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Dr. J. Naismith 01-10-2008 10:04 AM

Trade Deadline Looms - No Trades from Raptors?
 
I believe this guy's just a blogger so take it for what its worth, but does anyone agree that BC will sit tight with who we have right now and only make a couple minor deals before this upcoming deadline? :confused:

I'd like to think that those minor deals that some are predicting are going to help us, but more than a back-up PG we absolutely have to address our rebounding situation. Its to the point where its embarrassing. :(

Quote:

Originally Posted by The Bleacher Report
While many sports writers and fans in Toronto are speculating trades to be made before the February trade deadline, I don't believe that any blockbuster is coming.

They may make some minor trade(s) to fet a backup point guard if they determine that T.J. Ford won't be able to play this year; they may also clear some room for a draft choice in the upcoming draft.

But I believe Bryan Colangelo is gearing up to make this team the championship material two years hence, when they will rid themselves of large contracts (such as Rasho Nesterovic's) and will have had the advantage of two drafts—which, hopefully, will produce a couple of players who will fit into the rotation.

Because the Raptors won their division last year, most fans are looking for them to compete for the crown this year, but those expectations do not blend with the long-term vision that Colengelo has brought to this team.

He drafted Bargnani over Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge, knowing that he was less ready for the NBA at the time of the draft. But Colangelo believed that Bargnani's upside was larger, even though it might not be realized for a couple of years.

Colangelo also put the ball in the hands of a young guard (Ford) coming off a year of inactivity due to injury, and was aware that it would be a couple of years before Ford became a championship-type guard.

Adding Garbajosa and Parker, two established international players, brought maturity to this team—but their integration into NBA life was not expected to take effect over night.

The Raptors also hold the rights to Roko Ukic—perhaps their backup point guard of the future—who languishes in Europe, where he has not received the playing time that the Raptors hoped he would get.

The bottom line is that Colangelo's plan was intended to take effect over three years. He won't ruin the core of the team and interfere with that process by making significant trades unless it brings the Raptors closer to that goal.

I don't see a trade on the horizon that would accomplish that

Raptor fans, sit tight—the future is not now.

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MangoKidHoops 01-10-2008 10:20 AM

I believe the poster. I think Dixon and Martin or Rasho will be dealt to Seattle for Ridnour, because watching Dixon the past couple of night try to play the point is HORRIBLE.

Sick, Wicked and Nasty! 01-10-2008 10:23 AM

Solid post... I agree with him. The only trade I can see is one to get another point guard prospect.

Dr. J. Naismith 01-10-2008 10:51 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LyRrAd_Nation (Post 3092)
I believe the poster. I think Dixon and Martin or Rasho will be dealt to Seattle for Ridnour, because watching Dixon the past couple of night try to play the point is HORRIBLE.

He just looks so stiff and you can tell he isn't comfortable in his role as back-up PG. Let's face it, Juan will forever be a SG who just loves to run without the ball only to find the best spot on the floor to chuck up a jumper. Can't fault him for that. :(

LX 01-10-2008 03:51 PM

The rebounding has been embarrassing over the last two games, but besides that, it warrants no need for a trade right now. Delfino has kinda disappeared in that department, along with Bargnani, which might be a little more predictable.

Krazy Ivan 01-10-2008 05:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LyRrAd_Nation (Post 3092)
I believe the poster. I think Dixon and Martin or Rasho will be dealt to Seattle for Ridnour, because watching Dixon the past couple of night try to play the point is HORRIBLE.

He is still better then at least 5 starting PG in the NBA...

Belsius 01-10-2008 06:37 PM

I like dixon but theres no room for him if he cant play the point. I would give him more time though.

Kuzzy 01-10-2008 09:10 PM

I say keep it simple
Dixon
for Dickau.
or
Dixon
for a pick
and bring UKIC HERE NOWWWW.

moremilk 01-11-2008 02:07 PM

100% agree, right now there's too much uncertainty, TJ's situation, Jose, Andreea's ceiling, moon's ceiling etc. The best we can hope this season is a second round exit, the worst is a very low lottery pick (12th-15th). Even next year, we won't be anywhere close to contending ...


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