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Old 07-15-2009, 10:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Riddle me this:

If you're Bryan Colangelo and you have $6 million in MLE to spend thanks to a fortuitous trade, do you:

a) Immediately spend it on multiple players to shore up multiple holes in your lineup;
b) Take your time and wait for deals to fall through the cracks and hopefully grab some bargains; or
c) Spend the vast majority of it on a free agent that addresses one of your major needs.

When Colangelo decided to spend his hard-fought, hard-earned MLE on a player of Jarrett Jack's reputation and ability, I was at first, enthusiastic about the move. With Roko Ukic showing little improvement from last season during the Summer League action, and the point guard situation still very much up in the air (seriously, Smush Parker?!), the Raptors needed to shore up the position - preferrably with a player that would be a consummate professional, be able to take charge of the second unit, and perhaps most importantly, be able to play more than one position. By adding a versatile guard to the roster like Jack, it would allow the Raptors to include Ukic in the regular rotation should he show steady improvement over the course of the year.

However, at an announced $20 million over 4 years, Jarrett Jack will not only become one of the higher paid Raptors but his addition would also bring the team's total salary committment to the point guard position (Calderon, Banks, Ukic, Douby, and Jack) to just under $20 million per year! In a calculated move, BC offered Jack enough money to make it hard for Indiana to match. Should the Pacers decide to match the offer it would put them in a difficult salary cap situation. That being said if Jack does wear a Raps jersey this coming season BC can't be comfortable having almost 1/3rd of the salary cap tied up in the PG position - especially when two of those guys likely won't contribute.

Many fans in Indiana (specifically those over at Indy Cornrows) have talked about how Jack has really emerged in the past year as a professional who works hard and gets after the ball. He has been known to turn the ball over with some mental errors, but he has helped the Pacers with his toughness and willingness to attack the basket. At 6'3", Jack is rarely at a high disadvantage when covering the other teams PG and his strength doesn't allow the opposition to run isolation and back him down into the post. Perhaps Jack's real value to this Raptors team will be his ability to improve the play of just about everyone in the second unit. Jack is a willing distributor and can manage the floor. He did afterall, surpass TJ Ford on the depth chart last season...something Jose Calderon is all too familiar with.

Even with Jack's addition however, the Raptors still have some holes that need to be filled. With Patrick O'Bryant showing why he's been a 7 foot door stop for most of his career, the Raptors must find a way to shore up their front court. With only Chris Bosh, Andrea Bargnani, and Reggie Evans as suitable rotational players the Raptors are missing some size and depth. If the Raptors cannot come to terms with another big then signing Jack just isn't enough.

Should Tuesday roll around and we find out that JJ is the newest Raptor I will be satisfied with the move but it's going to be too early to break out the champagne. Rather, I'll be looking to see what Colangelo's next move will be.
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Old 07-15-2009, 11:10 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The salary issue is pointless to talk about. For Colangelo's system to work properly he needs good ball movement all the time. Calderon has shown he regresses when given big minutes. Calderon needed a sidekick and now he has it. The first and second units flowing well is worth $5M more.

Banks might get bought out
Ukic and/or Douby might be traded tomorrow for all we know

I've learned a long time ago not to doubt Colangelo. He has a way of making smart moves most of the time and fixing his mistakes. This Jack deal is similar to the Rafer Alston deal the Raptors shelled out man moons ago; Alston had one more year, I think. Its not a bad deal, Jack is better than Alston both in body and mind.
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Wait, if we are offering Jack $5mil per, does that mean we can use the leftover money, add it to the vet min, and sign another big man (assuming that Rasho is taking the bi-annual)?
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Wait, if we are offering Jack $5mil per, does that mean we can use the leftover money, add it to the vet min, and sign another big man (assuming that Rasho is taking the bi-annual)?
No, it means that have $1M left over in MLE money, the Bi-annual exception of $2M and the rights to Delfino. They have two spots left if Jack signs. So, if they don't do a trade that $1M in MLE money won't be used. That's not a bad thing.
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Calderon has shown he regresses when given big minutes.
Really?

When did he show this? In game 4 of last season when he tore his Hamstring and pretty much wrote off the season??

