I was just paraphrasing the news reports. Salary cap considerations may have entered into the equation, although they are paying Copland an estimated $3,000,000. Here is the paragraph from ESPN:
In the wake of David West's new three-year, $36 million contract that was verbally agreed to Tuesday, Hansbrough and his representatives successfully convinced the Pacers to allow him to shed his restricted free-agent status and immediately become an unrestricted free agent.>
My personal opinion is that he's setting the team up to tank. If it was his goal to have the most competitive roster possible next year, I think he would have either signed or traded for someone better than Augustin.
That said, I agree with almost everyone else in this forum: I think we're better now than we were at the end of last season. Marginally better. But better.
The team is pretty much the same(as strong) as last year. Apparent holes have been filled but as always, new holes will appear.
Augustin's emergence as a solid starting PG will make way for a Lowry trade. Just a prediction.
Attitude Is A Choice.
It's the staying the same part that's a bit frustrating for me. Either get better or get worse, but don't stay the same if the same isn't resulting in wins. Perhaps he wants to be really careful about the moves he makes, or perhaps he just wants to invest in good short term contracts or perhaps he just wants to clean up the mess that was left for him by BC. It's just a long way from the talk about how MLSE was willing to be big spenders and all the hype that came with that frame of mind and the signing of TL and MU. Seemed like it was full speed ahead and then we just came to a dead stop.
- the primary one being what he has stated, which is that he wants to see what the core guys are like this year, both physically and mentally, and their fit within the systems implemented by the coaches.
- in line with his stated "not making any big/rash moves until he has a better feel for what's there now", and he knows this isn't a contender as it stands, keep within budget of not paying luxury tax. These guys are on 1 year, cheap deals that accomplish that.
- young guys (DJ is still only 25) with some potential, not to be all-stars, but solid bench guys
He's not going to go wild and spend much more for better, when his plan is to wait and see what he wants as his building blocks for much bigger goals.
Last edited by p00ka; Fri Aug 30th, 2013 at 09:20 AM.
Overall I think the raps are better than they were at the end of last year, compared to themselves. Compared to the rest of the conference they are the same, or slightly better or slightly worse.
"They're going to have to rename the whole conference after us: Toronto Raptors 2014-2015 Northern Conference Champions" ~ ezzbee Dec. 2014
"I guess I got a little carried away there" ~ ezzbee Apr. 2015
"We only have one rule on this team. What is that rule? E.L.E. That's right's, E.L.E, and what does E.L.E. stand for? EVERYBODY LOVE EVERYBODY. Right there up on the wall, because this isn't just a basketball team, this is a lifestyle. ~ Jackie Moon
Are they better than the end of last season? I would venture to say yes. I think people are underestimating the synergistic effect that these moves will have on the play of the team. Sure Hansborough, Novak, and Augustin are not individually great players. But they each add something important to the squad that will open up opportunities for everyone else.
For example, last year Amir was the only player of the team that would be considered a hustle player who can also make an impact on the game (Acy made little impact). When he came off the floor, there was a noticeable drop in movement and aggression under the basket. Now, Hansborough can come in when Amir sits and provide that same energy. So Amir won't have to do it all on his own. This is a big deal because (a) Amir won't wear out, (b) second unit doesn't see a big drop off in this facet, and (c)Amir won't wear out (can't emphasize the importance of this enough)
Novak will provide what Bargs was supposed to provide last year, which is a stretch "big" who is an actual threat. This will hopefully extend the defence and provide real lanes for Rudy, DD, and Lowry to get to the basket.
Of course, we have all been saying this since the transactions took place, but what people are not appreciating is that these players do more for the team than what their individual talent brings. In a vacuum, these players are not better than most other players at their position, but when coupled with the squad that was already in place, they are highly impactful.
I think that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts with this squad. I also think that basketball can be played with the same beauty as soccer. I would much rather see a true team come together and play with seemingly one brain (Spurs anyone?), than a collection of individual talent taking turns going one on all. This seems to be the MO of Masai, and I am seeing the shape of this team coming together in that mold.
@pooka - I agree. Ujiri wasn't planning to tank with the role players he signed - it seems pretty clear that his main intention was to maintain as much flexibility as possible so that he can decide what he wants to do when he sees how this season plays out. So he got players on extremely short contracts for low dollar figures. That he managed to that AND get young guys with NBA experience is pretty incredible. BC would have locked these guys up for 4 years at $4 mil/per.
Would LOVE to hear an interview with Colangelo on his thoughts on Ujiri's offseason....
we have augustine to the pass ball. hansborough to grab rebounds. novak to drop threes. fields to be the 4th man and does a little bit of everything. what the hell else do you expect a bench to do.
JL3 wasn't really the back up last year either. He was a third stringer getting spot duty until they moved Calderon, and even then it's not like he just stepped into Jose's role. They upped Lowry's minutes and Lucas time-shared with Telfair a lot down the stretch. So yes, it's true that the point guard spot has marginally improved since the end of last season, but it's actually down quite a bit from a year ago.
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