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jeffb 05-31-2012 07:11 PM

Star: Raps could have interest in Lamb, Rivers, Barnes, Waiters
 
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The website Hoopshype.com has the Raptors paired with Duke’s Austin Rivers, son of Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers and a player who is viewed as a combo guard after being found wanting at the point in college. That seems a little too easy, no? ESPN has the Raptors linked with Syracuse shooting guard Dion Waiters, while Draftexpress.com has Connecticut shooting guard Jeremy Lamb going to the Raptors behind another player said to interest Toronto, small forward Harrison Barnes of North Carolina.

There are Raptors fans who believe the team did itself a disservice by not tanking and increasing their odds of a better pick. Leaving aside the moral implications of that approach – tough to talk “culture change” without executing it – the truth is it was wholly unrealistic to expect a team led by a once-fired coach trying to rebuild his reputation with players looking for another pay-day and expect them to blow a few games just for yucks. The Raptors, in other words, didn’t have players good enough or comfortable enough to tank. In fact, what the Raptors need more than anything is more talent across the board. It’s just the degree of need that varies.

This is very clearly Casey’s team, more so in some ways than it is Colangelo’s team. Andrea Bargnani can play for Casey. DeMar DeRozan can if he continues to show a willingness to engage in the nasty areas where offensive genius is rewarded. Ed Davis, with more muscle, is a ball magnet – maybe not enough to be a starter, but enough to come off the bench. And don’t forget Jonas Valanciunas, the Lithuanian big man and last year’s top pick who is said to be on the verge of a buy-out. The rest of what the Raptors have is, frankly, disposable. So Colangelo was right on Wednesday to say all options are open: about $12-million (U.S.) in cap space, an amnesty clause, and with three picks in the draft, a willingness to put together a trade package. Colangelo is open to drafting for positional need, but will also consider taking the proverbial best player available.

“We feel with a player at eight, we can add to our building process, or package it with something else to create a trade asset,” Colangelo said.

And that’s how it should be. This club wasn’t one or two picks away going into Wednesday night. It certainly wasn’t coming out of Wednesday night.

Status quo leaves options open for Raptors - The Globe and Mail

EggsToTheBBQ 05-31-2012 07:15 PM

Meh, no real information here.

The article just names all the players from the mock drafts around the internet.

Superjudge 05-31-2012 07:57 PM

Its actually a pretty good article. Its honest, I like that.

pzabby 05-31-2012 08:09 PM

ya know, what mock drafts have us getting barnes. tbh, I havent even seen any with him in the top 15 :confused2:

jeffb 05-31-2012 08:11 PM

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Originally Posted by pzabby (Post 649031)
ya know, what mock drafts have us getting barnes. tbh, I havent even seen any with him in the top 15 :confused2:

I saw one today that had Barnes going #2

Dark Knight 05-31-2012 08:50 PM

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Originally Posted by pzabby (Post 649031)
ya know, what mock drafts have us getting barnes. tbh, I havent even seen any with him in the top 15 :confused2:

Have you looked at any mock drafts? :confused2:

box92 05-31-2012 09:17 PM

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Originally Posted by pzabby (Post 649031)
ya know, what mock drafts have us getting barnes. tbh, I havent even seen any with him in the top 15 :confused2:

are you trolling?

halphbreedballer 05-31-2012 09:43 PM

It's Barnes, Lamb or trade IMO.

pzabby 05-31-2012 09:53 PM

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Originally Posted by box1992 (Post 649062)
are you trolling?

No i'm not trolling. I never do. I haven't looked at many i'll admit, but haven't ever seen him top 15. 17-19 always for some reason :confused2:

carp 05-31-2012 09:56 PM

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Originally Posted by pzabby (Post 649085)
No i'm not trolling. I never do. I haven't looked at many i'll admit, but haven't ever seen him top 15. 17-19 always for some reason :confused2:

Are you sure you're looking at this year's draft? lol

Barnes is going lottery, guaranteed.

Dario 05-31-2012 09:58 PM

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Originally Posted by carp (Post 649086)
Are you sure you're looking at this year's draft? lol

Barnes is going lottery, guaranteed.

I say he goes 7th

poetics 05-31-2012 11:38 PM

Barnes, unless he has shitty workouts, is going 2nd to MJ's Cats...mark it..

MJ manages the Bobcats with that same pride he played with as a player...same attitude...his BBall biz mentality is horrible. he will pick Barnes for NC pride / connection and most likely because Barnes will pan out. Enough to not make him look bad.

LET'S GO RAPTORS!!!!! 06-01-2012 10:03 AM

Lamb, Rivers, Barnes, Waiters - 3 of them are SGs, DD has to watch his back (however at 8 I don't think BC picks Rivers or Waiters).

Carlos Danger 06-01-2012 11:39 PM

I'd like to see us move up and take Barnes.:reporter:

LET'S GO RAPTORS!!!!! 06-02-2012 12:31 AM

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Originally Posted by Batman (Post 649521)
I'd like to see us move up and take Barnes.:reporter:

There could be a possible ED + 8th pick move for him. He could also slip but that's doubtful, however not impossible.

DVS 06-02-2012 01:56 AM

Waiters is a talent but to see him go 8th I'd be shocked. The guy didn't even start for Syracuse.

LET'S GO RAPTORS!!!!! 06-02-2012 02:05 AM

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Originally Posted by DVS (Post 649574)
Waiters. The guy didn't even start for Syracuse.

This.

shenmui 06-02-2012 03:50 AM

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Originally Posted by ChristTrip (Post 649087)
I say he goes 7th

I think the same. Warriors need him as much as us. Who knows, if we'll be lucky... maybe Lamb can go 8th

rapsmannn 06-02-2012 05:14 AM

anybody else interested in trading down, geting the 14 and 16th pick, austin rivers, mo harkless might be available then, even marshall could fall,

im just not seeing much of a talent difference between 8 and 16, some nice depth guys, raps could use more of those guys

shenmui 06-02-2012 06:27 AM

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Originally Posted by rapsmannn (Post 649594)
anybody else interested in trading down, geting the 14 and 16th pick, austin rivers, mo harkless might be available then, even marshall could fall,

im just not seeing much of a talent difference between 8 and 16, some nice depth guys, raps could use more of those guys

This draft will be very deep. We've been vey unlucky not to get another pick in some ways as Hornets did.


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