Chisholm: A change in the way the Raptors do business
Old 07-05-2013, 04:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Raptors fans, I hope you’re encouraged by yesterday’s news, because the signing Julyan Stone, that point guard you’ve probably never heard of, is news worth being encouraged about.

Yes, for real.

For years, July was when Bryan Colangelo made his most franchise-crippling mistakes. He had the Raptors attached in some form to just about every free agent he had a shot at, he was in a constant dialogue about countless trade targets, he was open to acting as a repository for complicated multi-team deals and that if someone had a star to sell that he should be their first call.

For many fans this was a refreshing change of pace. Colangelo made the Raptors players on the NBA scene. They were in it, they were moving and they were shaking and they were doing it at a level that the organization had never previously thought to aspire to. However, like so many social climbers, the Raptors were more interested in style than substance. Yes, they were active on the free agent and trade markets, but they were active in a way that prevented them from achieving sustainable success because they kept mortgaging the future to make a big splash in the present.

It was at this time in years gone by that Colangelo inked Jason Kapono, Linas Kleiza and Landry Fields. It was at this time that he pulled out all of the stops to land Hedo Turkoglu. This is when he made ill-fated runs at retaining Chris Bosh and signing Steve Nash. It was around this time that he tried to flip Jose Calderon for Tyson Chandler only to have the rug pulled out from under him by Michael Jordan. Colangelo was always at his most ravenous in July, and it represents a refreshing change of pace that Ujiri is not following in that mold.

So far this July all Ujiri has done is flip Andrea Bargnani for cap savings and draft picks and inked a second- or third-string point guard in Stone. The Raptors have been remarkably quiet this month. They have not been a fixture in rumor mills or twitter feeds and that is a tremendous sign of growth for this organization.

Right now, the Raptors don’t have much money to spend and don’t have the assets to land a major, franchise-level savior with a trade so Ujiri is laying low. He’s not inactive, he’s making calls every day, but he’s not trying to force his way into the proverbial “conversation”. He’s being opportunistic. He’s on the hunt for bargains. He wants deals that will make the Raptors better today and tomorrow. He isn’t seduced by the flurry of activity during the first weeks of July – in fact he’s used that flurry to his advantage by taking the Knicks’ hunger for name players and using it to offload Bargnani’s onerous contract on them. If he’s leaned anything from Colangelo’s playbook during this time of year it’s how to take advantage of guys like Colangelo; GM’s that that are so hungry to make a splash that they’ll compromise their future to earn a headline today.

Which routes us back to Stone. While other teams are overpaying for Al Jefferson, Tyreke Evans and Tiago Splitter, Ujiri is out shopping for cheap bench depth from his old Denver war chest. When he was introduced to the press, Ujiri made mention of the fact that he wanted to use more of his bench slots for young assets that the team could develop, rather than veterans like Mickael Pietrus, John Lucas III and Sebastian Telfair. Stone is the first step in Ujiri making good on that proclamation. Maybe he plays serious minutes, maybe he doesn’t. He’s a negligible expense, and if he proves to be unable to log productive minutes then the team will pivot and go in another direction.

The more important takeaway here is not Stone as a player but rather what Stone represents, and what he represents is a refusal on Ujiri’s part to dive into the crazy pool and swim with the crazy GMs that are tossing around cap space like candy. There are more moves to come for Toronto this summer, but Ujiri is going to wait to make the right moves. He’s not just make moves because everyone else is making moves and he’s not going to make moves because there are moves to be made. Colangelo used to attack free agency like hungry dog in a butcher shop, but Ujiri doesn’t share that eagerness. I can’t imagine Colangelo making a minimum-level deal his first signing in July, which is exactly why Raptors fans should be excited about what this seemingly innocuous signing portends.
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Old 07-05-2013, 04:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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This is definitely one of those completely unnecessary articles. Drawing way too many conclusions from very little.... Its clear Chishold had a deadline today.
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Old 07-05-2013, 04:34 PM   #3 (permalink)
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So is Chisholm a hypocrite or what?

