Some numbers and some early reaction to the Raptor deal
So much for a day off, eh.
First, the details:
30 years old, 6-7, 228
Season averages: 12.0 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 36.1 mpg, in 42 games, 41 stars
Salary: $17,810,000 this year, expires
27 years old, 6-2, 205
Season averages: 2.6 ppg, 1.4 apg,, 10.4 mpg in 16 games, zero starts
Salary: $4.26 million this season, $4.553 million in 2009-10, $4.87 million in 2010-11.
30 years old, 6-11, 260
Season averages: 13.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 29.7 mpg in 41 games, 34 starts
Salary: $21.372 million this season, $23.016 million in 2009-10.
28 years old, 6-8, 205
Season averages: 7.3 ppg, 4.6 rebounds per game in 54 games, 39 starts
Salary: $711,517 this season, expires
Conditional draft pick: tMy man Ira at the Sun-Sentinel reports it's a 2010 pick lottery protected through 2014. If Toronto doesn't make the 2010 playoffs and keeps the pick, they will give up a second rounder that year to the Heat. If the Raptors don't make the playoffs between 2010 and 2014, they wouldd give up their 2015 first-round choice to Miami.
Now, the reaction:
Why Miami made the deal
They get bigger and stronger inside, can move rookie Michael Beasley to small forward, still have cap room in the vaunted summer of 2010.
Why Toronto made the deal
Will have significant cap room for trades or signings this summer, can move Andrea Bargnani back to centre from small forward.
And, finally, my first reaction
Any time you get a quicker chance to add players, the better, in my opinion and now Toronto can be a player – in trades as much as anything – this summer.
Yes, they lose toughness but I think overall, a starting lineup of Calderon, Parker, Marion, Bosh and Bargnani is better than Calderon, Parker, Bargnani, Bosh and O’Neal. The Raptors bench of Kapono, Graham and Ukic is okay at the two-three and maybe the one spot but they will be thinner up front. Marion can play some four, though; there are those who thinks that’s his best position.
The money? Well, the Banks contract’s not great but Toronto may still have enough, depending on what it does in the coming summer, to get in on the tail end of the 2010 free agent sweepstakes. I’ll take a look at the financials more closely for the morning, though. The mind’s racing right at the moment.
The Heat? Pat Riley knew they were not nearly big enough to challenge the top three teams in the East, he loves big guys and Marion was not going to re-sign in the summer.
Overall, I’d say Toronto came out okay. Not great, certainly not slam dunk, but not a bad deal all in all.