seen alot of Clips games this year. Deandre Jordan is a physical presence on the defensive end. However, I think the influence of Blake Griffin has made an impact on Deandre Jordan. But if the kid was in Toronto, where you have Bargnani playing lazy defense and not rebounding and getting all the shots, and a coach not making players accountable, it can be a recipe for disaster especially with no veteran leadership.
Yep, I think you said, what I was thinking.

I really see Amir as a short term solution. I still think if you wanted to, I'd make a play for Biedrins and see what happens there. But you'd have (imo) draft a C and see where that goes.
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Yep, I think you said, what I was thinking.

I really see Amir as a short term solution. I still think if you wanted to, I'd make a play for Biedrins and see what happens there. But you'd have (imo) draft a C and see where that goes.
Why Biedrins? He is soft and isn't even the top few players on the Warriors. There are a ton of better options at the C than Biedrins. If were trying to get Biedrins we may as well keep Bargnani, he is better than Biedrins.
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