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Old 12-19-2011, 11:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Key additions: Jonas Valanciunas (draft), Gary Forbes (FA), Rasual Butler (FA), Aaron Gray (FA), Anthony Carter (FA), Jamaal Magloire (FA)

Key subtractions: Sonny Weems

GM Bryan Colangelo got a second lease on his job this offseason. With the pressure off, he is wisely preaching patience as he rebuilds the Raptors in the wake of Chris Bosh's defection last year.

The team got off to a great start when it landed what could be the steal of the draft, Lithuanian big man Jonas Valanciunas, with the No. 5 pick. The Raptors took a gamble, knowing Valanciunas can't play in the NBA this season. But he is worth the risk. The team is in dire need of help in the middle, and when he comes over, he should be a franchise type of center.

The Raptors will try to repeat that haul in the 2012 draft -- widely considered one of the strongest in the past five years. They won't be very good this season, but a high draft choice will be balm to that wound. The Raptors are eyeing about $15 million in cap space next summer too (even more if they choose to grant amnesty to Jose Calderon or Linas Kleiza then) and feel that next year's free-agent class has a lot more potential.

GRADE: B
NBA - 2011 offseason grades for every team - ESPN
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Old 12-20-2011, 03:55 AM   #2 (permalink)
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i'd accept a B, personally i'd say B+.

don't only look at what we DID do but also what we DIDN'T. I.e picking up an expensive FA. I think that takes intelligence, patience and cojones to do that.
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Old 12-20-2011, 04:10 AM   #3 (permalink)
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compared to the huge FA money flying around for aging not superstar players we did great
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Old 12-20-2011, 04:15 AM   #4 (permalink)
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B is spot on, Tank all day.
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Old 12-20-2011, 04:51 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I would give them an A, just for not making any stupid offers and FINALLY admitting that this team is shit and needs more "building".
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Old 12-20-2011, 05:28 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Lol, well its way better then grabbing a J O'neal and Turkoglu that we end up paying over for and not doing squat
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Old 12-20-2011, 06:18 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Lol, well its way better then grabbing a J O'neal and Turkoglu that we end up paying over for and not doing squat
Both moves people were blowing their Wadd over. Lol
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Old 12-20-2011, 08:53 AM   #8 (permalink)
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everything sounds so much better in retrospect tho
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Old 12-20-2011, 09:09 AM   #9 (permalink)
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we didn't get hamstrung in the offseason. so I guess thats a positive.
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Old 12-20-2011, 10:28 AM   #10 (permalink)
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A 'B'???

I don't know what happened in the Labour talks....or the latest Marketing forecast meetings at ESPN, but it seems they are ready to embrace Toronto again.

Thats a good thing boys... a VERY good thing.

Perception is Key.... bunker crop of rooks coming in the Draft...not a bad thing for those kids to tell their Agents that Toronto is a cool place to be.

Things just may be looking up.
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Old 12-20-2011, 11:57 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Does a B rating really help that much in our reputation around the league? I mean we basically did what any rebuilding team would do, sign vets for cheap and short contracts & start building with a new philosphy with the young players.
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Old 12-20-2011, 12:12 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Oh yes. Seeing as in the past it might have been an F with some seriously ridiculous Municipal and Nation insults!
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