I think its spot on. Cap space or not, who wants to come here to play when we have to dodge polar bears on the roads and wear parkas in the middle of the summer. That's what happens when you cross that imaginary boarder into Canada right?
For Jose's price tag they might be able to sign two solid PGs. That said, the safe bet might be to spend the money on a guy like Kirk Hinrich to place in a timeshare with Jose and then burn the rest on an up and comer like Batum. Whether the Raptors draft a 2 or 3, Batum can start in the other slot. Hinrich has the defensive ability Jose lacks so if they need D then send in Hinrich to close out the game, if they need shooting and play making they send in Jose. That's one of many ideas. D.J Augustin is another guy who could work in a timeshare with Joe but he will cost more than Hinrich.
Also, JV will have a starting salary of very close to $3M and we can assume the 2012 pick will as well.
Calderon, Bargnani, DD, ED, Amir, JJ, Kleiza, Forbes, JV, 2012 pick = $47M
If they decide to ride it out with Calderon then the only other big contract on the team is Bargnani's and he's safe. They could elect to amnesty a guy like Kleiza, who might free up enough to put the Raptors in play for their guy(s), while also not requiring a huge sell to the board. Kleiza has no doubt played well for them this season though. He doesn't deserve to be dumped this is a business and I'm sure he wouldn't be too broken up about the potential to possibly walk away early from the job while keeping all the money.
gerald wallace, lets sign this guy for next season. averages around 38 mins a game, is a veteran, good defender, and slasher all rolled into one. do you guys think he can play the shooting guard position with derozan coming off the bench?
all that's left is to sign a veteran centre who can play while valanciunas adjusts...........chris kaman, can't think of anyone else realistically coming here.............
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