Armstrong: What would MLSE do if the leafs were in this position
Old 01-14-2010, 08:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Armstrong: What would MLSE do if the leafs were in this position

I was listening to Hoops awhile ago and Jack Armstong was being interviewed. He was asked about the trade deadline and what the Raptors might do. And he posed a pretty interesting question- "If the NHL has a soft cap and the leafs were in the position the Raptors are in (6th), what would they do?"..."Would they look to make moves or maybe spend over the tax and try to make a bit of a run in the playoffs?"

He said that the Raptors as currently constructed would have a problem with the top 4 teams in the East, so what do you do? Make a move? Considering the Raptors are the only team in Toronto that are a playoff team, and the leafs are going nowhere should they try and maximize revenue (playoffs) with the Raptors and push it up a notch by making a splash before or at the deadline to try and make a run?

He also then went on to say that there is interest in Jose Calderon in the league and he can see him possibly being moved. But that's only if the Raps feel comfortable with Banks as the backup PG.

So, in your opinion would MLSE do something/spend$$ if the leafs were in this position? And if so,will they do that with the Raptors?
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Old 01-14-2010, 09:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The way I see it, the only way to make this team significantly better (realistically) is to move out one of Calderon or Turkoglu. They are like oil and water on the basketball court. If Calderon brings back the best haul, that's the guy you move. I don't think Banks ends up being the #2 PG per se, I think there is a possibility of a PG/combo guard coming back in a trade, either the Calderon deal or a separate trade.
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The way I see it, the only way to make this team significantly better (realistically) is to move out one of Calderon or Turkoglu. They are like oil and water on the basketball court. If Calderon brings back the best haul, that's the guy you move. I don't think Banks ends up being the #2 PG per se, I think there is a possibility of a PG/combo guard coming back in a trade, either the Calderon deal or a separate trade.
Yeah i think that Banks would play around 15 minutes per night and play with Beli and or Turk who would be the main ball handlers.
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it's not as easy
we cannot just spend, whatever we do now, will most likely impact next year's payroll

even if mlse is willing to pay tax if Bosh stays, what if he leaves? Than you're stuck paying tax and potentially missing the playoffs.
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