Chisholm: What's next for the Raptors?
Old 01-31-2013, 08:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Rudy Gay hasn't even reported to Toronto yet and already Raptors Nation is abuzz with the question: "what's next?". In sending away a point guard and a power forward to acquire a new starting small forward, Bryan Colangelo left his roster significantly imbalanced and the task now is to try and iron things out before February's trade deadline.

The most immediate need lies behind Kyle Lowry at the point guard position. John Lucas has struggled in the role of backup playmaker this season and is shooting a pathetic .353 from the field, and with Lowry struggling through injuries all season the club is going to need a more productive backup waiting in reserve.

The two routes that Toronto can take to that end would be a free agent pickup or a trade. The free agency route is expected to be available to them once they waive Hamed Haddadi, which should happen as soon as all the traded players pass their physicals to complete last night's blockbuster. That will free up a roster spot for Toronto to go shopping for a bench aid, but there aren't a whole of lot enticing options out there for Toronto if that's the route they choose to go down. In fact, unless they can pry breakout Euroleague star and frequent Toronto Summer League participant Bobby Brown away from Siena, the Raptors probably aren't going to get a much better option than Lucas provides them with now as the primary backup point guard.

What the Raptors really need is a steadier backup option like Luke Ridnour, Ramon Sessions or Beno Udrih, but it is unclear how available any of those guys are and how attractive Toronto's assets are to Minnesota, Charlotte or Milwaukee. Suffice it to say that in some form or another, the Raptors will be importing some backcourt help in the next couple of weeks. Given how few shot creators the team has, especially off of the bench, finding a strong veteran presence to lead the second unit would be a great next step if Colangelo can find a way to pull it off.

After that (or perhaps in tandem with that) the Raptors have to figure out what they are going to do with all of their wing players. The roster is now loaded with swingmen including Gay, DeMar DeRozan, Terrence Ross, Alan Anderson, Landry Fields and Mickael Pietrus. Even if one assumes that Gay will spend some time at the four in small-ball configurations and that Pietrus has one toe in retirement, that's still a lot of players to squeeze into not a lot of available minutes.

The problem facing Colangelo is how to break up that glut. Obviously Gay is going nowhere. DeRozan and his yet-to-kick-in extension initiates salary cap and trade rules that make it hard for him to be moved along in a trade before July 1. Terrence Ross was deemed 'untouchable' in talks with Memphis for Gay so it seems safe to assume he features heavily in Toronto's long-term plans. That leaves Anderson and Fields as the odd men out, and neither one is exactly easy to trade, though each for very different reasons.

Anderson is hard to move along because he is such an effective player for a guy making a league-minimum salary. With Colangelo committing so much money to guys like Gay and DeRozan, he needs more contracts like Anderson's that deliver well above their hit to the salary cap. Also, given his paltry salary it is virtually impossible to trade Anderson and receive an equally effective player in return given the league's salary-matching rules in trades. If he could be packaged up with a more expensive player to add value to a return package that's one thing, but on his own Anderson is a hard player to imagine parting with while also improving the team in the process.

On the flip side of that coin is Fields. While Fields has bounced back considerably since his early-season surgery, he is nowhere close to justifying his $6.3 million per year contract. That deal was onerous before the Raptors backed up the Brinks truck to acquire Gay, and it's downright crippling now. It's hard to envision any team in the NBA taking on Fields without the Raptors having to excessively sweeten the pot to push it through, yet minutes are now going to be so scarce for Fields in Toronto it will be hard for him to prove his worth without injuries opening up time for him in the rotation. So, it's easy to say that Colangelo has to thin out the wings to create depth at other positions, but right now it's hard to envision exactly how he does that in a way that makes Toronto a stronger team once he's done.
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Old 01-31-2013, 09:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Article kind brings ya right back down to earth doesn't it...hahaha

Its like were all jumping around pretending losing Calderon didn't mean anything.

IT WAS HUGE
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Article kind brings ya right back down to earth doesn't it...hahaha

Its like were all jumping around pretending losing Calderon didn't mean anything.