Good god.
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For short terms he's been fine but when he gets extended minutes over several games he's looked worn down. Jack should be a good backup.
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For short terms he's been fine but when he gets extended minutes over several games he's looked worn down. Jack should be a good backup.
That's much is a much better wording of what I was trying to say.
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Signing JJ is vital to BC's plans otherwise he wouldn't spend the whole MLE on him. This guy is everything that Jose isn't (except for the fact that they are both Bosh's friends).
JJ slashes/penetrates almost at will he is a strong guard that can finish in traffic and is a good on the ball defender.
His job here (if indiana doesn't match) will be primarily scoring off the bench and helping improve the production of the second unit. Given he scored in double digits as a starter in Indiana I can only imagine his numbers going up in here if he comes off the bench.
I think BC has one more move left up his sleeve (if JJ signing goes through). I agree with the reader we will have a glut of PG not to mention Hed and Delfino (who both can handle the ball), I can definitely see BC unload some of them in a package for another player with a longer contract.
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The salary issue is pointless to talk about. For Colangelo's system to work properly he needs good ball movement all the time. Calderon has shown he regresses when given big minutes. Calderon needed a sidekick and now he has it. The first and second units flowing well is worth $5M more.
+1. Jack is definitely worth it. Five million for a guy who scores 13 points/per game, very good defender, and can create off the dribble. Its all worth it, but there is a potential point guard controversy. The east is filled with lightning quick point guards (Rose, Rondo, Harris, Louis Williams, Stuckey). Some of these teams were are playing 3 or 4 times a year. We all know Jose is sub-par defender, and these guards always have big games with the Raptors. What happens when the team does well when Jack is on the floor. Each year Jose is always injured. What happens Jack does well when Jose is gone and the defense improves, and the team excels. We have aready experienced a TJ and Jose PG contreversy, and Indiana experienced a TJ and Jack PG controversy.
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Calderon is the better PG. Jack has flaws and is being overpayed.
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actually, those quick point guards usually have sub par nights against us - check it up.
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Tony Parker murders the Raptors.
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actually, those quick point guards usually have sub par nights against us - check it up.
Really, cause Nate Robinson, Tony Parker, Steve Nash, Rondo, Rose, CP3 always seem to kill us.

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Really, cause Nate Robinson, Tony Parker, Steve Nash, Rondo, Rose, CP3 always seem to kill us.
I wonder if we can stick Jack at these guards, and let Jose guard the 2. All these teams are built on allowing their point guards to attack the paint and kicking it out to outside shooters.
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I wonder if we can stick Jack at these guards, and let Jose guard the 2. All these teams are built on allowing their point guards to attack the paint and kicking it out to outside shooters.
I thought of the same thing. Of course it depends on the opposition.

For intance, Jack on Jameer Nelson and Josť on Vince Carter?? OUCH I don't think so!!! lol

But yes, I think Calderon might do a better job guarding typical catch-and-shoot SG's than very quick penetrating PG's.

Btw, how much time do the Pacers still have to match the offer?

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I thought of the same thing. Of course it depends on the opposition.

For intance, Jack on Jameer Nelson and Josť on Vince Carter?? OUCH I don't think so!!! lol

But yes, I think Calderon might do a better job guarding typical catch-and-shoot SG's than very quick penetrating PG's.

Btw, how much time do the Pacers still have to match the offer?
The Pacers have to match by Monday night. Some good news today, Pacers will commit more of ther cap space by their plans to re-sign Josh McRoberts. I know the Pacers don't want to go over the luxury tax, so the more money they spend, the less money they have available to retain Jack.

NBA.com: Pacers planning on re-signing McRoberts soon

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I wonder if we can stick Jack at these guards, and let Jose guard the 2. All these teams are built on allowing their point guards to attack the paint and kicking it out to outside shooters.
Jack is just as big as Jose and he's a better defender. I think the better defender needs to take the more difficult assignment.
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this signing will turn out to be one of the most lucrative and underrated pickups for the raps ever.
first, it was by miracle of number crunching and backroom talks that we were able to scrape enough money out of the marion and hedo deals to get the MLE.
and secondly, jack is the perfect player for this team at the current moment.
he fills in so many holes...
we need a back up PG... (but we have roko)... scratch that, we desperately need a GOOD back up PG - check.
we need a player who can fill in at the SG spot with AP gone - check.
we need a bench player who can light it up when the second unit enters - check.
we need another double digit scorer - check.
we need a player with some balls and passion - check.
we need a player who is tight with CB and may help in getting him to re-sign - check.

i'll go down on record as saying JJ will be one of the best FA signings in the raps history.
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depends on how well they do, the stars are definitely aligning for colangelo, Jack will keep chris in town if we do good, no doubt.
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