Can Ujiri resist making moves by the deadline?
Old 02-12-2014, 07:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Can Masai Ujiri, Toronto Raptors Resist Temptation at Trade Deadline? | Bleacher Report


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Toronto Raptors*general manager Masai*Ujiri*didn't carve out a reputation as one of the most ruthlessly effective executives in theNBA*by standing pat.Ujiri's Raptors are in good shape right now, largely because of the deals he's made since taking over in May of 2013.

As a result, there's a good case to be made that Toronto should avoid participating in the flurry of trade deadline activity this month.But as that deadline nears and the Raptors continue to hover around. 500, it's fair to wonder whether*Ujiri's feelings on mediocrity—combined with his skills as both a wheeler and a dealer—will make it tough to hold off on entering the trade melee.Remember,*Ujiri*has been uncomfortable with "decent" for a long time. In addition to his desire to take advantage of a few more suckers (New York Knicks, anyone?) there's also the fact that*Ujiri's team is positioned nicely to make a few moves.
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The Raptors clearly have the assets to be players in the trade market. This is a team with plenty of nice pieces but notransformative*star. Between desirable contracts and four first-round picks over the next three years, the means exist for the Raptors to go out and get that missing centerpiece.

As*Tom Chisholm of Raptors Republicnoted,*Ujiri's desire to move beyond mediocrity and Toronto's currently starless state are related issues: "If*Ujiriisn’t tanking and he wants to avoid living in the middle then*eventually*he’ll have to make a big move for a big player since it appears like the Raptors don’t have a big player currently on the roster."Then again, the Raptors have already made the biggest deal possible: Shipping out Rudy Gay to the*Sacramento Kingsin an absolute coup that improved the team in the short term and cleaned up the books for the future.

No move*Ujirimakes from here on out will rival the sheer brilliance of that one.It might not stop him from trying, though.Wisely,*Ujiri*is capitalizing on a position of strength by asking for huge returns on any potential trades.
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But as suitors get increasingly desperate, Toronto might get an offer too good to pass up.Suppose the Knicks—who we might as well keep picking on—suddenly agree to part with some comically valuable package of distant-future picks, TimHardaway*Jr. and*Iman*Shumpert*for Lowry.

Even then, Toronto's decision won't be so easy.That's because the Raptors are in a bizarre position of immobility; they can't improve enough to pose a real threat to the*Miami Heat*or*Indiana Pacers*for one of the top two seeds in the East. But even if they were to deal Lowry for future considerations, they'd still be far too good to slip out of the playoff picture entirely.

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Maybe it's not accurate to say they're stuck in the middle, but the Raptors' potential for upward or downward mobility is severely limited this year.So, it's clear that the smartest move is to avoid dealing for dealing's sake. The current roster seems a lock to advance past the first round of postseason, and who knows what might happen after that?Toronto figures to face either Miami or Indiana in the conference semifinals.

Maybe a key injury to LeBron James orRoy*Hibbert*would swing the balance of that hypothetical series. And we've seen major upsets before; the Raps have a nonzero chance of catching a hot streak and moving into the conference finals, no matter who they play.Frankly, it seems crazy for the Raptors to be sellers when they're all but assured at least one series victory in the playoffs.

Perhaps it's silly to worry*Ujiri*won't be able to resist the temptation to swing a deal. After all, he's not a highly respected (and feared) executive just because of the trades he's made. His is a broader skill set based on knowing where to find value and how to take advantage of favorable situations when the time's right.His track record is good enough to suggest he knows when there's no real benefit to making a move. For all we know, the deals*Ujiri*hasn't*made have been just as important as the ones he has.
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Old 02-12-2014, 09:36 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Frankly, it seems crazy for the Raptors to be sellers when they're all but assured at least one series victory in the playoffs.
Being the 3rd or 4th seed does not guarantee a first round for the Raps. Far from it. I can easily see this team losing to a washington/brooklyn/atlanta in a playoff series.
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Old 02-12-2014, 09:43 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Nice read but it almost seems like it should have been written a month and a half ago.
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Old 02-12-2014, 02:10 PM   #4 (permalink)
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yeah, a bit homeristic. The only thing that's assured now is we'll make the playoffs (probably ).

