Given a chance he never thought he'd get, Bryan Colangelo went a little berserk this summer, remaking the Raptors
almost from top to bottom, a startling reconstruction of a roster that needed some infusion of talent, toughness and skill.
Starting today, he finds out if all his machinations worked.
There are nine new players compared to the end of last season, and only three players at this year's training camp who were here a year ago, giving the team a new look it desperately needed.
"The scope of the makeover definitely changed from what we originally thought but it wasn't because we didn't feel like we should do some of those things," the president and general manager explained. "It was because we were limited in what we thought we had available to us."
That all changed after a bold four-team, double sign-and-trade transaction centred on Hedo Turkoglu and Shawn Marion which gave Colangelo the resources to complete a rather remarkable makeover that will be fully unveiled at the team's annual media day today.
"We're much better off for it," said Colangelo. "With all the new faces it's going to be a challenge ... but we really did want to make some changes.
"We've accomplished it on paper and now we have to put it all together."
There's the rub.
Yes, on paper the Raptors
seem vastly improved over the squad that finished last season 33-49.
They have five backups who have been NBA starters and a big starting lineup seemingly more talented than it's been in years.
But paper isn't reality; no one can tell what is actually going to transpire during the course of a season.
"Jay's going to have some challenges here to figure out who to play on given nights and others, who's going to dress, who's not going to dress," Colangelo said of coach Jay Triano.
"The good news? That depth will allow for ... you to overcome some of those things," said Colangelo of the injuries which inevitably crop up over a season.
One of "those things" has already happened, with Chris Bosh
likely to miss the practice portion of training camp nursing a hamstring injury.
say they will have Bosh
reevaluated once the Ottawa portion of camp is complete – all but an admission he won't take part in any of the seven practices scheduled tomorrow through Friday. But they are also not planning on bringing in a player to fill out the roster spot; they'll conduct camp with the 14 players already under contract.