D. Smith: Some moves coming by the middle of next week
Old 07-16-2010, 12:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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D. Smith: Some moves coming by the middle of next week

What is with this guy, he thinks we need another small forward? Hey dumb fuck, how about we get a Center and a PG first?

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But, on the flip side, if we’re two days away from the end of Toronto’s Vegas vacation, we’re also two days away from Bryan leaving a gathering of a couple dozen other GMs and that means he’ll probably be working overtime trying to get something done before the flight home.

Put in that kind of super-charged environment, it’s almost impossible for him to resist getting some trade done, or some move made.

This is something of an educated guess but I bet my mid-week next week we might have some resolution to the issues that plague the Raptors, namely what to do with the point guard spot and whatever small forward issues they need to resolve.

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Old 07-16-2010, 12:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't think Doug really knows what is going on. That's all i have to say.
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I don't think Doug really knows what is going on. That's all i have to say.
Probably not. But this makes sense. He's been in Vegas all week with all those GM's talking deals. Somethings will get done soon after they leave Vegas imo.
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Ya he clearly has no idea about anything regarding the raptors.
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....not like we have a starting SF at the moment. You seriously can't think Weems is a suitable option as a starter. He's not at that level yet. Truth hurts but it is what it is.
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....not like we have a starting SF at the moment. You seriously can't think Weems is a suitable option as a starter. He's not at that level yet. Truth hurts but it is what it is.
Weems/Kleiza/Derozan can all play SF.

We currently have one Center that can play, and he should be playing PF imo. That and the PG situation needs to be resolved. SF is the least of our worries.
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I'd be more than content to go into the season with Kleiza starting @ SF and either DD or Sonny backing him up. Doesn't mean we couldn't get an upgrade, but that's far from our main concern at the moment, especially considering the glut of SGs on the team.

PG position is also not one of a concern, so long as Caldy and Jack can still work together in terms of minutes distribution and starting role. We do need us some centre(s) though.
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Old 07-16-2010, 12:17 PM   #8 (permalink)
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....like I said, none of them are starting calibre. DD is a SG. Keep him there. Kleiza didn't start for Denver. Diaw would make sense but thats it. None of our guys are capable of it..yet.
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I would still be more than content to deal Jose if at all possible and let Banks play the back-up role fulltime (maybe competing with Bobby Brown if he's brought on).

Say what you will about him but Banks still plays D and he wasn't a liability on the floor for us last year.... plus... giving him some burn should boost his trade value a bit more. Who knows too... if he plays really well maybe we'd get to re-sign him cheap.
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....like I said, none of them are starting calibre. DD is a SG. Keep him there. Kleiza didn't start for Denver. Diaw would make sense but thats it. None of our guys are capable of it..yet.
Probably half the teams in the league don't have a "starting quality" SF.... they just make sure that the other parts of their roster are strong enough to compensate.

Weems is an athlete and he can play D, hit the glass and stick the jumper if you leave him open. Pretty much what you want IMO.
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we need a center. period. can also do to get rid of the redundancy on the roster (clean up the PG position). as for my Doug smith comment, i'm sure he knows his share of ball, but i don't take ANYTHING he says seriously. I mean seriously if we were to run a study of how many rumours / or inside information he's talked about, i am guessing at least 85% of it would be false. at least.

Honestly he probably knows about as much as we do when it comes to 'insider' nformation.
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....like I said, none of them are starting calibre. DD is a SG. Keep him there. Kleiza didn't start for Denver. Diaw would make sense but thats it. None of our guys are capable of it..yet.
Kleiza could start. He didn't start in Denver because he's was 22-23, and had an All-star in front of him. The guy can start for this team. Shit, off the bench the last two seasons in Denver he averaged a very respectable 10ppg/3.5rpg in 19 minutes. Give him 25+mpg and he'll likely give us 12-13ppg/5-6rpg from the SF position.
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....like I said, none of them are starting calibre. DD is a SG. Keep him there. Kleiza didn't start for Denver. Diaw would make sense but thats it. None of our guys are capable of it..yet.
Ever heard of Carmelo Anthony? Do we have one of those?

The only reason Kleiza might not be starting is if they acquire a better option or if they are not sure he can handle the minutes. If the latter is the case, I'd still start him, but then shuffle the deck a bit earlier, that's all.
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I would still be more than content to deal Jose if at all possible and let Banks play the back-up role fulltime (maybe competing with Bobby Brown if he's brought on).

Say what you will about him but Banks still plays D and he wasn't a liability on the floor for us last year.... plus... giving him some burn should boost his trade value a bit more. Who knows too... if he plays really well maybe we'd get to re-sign him cheap.
To be honest, without Jose here we'd still have 4 players that can play PG (Jack, Banks, Barbosa, Beli). But i'd still like to get an upgrade for the starters role.
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I highly doubt he would give you better results. Remember, he wasn't playing against the starters in Denver. He came off the bench to guard the other bench warmers. Don't jump to conclusions. I'm not saying he can't start but there definitely other commodities that could be acquired that could start in place for Kleiza and Weems..no offense bro but people are right lol you got a bromance with Kleiza.
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To be honest, without Jose here we'd still have 4 players that can play PG (Jack, Banks, Barbosa, Beli). But i'd still like to get an upgrade for the starters role.
But this is the problem for this team, isn't it? Too many good role players, not too many starting quality players.

In fact, I'd venture to say that none of our current projected starting five of Jack/Calderon, DD, Kleiza, Amir, Bargs is a lock to start on most other teams.

Well, Bargs might be, actually.
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Realistically though... who are we going to get that would upgrades over Jack and Kleiza?

Unless we trade Bargs we're not getting a star in return.
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I highly doubt he would give you better results. Remember, he wasn't playing against the starters in Denver. He came off the bench to guard the other bench warmers. Don't jump to conclusions. I'm not saying he can't start but there definitely other commodities that could be acquired that could start in place for Kleiza and Weems..no offense bro but people are right lol you got a bromance with Kleiza.

There can be, but i think we have more glaring holes to fill to say the least. Chances are it's Kleiza/Weems/Derozan playing the SF position and i'm fine with that. Our current backup Centers are Alabi and Dorsey...yeah we need a good Center and resolve the PG situation one way or another.
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obviously we need a C first, but we still are in need of a SF. our lineup is
Jack/Barbosa
Weems/Demar/Beli
Kleiza/Demar
Davis/Amir
Andrea/???/alabi

I'm sure Andrea will be taking the majority of the C minutes this season anyway, we had a Bosh/Bargs/Amir rotation last season with evans coming in time to time
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Why all the hate for Doug?

I'm sure they use him to get stuff out there true or not, just like he uses them for info and we are thin at SF.
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