That being said, I do agree that this is the best chance we've had in the past 12 years to win a playoff round for only the 2nd time in our history. And making it to the 2nd round would be a huge statement and provide us with some clout in free agency, almost worth a deep future 1st round pick.
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I don't want to trade lowry, but in lala land i'm thinking of this.



shumpert, THJ, future first for lowry..



then re-sign lowry in the offseason

lowry,??
DD, THJ
ross, shum
amir, PP
JV,??


that's a damn, damn good team. second round constantly, and possible finals here and there.

and with all those pieces, you just feel it might be possible to run a harden situation.
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Old 02-12-2014, 02:47 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I've been thinking about this for a while, if we trade Lowry would we still have a good change to sign him in the FA? He wouldn't say no, to more money(assuming we make the best offer) because he was traded, would he?

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Old 02-12-2014, 02:51 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I'm not sure if this has been posted before, saw it on twitter a while back. Hope the Raps don't mess this season up somehow:

Every NBA Team's Remaining Strength Of Schedule, In One Chart

Even the Leafs are doing relatively well in their conference, this must be the twilight zone.
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I'm not sure if this has been posted before, saw it on twitter a while back. Hope the Raps don't mess this season up somehow:

Every NBA Team's Remaining Strength Of Schedule, In One Chart

Even the Leafs are doing relatively well in their conference, this must be the twilight zone.
Keep in mind that is as of mid January, so a good chunk of that easy schedule has passed the Raps by. Not sure where the schedule sits now.
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The Raps appear to have the 3rd easiest schedule going forward in the East. Unfortunately, the two teams that have it easier are the Nets and Wiz.
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Keep in mind that is as of mid January, so a good chunk of that easy schedule has passed the Raps by. Not sure where the schedule sits now.
since mid January we've played Portland/LAC x2/Denver/Dallas


The schedule has eased but that west coast trip plus a stretch of 7 games in 11 days doesn't make it necessarily easy.
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I doubt we could re-sign Lowry if we traded him. We'd lose his bird rights and the ability to offer 5 years. Plus, us trading him would probably frustrate him and make him want to stay away from this team.
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I doubt we could re-sign Lowry if we traded him. We'd lose his bird rights and the ability to offer 5 years. Plus, us trading him would probably frustrate him and make him want to stay away from this team.
Your second point is certainly valid, but keep in mind that a) a lot of teams would be hesitant to give him 5 years, considering his apparent reputation, and b) we'd have the cap space to offer as much as is likely needed to get him.

Of course your second point is the pertinent one.
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Your second point is certainly valid, but keep in mind that a) a lot of teams would be hesitant to give him 5 years, considering his apparent reputation, and b) we'd have the cap space to offer as much as is likely needed to get him.

Of course your second point is the pertinent one.
Unless a prior "understanding" could be made betweet him and MU.

Which is unlikely... wouldn't that be tampering or something?
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Unless a prior "understanding" could be made betweet him and MU.

Which is unlikely... wouldn't that be tampering or something?
why would he do it anyway, makes sense for us, less for him
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I don't want to trade lowry, but in lala land i'm thinking of this.



shumpert, THJ, future first for lowry..



then re-sign lowry in the offseason

lowry,??
DD, THJ
ross, shum
amir, PP
JV,??


that's a damn, damn good team. second round constantly, and possible finals here and there.

and with all those pieces, you just feel it might be possible to run a harden situation.
I honestly am not a fan of Shumpert. Knicks have overhyped him so much, and his party lifestyle would taint the young minds of Ross and Val if he came here.
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edit: wrong thread
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there is a type of trade that nobody has mentioned. we can trade the worst of the denver/knicks/raptors pick in 2016 for help. you ask me this is probabaly a worthwhile thing to explore given the circumstances and doesn't hamstring us in the future. I would trade novak, this pick, fields if I can and hope to land a good cheap young big at the deadline or a good big locked in to a decent contract.
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edit: wrong thread

on topic: i wonder if MU is interested in Luol Deng? He's probably unhappy in Cleveland and may bring another veteran star power here

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I know i can resist reading anything from BR.
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on topic: i wonder if MU is interested in Luol Deng? He's probably unhappy in Cleveland and may bring another veteran star power here
dont think he can be retraded before the deadline.
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