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Old 06-01-2010, 12:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How do you decide who to pick if half your roster might be different next season?

That’s the dilemma the Raptor braintrust is facing as it prepares for the NBA draft on June 24th.

With franchise forward Chris Bosh all but gone, high-priced 2009 acquisition Hedo Turkoglu trying mightily to talk himself out the door and with president/general manager Bryan Colangelo strongly hinting that one of Jarrett Jack and Jose Calderon will be collecting pay cheques in America next season, the Raptors could have seven or eight new faces next season.

Teams should never draft for need, that’s how Rafael Araujo-sized blunders occur, but it certainly helps narrow down the field when you have an idea of what holes need to be filled.

Colangelo ducked the media as if it was carriers of the plague after the team worked out four NCAA players Monday, saying only through his staff he is still “gathering information” about Turkoglu’s ill-advised calling out of the franchise on Turkish television on Friday.

So, while most of the recent standout NBA teams — the Lakers, the Spurs, the Pistons, the Celtics, to name a few examples — got that way largely as a result of keeping together and melding a core for a number of years, the Raptors are once again in a familiar position. Fifteen years later, this franchise is still blowing up its roster every couple of years and maybe that helps explain its lack of overall success?

It certainly doesn’t make this time of year any easier as senior director of player personnel and day-oner Jim Kelly was saying Monday.

“It’s challenging, clearly we have some things ahead of us that we need to clean up and straighten out,” Kelly said, obviously referring to the Bosh and Turkoglu questions that hang like a black cloud over the franchise.

“That will have an influence on where we go in the draft (the Raptors hold the 13th selection), as well as looking for the best possible player for our team.”

Kelly called the draft a very deep one, but conceded that after the top two picks there is “maybe not a lot of star potential, but a lot of good players who will be (in the) NBA for a lot of years.”
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BPA ftw!
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Old 06-01-2010, 02:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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BPA ftw!
Agreed. Seems like an easy solution.
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Old 06-01-2010, 02:44 PM   #4 (permalink)
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kelly is a douche,
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Old 06-01-2010, 02:49 PM   #5 (permalink)
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right now we don't have a quality starting PG, SG, SF, PF or traditional center
so BPA is the route to go
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Old 06-01-2010, 03:48 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Old 06-01-2010, 03:53 PM   #7 (permalink)
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hmm i see. You guys are all Rafael Araujo haters
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hmm i see. You guys are all Rafael Araujo haters
How could you hate a guy like this?

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Old 06-01-2010, 04:51 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Old 06-01-2010, 06:17 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Not all!
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Old 06-01-2010, 06:21 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Old 06-01-2010, 06:36 PM   #13 (permalink)
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The pick will be gone along with more than half the team.
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Old 06-01-2010, 06:42 PM   #14 (permalink)
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The pick will be gone along with more than half the team.

+1

At the same time, if Bosh is S&T we'll likely get 1 or 2 picks anyway. But, one or both PG's are as good as gone, same with Hedo and Bosh. I just hope Amir is re-signed.

Gone imo: 1 or more expirings, Jose, Hedo, Bosh, Rasho (obviously), Wright.
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Old 06-01-2010, 07:03 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Old 06-01-2010, 07:28 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Not all!
We all know you don't :P
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Old 06-02-2010, 09:53 AM   #18 (permalink)
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The pick will be gone along with more than half the team.
Hopefully Colangelo makes himself gone along with them.
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