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  • Hotshot
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    golden wrote: View Post
    For top FAs, the trend seems to be something like this.....

    1) Re-sign with your existing team
    2) Go home, or close to it
    3) Join a recent champ

    Assuming Durant didn't resign with OKC or join the Wiz, then you could actually see a potential fit with the Miami Heat, with Riley working his recruiting magic on KD.
    Agreed, Miami doesn't come close to Toronto in market size yet they have a had a proven winner in the past and recently, great weather +beach and located in the U.S. Plus they have one passionate owner and a cutthroat president in a big respected name like Pat Riley.

    Those are things Toronto don't have, they do have a well respected president but he is on the way out for ambiguous reasons with no successful replacement on the horizon and a Sport/real state company composed of 4 different ownership groups each looking out for their own. I am sure when Durant comes to the interview in Toronto he will ask: "I will personally like to speak to the team's owner" and Masai will be like: "Actually we don't have one owner we have 4 owners and they are all companies, I will let you speak with Roger or Bell communication representatives I hope they won't put you on hold... get it... cause they are phone companies huhuhuhuh (awkward laugh by Masai with Durant grim wtf face).
    Last edited by Hotshot; Wed Aug 26, 2015, 03:04 PM.

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  • golden
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    Hotshot wrote: View Post
    Reputation precedes market value and a short winning history while living in a bad weather for 6 months in another country + culture is a drawback which isnt enough to sway Durant at this time from OKC or Washington in terms of a better destination for him.
    For top FAs, the trend seems to be something like this.....

    1) Re-sign with your existing team
    2) Go home, or close to it
    3) Join a recent champ

    Assuming Durant didn't resign with OKC or join the Wiz, then you could actually see a potential fit with the Miami Heat, with Riley working his recruiting magic on KD.

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  • CA$H MONEY
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    what chu talkin bout willis

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  • Hotshot
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    TrueTorontoFan wrote: View Post
    toronto is the 4th largest market in america.... and celebrities love it here and we have drake!. willis what chu talkin bout.... Seriously though. I think we have a DECENT shot at getting Durant considering he hangs out here over the summer. He loves drake... and last but not least the man really wanted to be a raptor back in the day.
    Reputation precedes market value and a short winning history while living in a bad weather for 6 months in another country + culture is a drawback which isnt enough to sway Durant at this time from OKC or Washington in terms of a better destination for him.

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  • Hotshot
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    KeonClark wrote: View Post
    Shaq went to a glamour destination. Toronto is not a glamour destination. More likely that the lakers will mirror the lakers.
    Well today Toronto is a more attractive destination due to L.A being terrible and no stars wanna play with Kobe. Once Kobe will retire things may quickly shift there and L.A will again be a top spot for free agents.

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  • TrueTorontoFan
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    JWash wrote: View Post
    But is it becoming one?
    toronto is the 4th largest market in america.... and celebrities love it here and we have drake!. willis what chu talkin bout.... Seriously though. I think we have a DECENT shot at getting Durant considering he hangs out here over the summer. He loves drake... and last but not least the man really wanted to be a raptor back in the day.

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  • JWash
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    KeonClark wrote: View Post
    Shaq went to a glamour destination. Toronto is not a glamour destination. More likely that the lakers will mirror the lakers.
    But is it becoming one?

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  • KeonClark
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    Shaq went to a glamour destination. Toronto is not a glamour destination. More likely that the lakers will mirror the lakers.

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  • jerome
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    Will Jamal Murray force a trade to Toronto from whatever team that drafted him? Stay tuned...

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  • JWash
    started a topic 20 Years Later, the Raptors could Mirror the Lakers

    20 Years Later, the Raptors could Mirror the Lakers

    In 1996, after 53-29 season, the Lakers who already had a pretty nice, but not good enough core of Nick Van Exel, Eddie Jones and Cedric Ceballos, proceeded to dominate the offseason. First they drafted future superstar, Kobe Bryant with the Hornets pick, and followed that up by signing the biggest (literally and figuratively) free agent on the market in Shaquille O'Neal.

    Does a similar fate await the Raptors? With the NYK/DEN pick projected in the mid-high lottery, and armed with the tools and cap space to sign Kevin Durant, it could be possible.

    Interesting also is that prior to joining the Lakers, Shaq was a part of a strong Orlando team that had been to the ECF and Finals the two previous years. While Durant is longer moved from WCF and NBA finals appearances, there are definitely some similarities there as well. Both guys played with scoring PGs who were "stealing the spotlight" (albeit in very different ways).

    Just thought this would be a fun thing to talk about, something positive for once on here lol... even if it doesn't have a super-high chance of happening.
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