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Rudy was so bad this year that the team will probably improve just by removing him from the lineup. But outside of Vasquez I don't think we are getting much back from Sacramento outside of cap flexibility. Hayes is on his last legs as a pro, and Salmons/PP were both mediocre reserves on a lousy team. For all the talk about Rudy's poor shooting, Salmons/Patterson are shooting 35% and 41% from the field respectively.
The tank is on gentlemen. I'd expect Lowry and at least one of Amir/DD to be gone by Christmas Day. Novak or Hansbrough are also in play.
How many game did toronto lose by 5pts or less?
cuz thats what I think Rudy's efficiency issue cost toronto.
toronto has a some decent players, with Gay gone, if they are given meaningful roles they will likely play well, well enough to keep this team out of the top 5 picks.
I really can't see how anyone could say the Raptors are a better team now. We got junk in exchange for junk (let's all stop drooling over Vasquez please).
The Raptors will continue to lose a lot more games than they win. If that's not tanking, I'm not sure what is.
thank you axel.
its about extrapolating and trusting the numbers.
A happier and more balanced team who is a few percentage points better will score more points. Over 50 games, that could lead to 5-6 wins more, and losing out on wiggans, parker etc.
I dont care who toronto got back at all, honestly, its about who is still there, and who is gone.
We could get no players back from SAC and be a better team as showed vs Lakers last night. Yes i know small sample size be we saw a better defensive effort. Lots of ball movement. Effective pick and rolls, open 3's (yes novak missed a lot but still.) And if only Landry could hit shots he would be a great player.
Thing is i don't want to get better… Best way to suck is after this tough stretch coming up say bye bye lowry… His value is rising and without Gay will continue to rise. Jv and Demar only guys who i don't want touched. Ross id prefer not but if he's gotta go he's gotta go. Amir i love but… i think he may be able to return us a late first rounder which would be awesome.
And not to get off topic but the people talking about wiggins… he is a SF who from what I've seen would be a great fit with Demar. Wiggins from what I've seen is not about getting his on offence. He is a play within the system and can score in basically any way. I could see them being one of the best wing combos in 3-4 years( of course assuming we get Wiggins.) Also I've heard lots of good things about Wiggins defence….
On defence, no change with Gay on or off the court this year (107:106 Team DRtg), and Fields will likely do a better job. Hayes will battle and fight and could help develop JV. A front court pairing of Hayes and Hansbrough is all out hustle and should get us a couple extra possessions per game.
Overall, net improvement.
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If you go into next year with a third year Val, and a couple of rookies as your core, well, by the time they are ready to do anything (2-3 years) DD's contract is expiring. So, if he's not part of your new core, you can argue it's best to move him and get what you can for him now when he's a guy entering his prime with 3 years of team control left, rather than wait 2 years.
I'm not sure you can make any other "fit" arguments cause no one know what this team will look like July 31, 2014. Only Ujiri knows that and even he can only have a rough idea at this point.
The Gay and Bragnani trade is more evidence that Masai is following his Denver Nuggets "rebuild on the fly" strategy when he traded Carmelo. The team is not that much worse off without Gay but they have improved their cap situation for next years free agency. I see this as more of perpetuating the treadmill of medicority.
It's hard to tell from the trade whether they're tanking or not. The only thing that suggests that a 'tank' is on is Ujiri comment which was "I don't want to be stuck in no man's land'. Problem is when you think about it, the trade could also mean a 'no tank'. The next few days should give us a clearer idea.
What's encouraging is that whether it's a tank or no tank, the trade has put the Raps. in a better position because it puts them in a good financial position.
Attitude Is A Choice.
Trade #1 may have improved the Raptors, addition by subtraction and all that. We'll see. But whatever Trade #1 did, we'll know more after Trade #2 (stay tuned to a sports media outlet near you).
Tank is on.
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I think everyone is overestimating the impact the Sacramento guys will have.
Hayes is hanging on by a thread in the league. He's been declining for three plus years and counting. I think he can be valuable as a high character vet, especially if there's a bunch of losing on the horizon, but he's not going to help them win any more games. Salmons will be a 34 year old swing man next week, is shooting 35% for the season, and is posting the lowest PER (8.5) of his entire career. His best days are WAY behind him and he should be behind DD/Fields/Ross/Novak on the team's perimeter depth chart. Patterson is a lot younger but is having as equally as bad of a season and is also posting a career low for PER. He probably won't see a ton of time until Amir/Psycho T get moved anyway, and once that happens, he becomes a clear downgrade. Vasquez is a high end back up who won't get the bulk of minutes until Lowry gets moved as well.
We just got one decent player, and three below average ones from a 5-13 team and people are worried that we've accidentally made our team too good. Relax.
And this is only Ujiri's first move! The tank is alive.
Last edited by Fully; Mon Dec 9th, 2013 at 01:03 PM.
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