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Old 05-09-2012, 09:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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In the next few days, we’ll provdie an early list of some players that logically might interest the Raptors and my stab at what they might cost. Today, the free agents:

Via free agency:

Goran Dragic, PG – Houston loves him and GM Daryl Morey knows his stuff, but the team also has the excellent Kyle Lowry as the incumbent starter. The Raptors would gladly take either. Unless the offers get absurd, expect the Rockets to keep both players and utilize them at the same time on occasion, since both are solid defenders.

Projected cost: Unrestricted free agent, 4 years, $28-$36 million

Steve Nash, PG: Nash almost certainly will go to a contender, but the only lottery team with a shot at him is the only Canadian team. Has a good relationship with Colangelo, obviously and would become an even bigger star in Canada by joining the Raptors, but he’s toiled a long time without a ring. Also, Dwane Casey is a defensive-minded, half-court type of coach (though he says he’d love to see Toronto more up-tempo in the future). Nash might not be the right fit since Toronto’s core is extremely young, but his arrival would get the team into the playoffs and what a story it would be.

Projected cost: Unrestricted free agent, 2 years, maximum salary.

Nic Batum SG/SF: Portland surely will match any offers for this do-it-all swingman and he has said in the past he wasn’t too pleased Toronto said he had a heart issue after he had a draft workout for the team, but money talks. If the Raptors offer him a ton, Portland might let him go. Batum can shoot, slash and defend and would be a great fit.

Projected cost: Restricted free agent, 4 years, $40 million offer sheet.

Jeff Green SF: If he is medically cleared to play, Green likely will go back to the Celtics, but he’d also be a nice fit, provided he was healthy.

Projected cost: Unrestricted free agent, unclear.

DJ Augustin PG: If Charlotte is convinced Kemba Walker can man the point for the team going forward, any kind of reasonable offer for Augustin likely won’t be matched. Even if Walker isn’t a point guard, he and Walker are too small to play together in the same backcourt, so if a team wants Augustin, it likely can have him. he’s quick and can pass, but isn’t a great defender and is a streaky shooter.

Projected cost: Restricted free agent, 4 years, $16 million offer sheet?

Omer Asik C: The best backup centre in the league, he will have a Marcin Gortat-esque impact if he is ever turned loose. Though he’s not the offensive player Gortat is, Asik is a demon of a rebounder, a great defender and shot-blocker. Probably not a fit because Jonas Valanciunas is the future in Toronto at the position, but multiple sources have confirmed Toronto loves him.

Projected cost: Restricted free agent, 4 years, $28 million?

Anthony Parker SG: Time to repatriate Parker to add some veteran leadership? Doesn’t have a ton left and likely stays in Cleveland, but would provide some shooting.

Projected cost: Unrestricted free agent, 2 years, $4.5 million

Jason Terry SG: A Casey favourite, likely will stay put, perhaps to spend quite a bit of time playing beside Deron Williams.

Projected cost: Unrestricted free agent, 4 years, $32 million.

Carlos Delfino SF: Another ex-Raptor. Struggles to stay healthy and the Bucks want to keep him but has become a much better player since leaving Toronto.

Projected cost: Unrestricted free agent, 4 years, $26 million

Ersan Ilyasova PF: One of the best per-minute rebounders in the NBA. A good scorer too. Not really a fit, but perhaps could be if the Raptors took the dramatic step of using the amnesty on Amir Johnson (which I don’t think would be a good call). Unclear if he can play big minutes.

Projected cost: Unrestricted free agent, 4 years, $28-$32 million

Courtney Lee SG: Fits the need for a shooter off of the bench. A premier outside shooter and a pretty good defender, Houston probably matches most offers.

Projected cost: Restricted free agent, 4 years, $16-20 million

Steve Novak PF: Came out of nowhere to emerge as an impact player with New York. Arguably best outside shooter in the league but doesn’t do anything else particularly well. Somebody will sign him to be a specialist, but doesn’t make a lot of sense in Toronto because of Andrea Bargnani.

Projected cost: Unrestricted free agent, 3 years, $12 million

Lou Williams PG/SG: Philadelphia’s leading scorer despite coming off of the bench is basically a better Leandro Barbosa. Lots of teams will come calling for the second coming of Vinnie “The Microwave” Johnson.

