Chisholm: Look for the Raptors to do something at the trade deadline
Old 02-15-2012, 06:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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We are officially one month away from the NBA trade deadline, and you can expect the Raptors to be active participants when negotiations get real just after the All-Star break.

This season was about two things for the Raptors: talent development and talent evaluation. Both areas are a work-in-progress, especially since the team has only just recently been afforded some consistent practice time with head coach Dwane Casey, but certain trends are beginning to emerge that make activity likely in the next 29 days.

First of all, the expected clog has emerged at the team's power forward slot. Andrea Bargnani being out of late has eased the situation considerably, but there is no denying that Amir Johnson and Ed Davis are being seriously challenged at their natural positions by James Johnson and Linas Kleiza.

While the latter two have typically listed as small forwards in the NBA, both are tremendously more effective playing power forward for the Raptors. Johnson's PER is 9.4 as a small forward but a whopping 18.6 as a power forward, according to 82games.com, while Kleiza has a 9.1 rating at small forward and a 15.7 rating as a power forward. In fact, both of those players have better PERs than Amir Johnson and Ed Davis do at power forward this season, suggesting some roster rearranging might be in order.

The fact is that once Andrea Bargnani gets back, this situation will become untenable. He'll be eating up over 30 minutes a night at the power forward position (while also logging a few minutes at center), which will simply squeeze this group too much, especially since Johnson (8.0) and Davis (11.5) have posted sub-par PERs as centres so far this year.

It would be shocking to see the club move James Johnson considering he's having a tremendous growth year, is the team's best perimeter defender and is turning himself into a mini-Matrix with the minutes he's afforded. It would, likewise, be surprising to see Kleiza moved since he brings some much needed grit to the club, is one of their most efficient scorers (thanks to solid three-point and foul shooting) and is the team's only player outside of Bargnani and Jose Calderon to have a PER above the league average (he's at 15.5).

It's also worth remembering that the team knows that they have Jonas Valanciunas coming over next year, and whether he starts or not, he'll be eating up lots of frontcourt minutes, and that in certain situations, Aaron Gray is going to play (if the team does the wise thing and re-signs him this summer) because his size and tenacity are simply called for in certain matchups. That means that the clock is ticking for Amir Johnson or Ed Davis in Toronto, it's just a matter of numbers, and this trade deadline may bring a swift resolution to that position.
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Old 02-15-2012, 06:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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gray blocked 3 shots in one possession last night, it was nice
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Old 02-15-2012, 06:25 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Johnson did too didn't he?
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Old 02-15-2012, 06:31 PM   #4 (permalink)
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were keeping Gray? mehh
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were keeping Gray? mehh
i'd keep him, low salary and brings some great hustle plays. him and magloire are a huge help to the young dudes at practice and mentoring
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This excerpt is everything I've been saying for a long time. Truth is that Grey is more useful to this team than either of Amir or Ed specifically. Gray may be less talented, but his sheer size makes some plays look so effortless while both Amir and Ed's lack of size make those same plays look arduous. I don't think it really matters which one you keep, but one of those two should be packaged.

Also, Barbosa is staying and We should look to trade DD and one of those bigs for a better young player that might be looking for a change of scenery.
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Old 02-15-2012, 07:03 PM   #7 (permalink)
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This excerpt is everything I've been saying for a long time. Truth is that Grey is more useful to this team than either of Amir or Ed specifically. Gray may be less talented, but his sheer size makes some plays look so effortless while both Amir and Ed's lack of size make those same plays look arduous. I don't think it really matters which one you keep, but one of those two should be packaged.

Also, Barbosa is staying and We should look to trade DD and one of those bigs for a better young player that might be looking for a change of scenery.
Amir/ED plus DD for batum?
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Old 02-15-2012, 07:05 PM   #8 (permalink)
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interesting view on JJ and Kleiza ... I do agree that either Amir or Davis are expendable. What's not clear is what can we get in return ...
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Old 02-15-2012, 07:10 PM   #9 (permalink)
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There had better be some activity at the trade deadline. And again before the draft.
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Old 02-15-2012, 08:10 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Trade Bargnani, before everyone in the league figures out, that he'd miss games with unfavorable match ups through injury! We start to get a groove on D without AB. I don't see the point of playing 2 PGs, thus squeezing Ed and Amir out.
Has Ed Davis played at PF spot at all this season?
I would only bring in players who you'd wanna keep long term.
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Old 02-15-2012, 08:19 PM   #11 (permalink)
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bargs is our best player, to trade him, we should have something great back, and although for a player like him, does'nt have a big contract, I do not know who wants to take him
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Old 02-15-2012, 08:20 PM   #12 (permalink)
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can we throw leo rautins in any deal?
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