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  • Joey
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    Ebonhawke wrote: View Post
    Raps are discussed in Woj's podcast today (see Woj's Twitter for link)
    https://art19.com/shows/thewojpod/ep...7-cbbe8feba47a

    "This team is freaking loaded. Masai Ujiri has build the Standard for the modern NBA team." -Brian Windhorst

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  • Ebonhawke
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    Raps are discussed in Woj's podcast today (see Woj's Twitter for link)

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  • golden
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    Jclaw wrote: View Post
    https://www.actionnetwork.com/nba/to...m_campaign=tan

    Great Raps story that I'll put in the Kawhi thread also
    All this rehashing of Raptor fans past disappointments is getting a bit pathetic, tbh. We got a great team this year. Live in the moment and enjoy it.

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  • Jclaw
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    https://www.actionnetwork.com/nba/to...m_campaign=tan

    Great Raps story that I'll put in the Kawhi thread also

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  • KeonClark
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    Joey wrote: View Post
    This isn't really "Raptors", but more "Toronto". Great watch from VICE:
    These kids are still producing like rabbits, and the ones coming are way too young to remember vincanity. They're like the younger brothers and kids of the guys who grew up in vincanity. Crazy

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  • Joey
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    This isn't really "Raptors", but more "Toronto". Great watch from VICE:

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  • ReubenJRD
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    Puffer wrote: View Post
    From the Athletic (subscription required) interview with Shams Charania, who they just hired:

    "Fichtenbaum: What are the three best storylines heading into the 2018-19 season?

    Shams: Here goes…

    2. Kawhi Leonard’s future. Leonard will remain professional in Toronto, and he’s already begun acclimating to the city. His preference of Los Angeles—either the Clippers or Lakers—was apparent once he requested out from San Antonio, but the Raptors clearly will show him reasons to stay. Leonard is arguably the best player in the NBA when healthy, so his future will have a major impact around the league. With the upside of Leonard, plus the ability to potentially move toward a rebuild if Leonard leaves, the Raptors have options for their franchise’s direction"
    Perfect way to put it.

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  • Puffer
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    From the Athletic (subscription required) interview with Shams Charania, who they just hired:

    "Fichtenbaum: What are the three best storylines heading into the 2018-19 season?

    Shams: Here goes…

    2. Kawhi Leonard’s future. Leonard will remain professional in Toronto, and he’s already begun acclimating to the city. His preference of Los Angeles—either the Clippers or Lakers—was apparent once he requested out from San Antonio, but the Raptors clearly will show him reasons to stay. Leonard is arguably the best player in the NBA when healthy, so his future will have a major impact around the league. With the upside of Leonard, plus the ability to potentially move toward a rebuild if Leonard leaves, the Raptors have options for their franchise’s direction"

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  • ReubenJRD
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    DanH wrote: View Post
    Well, this is the scenario I outlined a while ago re: the pitch to Kawhi to stay.

    The team has all its contracts (minus a couple promising prospects) coming off the books summer 2020, when Davis is a FA. So if Kawhi wants a star partner, they have the ability to chase Davis (and, if they strike out, overpay on one year deals and try again the following summer for Giannis). If he doesn't, they can just re-sign their key vets and keep all their young pieces to grow around Kawhi, assuming the team has a lot of success this year with this group.
    This is why this deal was so smart on Masai's behalf: the Raptors have a number of assets currently -- as constructed -- to build a real contender (internal development of young guys), or can fully rebuild if/when Kawhi walks.

    So many options that lead to positive outcomes for the organization -- I mean, the worst case scenario is the rebuild, but they'll have all their draft picks, major cap space, and a ton of young guys if they choose to re-sign the OG's, Wrights, Siakams, etc.

    Then, best case, Leonard stays, keeps the young guys, cap space to sign a major star either in 2020 with Davis, or Giannis in 2021.

    Plus, they're playing in the East, which allows a much easier road within the next five years of getting to the Finals.

    And, as much as the Warriors are pinned as this invincible team, they'll be on the tail end of that dynasty (Durant, Steph much older) by 2020, and if Ujiri manages to pair one of Giannis/A. Davis with Kawhi.. You'll have two top 7 players on your roster.

    ... *salivating*

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  • Puffer
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    DanH wrote: View Post
    Well, this is the scenario I outlined a while ago re: the pitch to Kawhi to stay.

    The team has all its contracts (minus a couple promising prospects) coming off the books summer 2020, when Davis is a FA. So if Kawhi wants a star partner, they have the ability to chase Davis (and, if they strike out, overpay on one year deals and try again the following summer for Giannis). If he doesn't, they can just re-sign their key vets and keep all their young pieces to grow around Kawhi, assuming the team has a lot of success this year with this group.
    I remembered you talking about this scenario Dan. This was just an article I hadn't sen before. Dog days of summer.

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  • DanH
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    ReubenJRD wrote: View Post
    Just thinking about it, though...

    Kawhi and Anthony Davis could end up being the best defensive pairing in the league.
    Well, this is the scenario I outlined a while ago re: the pitch to Kawhi to stay.

    The team has all its contracts (minus a couple promising prospects) coming off the books summer 2020, when Davis is a FA. So if Kawhi wants a star partner, they have the ability to chase Davis (and, if they strike out, overpay on one year deals and try again the following summer for Giannis). If he doesn't, they can just re-sign their key vets and keep all their young pieces to grow around Kawhi, assuming the team has a lot of success this year with this group.

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  • ReubenJRD
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    KeonClark wrote: View Post
    Putting the cart before the horse. We need to retain Kawhi Leonard
    Just thinking about it, though...

    Kawhi and Anthony Davis could end up being the best defensive pairing in the league.

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  • KeonClark
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    Puffer wrote: View Post
    Anthony Davis to the Raptors in 2020?

    https://raptorsrapture.com/2018/08/1...h-the-raptors/

    Guy makes a case.
    Putting the cart before the horse. We need to retain Kawhi Leonard

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  • Puffer
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    Anthony Davis to the Raptors in 2020?

    https://raptorsrapture.com/2018/08/1...h-the-raptors/

    Guy makes a case.

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  • ReubenJRD
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    Chefff wrote: View Post
    More praise of the Raps as potentially the team to beat in the East:

    https://www.theringer.com/nba/2018/8...-kawhi-leonard
    Read this, too. It was a solid write-up.

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