IT WAS HUGE
Game vs. Atlanta. More turnovers than assists. Coincidence?
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It would be nice to have Ridnou as our backup
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It would be nice to have Ridnou as our backup
I still would like us to go after a Williams/Ridnour package. Not sure that's possible though.
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Ed Davis was pretty central to moving the ball as well.

They'll be fine with Lowry and Lucas for now, though with Lowry less than 100 percent it's going to be pretty up and down. It will be a very different style of play for a while, but as long as they strive to continue with sharing the ball, and move the guys that don't buy into that and/or defending, the added balance on both ends of the floor is going to have results. It's just a matter of how much of a result in terms of a ceiling, how soon they realize those results, and how well they are able to improve on the ceiling and the rate of reaching it through what comes next with trades. The hard work is not done for Bryan by a long shot.
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Old 01-31-2013, 10:16 PM   #8 (permalink)
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One or two of LF, Bargs and/or DD have to go.
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We must get a backup PG. Also, it seems like we will be playing lots of small ball while Gay at the 4. I won't be surprised if our starting lineup will look like this:
PG - Lowry
SG - DD
SF - Fields
PF - Gay
C - Amir

This is a horrible lineup with close to zero threat behind the arc. Now, when AB comes don't be shocked if he starts at Centre which will stretch the floor but will feel like Triano's era again... Did someone say treadmill?
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We must get a backup PG. Also, it seems like we will be playing lots of small ball while Gay at the 4. I won't be surprised if our starting lineup will look like this:
PG - Lowry
SG - DD
SF - Fields
PF - Gay
C - Amir

This is a horrible lineup with close to zero threat behind the arc. Now, when AB comes don't be shocked if he starts at Centre which will stretch the floor but will feel like Triano's era again... Did someone say treadmill?
Contrary to popular belief Rudy can hit the 3. Career .344 FG%. Not great but not horrible. LF showed in his rookie season he can hit the 3. Last season he didn't and neither this season. Ross can hit the 3.
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Contrary to popular belief Rudy can hit the 3. Career .344 FG%. Not great but not horrible. LF showed in his rookie season he can hit the 3. Last season he didn't and neither this season. Ross can hit the 3.
And if you're going to go small and want some 3pt threats you can


Lowry
Ross
Anderson
Gay
Amir

^ Also very nice defensive lineup. That's 4 3pt threats. Obviously we won't see this for large spells but i can see that once in a while. Depends on matchups and what is needed.
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And if you're going to go small and want some 3pt threats you can


Lowry
Ross
Anderson
Gay
Amir

^ Also very nice defensive lineup. That's 4 3pt threats. Obviously we won't see this for large spells but i can see that once in a while. Depends on matchups and what is needed.
This season that may happen. AA probably won't be here next season.
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That Pietrus deal really panned out.


Him and Kleiza are done here.
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That Pietrus deal really panned out.


Him and Kleiza are done here.
Stating the obvious.

Anywho, I'm hoping some contender may deal some 2nd rounder for AA or AA can be a filler in a Bargs deal for example.
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Stating the obvious.

Anywho, I'm hoping some contender may deal some 2nd rounder for AA or AA can be a filler in a Bargs deal for example.
i'd prefer him as a filler in a Bargnani deal
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i'd prefer him as a filler in a Bargnani deal
yeah same. either way I'd prefer making use of him and dealing him instead of just letting him walk.
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Good read, the way I see it is, he wouldn't come out and say he's open to trading Bargs in public if he didn't have any decent (not exactly good) trades for him. I can't envision him trading Fields, unless he's packaged with DD, or something. Then again, this is the guy who got rid of Turk, who seemed untradable, luckily for Turk situation, he had a good run in the playoffs the previous year. I can't wait to see how he shines this poop.
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demar needs to step up and start dishing out those 5+ assists a game again. The thing that saddens me the most was amir and ed had such good chemistry passing the ball to each other, and not thats just gone. How amir plays will be completely different now, especially with no jose for that amazing PnR they had going for them
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So...grizzlies got routed by thunder 106-89...compared to their first meeting which they won 107-97. Gay scored 28 then...
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So...grizzlies got routed by thunder 106-89...compared to their first meeting which they won 107-97. Gay scored 28 then...
it was probably as much his scoring as his defence on durant..
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