All trade, all the time
Yeah, so much for a nice afternoon of bad TV and a lovely evening of socializing. Thanks, Bryan. We knew the deal was going to happen, why not wait until Monday to give a grunt a break? But I digress.
And I also have to call an audible around these parts, too.
We’ll do all trade, all the time today and get back in NBA all-star mode in the morning if that’s okay? If it’s not, well, tough bananas.
Here we go:
Great trade? No.
Good trade? Absolutely.
Better Raptor team today? I’d take a frontcourt of Bosh-Bargnani-Marion over O’Neal-Bosh-Bargnani any day because everyone now plays their best and normal position.
No one can look me in the eye and say Bargnani isn’t a more effective centre than he is a small forward; no one can look me in the eye and say Marion isn’t a significant upgrade at the three spot.
The bench? Well, there seems to be a growing level of contentment with Joey and Jason of late so that’s good. The backup point guard spot is still an issue but it has been all year.
Up front? They’re thin, no question. But Marion can play a little four, so can Joey and, who knows, Hump’s maybe a month from getting back and maybe he can ease the load a little bit. Perfect? No. But what team is?
The draft pick
Seriously, a pick in the mid- to late-teens, or maybe even the low 20s if they have a really good year and not before 2010?
Come on. That’s no big deal at all.
Not only could the $3 million the Raptors got be used to buy a pick in whatever year they need to (and don’t under-estimate the failing economy’s impact on teams wanting money) but Colangelo also has about 14 months to try to acquire one in some trade.
Besides, if they don’t make the playoffs in any single year between now and 2014, Bryan will have been fired so what’s he care for?
On the court
Minutes after the deal was done, I traded e-mails with Jay and ended my last one by saying I had to go do some work.
“So do I.”
Indeed he does. He’s got to find some way to maximize Marion’s talents and there aren’t a lot of plays in the book for the three-man in Toronto’s offence since they never, ever ran anything for Moon.
How Jay handles this acquisition is going to be interesting, he’ll have practices Monday and Tuesday to get Marion fully up to speed with what the Raptors already do and to find some schemes that take advantage of his skills.
Biggest challenge of his young coaching career, you could say.
Look, I thought the guy was really good most nights when he played. Which was, what, about three quarters of the time?
But there’s this:
They’re 21-34 and 14th in a 15-team conference. It’s not like he was Bill Russell or even Cazzie Russell.
Yes, he was tough; yes, he drew charges; yes, he played defence. No, he did not elevate the team to even mediocrity.
Good kid, funny guy, a nice fellow to chat with in the locker room.
But, really, as it turned out he was a far better story than he was a player and there was no way in the world I could imagine him coming back next year.
Wish him luck.
A wee break here to read what Ira wrote.
Yes, the fact Bryan thinks there might only be $10 million available – again given the vagaries of the economy and its impact on the Basketball Related Income that establishes the cap and tax – is a bit of a blow.
It may limit what they can do in trades, as in how much salary they can take on, but if the cap and tax are down for the Raptors, they’re down for everyone and they’ll still be relatively major players in the market.
The Bosh factor
He’s going to be fine with this trade, trust me. I’m not sure how great Bosh and O’Neal got along on the court – they always needed pretty much the same space – and they weren’t forever hanging out on the road or anything.
Why are some concerned about Banks “cutting into Roko’s minutes?” Roko doesn’t get minutes when Jose plays anyway. Take away the games that Calderon’s been in and Roko’s averaging about six or seven. I’m pretty sure he’ll still get them.
The Heat will now use the money to pay Bosh in 2010
Miami was going to have cap space to make a run at 2010 free agents regardless of this trade. They would have had enough to make a maximum value offer and they still do.
Yes, it’s not a great one and having to pay him in 2010-11 will make most – including me – hold their noses.
No, he probably won’t have any impact whatsoever on the court and was in the deal only because the Heat wanted out from under his money.
But, the first time he has 16 and 4, they’ll be nominating him for the Hall of Fame and touching off a Jose-Roko-Marcus debate.
Probably nothing. It goes to what I’ve been writing for days and saying for months, there isn’t a whole lot more the GM can do. I don’t think he should move Parker or Graham because of the combination of their play and their contracts; no way Jose, Bosh or Bargnani go anywhere and there’s no one clamouring for Kapono, I don’t think.
The suspicion here is that the dealing is done and Thursday will be an entirely uneventful day in Raptorland.
Maybe that’s when I’ll get some bad TV and socializing.