Projected cost: Unrestricted free agent, 4 years, $28-$32 million
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Most of those players don't interest me.

One player i do like there among a couple is Courtney Lee. I would offer him 4yrs/24Mil if that's who we were to go after.


Oh, and.......Anthony Parker?

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Jonas and Asik splitting time at center would be a dream.
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Jonas and Asik splitting time at center would be a dream.
I was thinking that too. And Asik would be cheaper then keeping both Gray and Amir. We could just not re-sign Gray, trade Amir and sign Asik? Then maybe you just keep Magloire at the minimum.


Bargs/Davis/JJ
Joval/Asik/Magloire
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Throw the big bucks at Dragic and Batum right away.

See what happens.
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I was thinking that too. And Asik would be cheaper then keeping both Gray and Amir. We could just not re-sign Gray, trade Amir and sign Asik? Then maybe you just keep Magloire at the minimum.


Bargs/Davis/JJ
Joval/Asik/Magloire
I would try for a sign-and-trade with Chicago, with Amir going the Bulls way and Asik coming here. No doubt the Bulls would be all over Amir.
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I would try for a sign-and-trade with Chicago, with Amir going the Bulls way and Asik coming here. No doubt the Bulls would be all over Amir.
I think Amir's salary could be an issue
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I think Amir's salary could be an issue
A MLE type of salary is an issue? I doubt it....besides he would kill it in Chicago imo.
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Why not sign a SG (Lee, Gordon?)+ Asik, and then trade DD/Amir for a SF?

Jose/Marshall?
Gordon/Forbes
Iggy/JJ/LK
Bargs/Davis
Joval/Asik

Next season when Jose expires get your PG?

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I would try for a sign-and-trade with Chicago, with Amir going the Bulls way and Asik coming here. No doubt the Bulls would be all over Amir.
I respectfully disagree. Amir costs $6 mill next year, and the Bulls have Taj Gibson on the bench (similar size). Chicago has more use for Asik's big body than Amir. If Asik gets an offer of $7-7.5 mill, the Bulls might as well pay that to keep him rather than take Amir.
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I respectfully disagree. Amir costs $6 mill next year, and the Bulls have Taj Gibson on the bench (similar size). Chicago has more use for Asik's big body than Amir. If Asik gets an offer of $7-7.5 mill, the Bulls might as well pay that to keep him rather than take Amir.
I forgot about Gibson, but Chicago could use Taj packaged with another player as trade bait for an adequate starting shooting guard (Mayo, for example), as Amir brings just as much as to the table as Gibson.

With Noah as their full-time center, they really don't need a guy like Asik, although he's a good commodity for a winning team to have around, so I can't see them not matching any offer we throw at him.
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If I'm BC I throw the farm at both Lowry and Gordon first and see what happens. Then you can go after Dragic and Batum if those fall through.
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If I'm BC I throw the farm at both Lowry and Gordon first and see what happens. Then you can go after Dragic and Batum if those fall through.
Lowry is under contract, no? But i agree with the players you mention. And as i mentioned if a SG like Gordon can be signed i would seriously shop DD in a package for a SF.

Lowry or Dragic + Gordon

Trade for a SF.



Obviously it's highly unlikely to say the least. But what the hell.
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If I'm BC I throw the farm at both Lowry and Gordon first and see what happens. Then you can go after Dragic and Batum if those fall through.
Only problem with Gordon and Batum is they're both RFA's, which means they could tie up our cap space for 3 days each. And as mentioned, Lowry is under contract, unless by farm you meant throw our stable of tradable players at him.
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isn't harden a RFA? I wouldn't mind us throwing a max at him, they may not be able to match with two max contracts on their roster - they're still a small market team with a limited budget.
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A MLE type of salary is an issue? I doubt it....besides he would kill it in Chicago imo.
gibson is better than amir, they have no need for him. They could play him at C maybe, but paying 5M for a 4th big is a little excessive I think. Asik will probably get less than that anyway.
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Puke to most of those deals....for this team!
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DD,8th pick, ED for J.Harden+ one of R.Jackson, Collison, D.Cook, E.Maynor, Aldrich or Hayward. Harden was drafted the same year as DD, so he is not an FA this year. I think OKC would strongly consider this deal.
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Nash for 2 years at max salary? Is this article a joke?

Also, Harden is not someone I'd chuck the max to, even tho he is great.
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