CNNSI: Offseason Grades - Atlantic Division
Old 08-11-2010, 08:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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WHAT WENT RIGHT

Cut bait with Hedo
Hedo Turkoglu's one-year stay was an unmitigated disaster, with the veteran forward averaging a six-year low in points (11.3) and rankling management with his attitude and lifestyle. Toronto not only escaped the final four years and $44 million of Turkoglu's contract in a trade with Phoenix but also picked up a quality role player in Leandro Barbosa (pictured), a former Sixth Man Award winner who should bolster the bench.

The replacements
First-round pick Ed Davis and former Nuggets forward Linas Kleiza won't remind anyone of Chris Bosh, but Davis is the rugged rebounding type who should complement the finesse game of Andrea Bargnani, while Kleiza led Greek team Olympiacos in scoring last season.

WHAT WENT WRONG

Bosh bolted
No matter how you spin it, losing Bosh is a crippling blow. Bosh may not have been the prototypical franchise player, but he is close to an automatic 20-10 guy and one of the most skilled big men in the game. Unless the Raptors could replace him with a comparable talent -- and they didn't -- there was simply no way for the team to get better.

Overcompensating
Toronto elected to spend all the money earmarked for Bosh on other players: It gave Kleiza
$18.4 million (not too bad) and Amir Johnson $34 million (really bad), on top of last year's $50 million extension for Bargnani that kicks in this season. The Raptors are hitching their wagons to some very questionable players.

The trade that wasn't
Michael Jordan's reported cold feet cost the Raps an opportunity to pick up two skilled frontcourt players (Boris Diaw, Tyson Chandler) while dumping a big salary (Jose Calderon) on the Bobcats. The Diaw-Chandler duo would have reinforced the frontcourt with proven talent to supplement the youngsters Toronto is trying to develop.

BOTTOM LINE

The Raptors better hope that a Bargnani-Johnson-Davis frontcourt blossoms.
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Old 08-11-2010, 08:52 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Did Amir's deal not turn out to be worth 30 instead of 34?
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Did Amir's deal not turn out to be worth 30 instead of 34?
thats what I heard
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Old 08-11-2010, 09:32 AM   #4 (permalink)
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If Amir plays to his potential his dsalary isn't out of line,
The reality is the highest paid Raptor is 9 million in Jose with Bargs coming in at 8 million.
It may be great that we didn't get Daiw and Chandler.
Time will tell.
I would rather be the Raptors than Indy Detroit Cleveland Charlotte or Philly.
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The reality is the highest paid Raptor is 9 million in Jose with Bargs coming in at 8 million.
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I believe the Bargnani's contract is for 10M/ year.
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Old 08-11-2010, 10:02 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I believe the Bargnani's contract is for 10M/ year.
it's back-loaded.
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it's back-loaded.
Oh shit. That's gonna kill some cap flexibility. Bargnani better perform or we're gonna be in major trouble.
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Yup.

Bargs makes 8 and then gets a million dollar a year raise, so that in the last year of the deal he's making 12 million.
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Bosh leaving a cripling blow? I doubt it! A little over exaggerated.
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We instantly went from a pretender at some extent to a bottom dweller.
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Honestly, I just want to know why nothing is being communicated from the Raptors to the fans and media right now. Is this really the final roster (Doubtful, but as each day passes it becomes less and less doubtful) or is BC actively sitting on a deal or sitting one multiple deals, are deals even in play? Really its just pissing me off because we have been left guessing since the end of the season really.
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Honestly, I just want to know why nothing is being communicated from the Raptors to the fans and media right now. Is this really the final roster (Doubtful, but as each day passes it becomes less and less doubtful) or is BC actively sitting on a deal or sitting one multiple deals, are deals even in play? Really its just pissing me off because we have been left guessing since the end of the season really.
They're scared of another deal falling apart. BC learned his lesson from the failed trade with Charlotte and Matt Barnes. If a third deal were to fall apart, his reputation is going to suffer big time in a contract year (even though the failed deals weren't exactly his fault).

But I have agree with you, I'm pissed too. If this is our final roster, the Raptors are going to suck big time. And it's already mid-August, so who knows... I see an opportunity with Detroit opening up though, so let's keep our fingers crossed.
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We instantly went from a pretender at some extent to a bottom dweller.
Sadly this is true. Couple of years of misery coming up hopefully with the picks we have we can get some good young players
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Old 08-11-2010, 11:18 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Honestly, I just want to know why nothing is being communicated from the Raptors to the fans and media right now. Is this really the final roster (Doubtful, but as each day passes it becomes less and less doubtful) or is BC actively sitting on a deal or sitting one multiple deals, are deals even in play? Really its just pissing me off because we have been left guessing since the end of the season really.
BC is on vacation.

In fact most of the NBA is idle in the middle of August.

Be patient...there's still plenty of time.
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BC is on vacation.

In fact most of the NBA is idle in the middle of August.

Be patient...there's still plenty of time.
True - but stay awake too - on his 'vacation' last year BC traded for Amir and Weems, in the middle of August.
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True - but stay awake too - on his 'vacation' last year BC traded for Amir and Weems, in the middle of August.
I'm sure he's still got his finger on few things, but personally I don't think he needs to update the fans about them.
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