Just kidding. A pretty good take, mostly filtered from off message boards I presume.
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Old 07-05-2013, 04:43 PM   #4 (permalink)
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We'll see.....
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He's not overpaying for players who don't fit a team need/are of old age/are one way. He's making lowrisk-highreward signings. He's not just giving picks away like BC did. He's actively looking to acquire picks.
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He's not overpaying for players who don't fit a team need/are of old age/are one way. He's making lowrisk-highreward signings. He's not just giving picks away like BC did. He's actively looking to acquire picks.
I never found BC gave away that many picks. Certainly no high picks other than the JO deal, even that one though wasn't a lottery pick or anything. He could have certainly acquired more though. lol
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I never found BC gave away that many picks. Certainly no high picks other than the JO deal, even that one though wasn't a lottery pick or anything. He could have certainly acquired more though. lol
I agree. I think that saying that BC sacrificed the future in favour of the present is very short sited. I always found that the moves he made had the future in mind even though they didn't pan out. I think that only in the past year he made some more shortsighted moves (Gay and Lowry).
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I never found BC gave away that many picks. Certainly no high picks other than the JO deal, even that one though wasn't a lottery pick or anything. He could have certainly acquired more though. lol
Well, the JO deal and the Lowry deal. But I agree - he traded away high picks only occasionally. He also sent out a 1st rounder for JJ and for Marion, but those were either terrible or lotto protected.
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Old 07-05-2013, 05:54 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I don't mind BC going aggresive when free agency opens. Let the player you want know that you are interested before he is off the market. Masai wanted Bledsoe, and there were alot of different reports confirming the interest on Bledsoe. Maybe the asking price was too high. The only problem with BC going hard during free agency is that he targeted the wrong players (Kapono & Hedo).
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I don't mind BC going aggresive when free agency opens. Let the player you want know that you are interested before he is off the market. Masai wanted Bledsoe, and there were alot of different reports confirming the interest on Bledsoe. Maybe the asking price was too high. The only problem with BC going hard during free agency is that he targeted the wrong players (Kapono & Hedo).
I don't blame him for going after Hedo at all. At the time that was huge. Kapono was a good move if only he didn't overpay for him. lol
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to me the real problem with BC was to take Triano as a coach.
he should have gone to get a really good one, an establish proven coach.

his moves weren't that bad when he made them. JO didn't pane out, like Hedo, marion or kapono. but at the moment he made the trades they weren't that bad.
at least he try to bring solid SF in toronto
who would have predict that Hedo would gas out ?

and his draft picks weren't that bad.
i would have taken Drummong over ross, but ross isn't that bad if next season he shows some improvment like DD did between his 1st and his 2nd season.
the real bug was Barg. he sould have trade him when Bosh did leave us.he could have rebuild properly.
especially with a core at the time of JJack/DD/Amir and the arrival of JV.

IF FA would want to come to toronto, he would have a very nice team today, i think.

i wish him well forward, with a new team to lead.
he is still a 2 times GM of the year, with two different team. not that bad of a CV.

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But chrisholm is right in fact that MU don't show willingness for now to go after big deal.
he search for futur solid player or player with upside in cheap contract.
brandon wirgh is a fine exemple of rumors to me.
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But chrisholm is right in fact that MU don't show willingness for now to go after big deal.
he search for futur solid player or player with upside in cheap contract.
brandon wirgh is a fine exemple of rumors to me.
He's been here a month. He has a past of making a lot of deals and some big ones (ie: Iguodala, Melo, Nene)
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It's hard to imagine Bryan trading Bargnani and getting picks back instead of sending them out.
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It's hard to imagine Bryan trading Bargnani and getting picks back instead of sending them out.
If you dislike him enough I guess. lol
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If you dislike him enough I guess. lol
Or base your opinions on past history. Dude gave up a pick to get JO, then gave up a pick to send him out. You honestly think no picks would have left along with Andrea?
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I'd wait another week. One a few move FA's are gone, he'll really start getting to work.

Like I said before, don't be surprised if 2-3 of DD, KL, RG and LF are gone by September.
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I'd wait another week. One a few move FA's are gone, he'll really start getting to work.

Like I said before, don't be surprised if 2-3 of DD, KL, RG and LF are gone by September.
Once the deal goes through and the Camby crap is resolved other moves will be made.
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Moves will be made, but there is no rush to make a move for the sake of making a move.
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