Has Eric Smith lost his mind?
Old 07-27-2010, 04:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I’m about to break one of my biggest / most important rules; one that I’ve had in place for more than 10 years …

I’m going to mention a ‘fantasy trade’ that I’d support the Raptors inquiring about.

I will, however, say that the reason I bring up this ‘fantasy trade’ is because I’ve had a lot of people ask me about the player(s) I’m about to mention. This isn’t an original idea on my part — so maybe I can’t be blamed for creating this ‘fantasy’ — I’m simply responding to what others are talking about.

Emeka Okafor.

Listen, Okafor is overpaid. I’m not sure that there are many in NBA circles that could argue that he’s making too much money (not that it’s HIS fault though; the man simply signed a contract that he was offered). Here’s what’s left on his deal:

2010/11 -$11.5 million
2011/12 - $12.5 million
2012/13 - $13.5 million
2013/14 - $14.5 million

The Raptors are in dire need of a starting center right now (or a legit back-up at the very least). They thought they had that big man in the middle when they were close to pulling off a trade for Charlotte Bobcats big man, Tyson Chandler. But when that deal fell through, Andrea Bargnani was penciled back in as the starting center for T.O. and Amir Johnson suddenly went back into the starting line up as well (at PF). And now the Raps are left with Ed Davis and Reggie Evans coming off the bench with Solomon Alabi as the only other CENTER. It’s not pretty at this point.

That’s where Okafor comes into the mix.

By acquiring the 6′10 product from Connecticut, Toronto would have that starting center they’re looking for and Bargnani could slide over to his more natural position at the 4. The Raptors would be obtaining a durable player that has played all 82 games for 3 straight seasons; a big man that has averaged 13.3 PPG, 10.3 REB, and 1.8 BLK for his career.
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Old 07-27-2010, 04:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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No just no. Eric WTF, no one wants his shitty contract esp. with a new CBA looming
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Why has he lost his mind? This isn't that bad for the raptors. We unload Jose and Evans, then we get Okafor and a trade exception. Jose has no place on this team and his contract is almost the same shit
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Why has he lost his mind? This isn't that bad for the raptors. We unload Jose and Evans, then we get Okafor and a trade exception. Jose has no place on this team and his contract is almost the same shit
I heard him on the radio today and he suggested giving NO our TPE for Okafor.
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I heard him on the radio today and he suggested giving NO our TPE for Okafor.
Definitely no. It would be better to give Jose instead... BC will end up trading Jose and this is a perfect time.
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Old 07-27-2010, 05:11 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Eric was clearly on drugs. This would only handicap us further into being horrible, out of the playoffs, and completely fucked cap wise. We'd cement ourselves into the 11th spot in the East for 3 years while having no way to get out of it. Hooray!
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Old 07-27-2010, 05:14 PM   #7 (permalink)
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It really doesn't look like were going to trade Jose this summer...

I think with the defensive players we have now he isn't looking so bad anymore as it is...

I'm OK with getting Okafor he's only 28 this year he will still be in his prime while here for those 4 years & he will not be pressed into scoring as much as he needed to on his 2 previouse teams

Chandler<Okafor

I'm sayin!

PS I would rather trade Evans, Banks & the Suns PTE for Okafor & that is the only way I do this deal!

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Eric was clearly on drugs. This would only handicap us further into being horrible, out of the playoffs, and completely fucked cap wise. We'd cement ourselves into the 11th spot in the East for 3 years while having no way to get out of it. Hooray!
How so? A point guard who was on the trading block and plays no defense, or a defensive minded center .. hmm tough decision.
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Old 07-27-2010, 05:30 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Yea let's go get a guy that makes like 13 mil over the next 4 years rather then having a guy that makes 8 mil for only 2 more years. Amazing move isn't it :facepalm:
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ya i heard this on the radio too today and i just turned it off in disgust, thank goodness hes not our gm
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Yea let's go get a guy that makes like 13 mil over the next 4 years rather then having a guy that makes 8 mil for only 2 more years. Amazing move isn't it :facepalm:
Just to let you know, if Bargnani goes down we will lose every game.. besides him the only center we have is a 2nd round rookie who hasn't proved anything. I'd take Emeka Okafor > Calderon any day.
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Definitely no. It would be better to give Jose instead... BC will end up trading Jose and this is a perfect time.
BRING OKAFOR HERE!

but only if this happens...

A) Chris Paul stays in NO
B) The deal then looks like this: TPE & Evans for Okafor & Collison
C) Jose is shipped out.


Jose will not go to NO cuz they want to shed salary, so we have to find someone else to take him.

However Okafor, with the team with have now (with or without Collison) would be a great fit. Overpaid for sure, but a great fit. We could use his rebounding and shot blocking presence inside and would allow for Bargs to play PF....
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Just to let you know, if Bargnani goes down we will lose every game.. besides him the only center we have is a 2nd round rookie who hasn't proved anything. I'd take Emeka Okafor > Calderon any day.
You dont seem to get it. We get Okafor, we're crippled cap wise. We're going to suck anyway. Why get a guy who isnt going to turn the team around, with one of the worst contracts in the league, if its only gonna make you marginally better and not allow you to have any flexibility in offseasons of upcoming years?

Its not even about the play on the court at this point with this team. So yes I'd prefer a no defence Calderon with 2 years left over Okafor with 4.
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Just to let you know, if Bargnani goes down we will lose every game.. besides him the only center we have is a 2nd round rookie who hasn't proved anything. I'd take Emeka Okafor > Calderon any day.
It's not the player, or his skills that's the problem. It's his contract. BC is trying to dump Jose's contract on someone. Talent wise I would also pick Okafor over Chandler.
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It could be a sign of someone that is not looking forward to doing play by play for a team that is so lacking, and there isn't really a lot of other ways to plug that hole.
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I'd rather not use the TPE than take Okafor ... no thanks
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It could be a sign of someone that is not looking forward to doing play by play for a team that is so lacking, and there isn't really a lot of other ways to plug that hole.
Really? omg please... :facepalm:

Has nothing to do with it... if he continues to be apart of the broadcast team he's lucky...

and Paul Jones does the play by play not E.Smith
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It could be a sign of someone that is not looking forward to doing play by play for a team that is so lacking, and there isn't really a lot of other ways to plug that hole.
Wow!
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I heard him on the radio today and he suggested giving NO our TPE for Okafor.
only way we do it is if we can get collison...
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Evans, Banks, Jones (can be traded for TPE magic) for Okafor.
We give up nothing but cap flexibility.

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