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Posted on March 15, 2012 | 11 Comments
So now the Raptors have traded Leandro Barbosa to the Pacers for a 2nd round pick. Some fans may be disappointed they didn’t get more, but you have to realize that no one is going to give much up for what amounts to a 2 month rental on a player they could have signed in the offseason. Expiring contracts have very little value, anymore, and Barbosa’s expiring contract actually made him worth less than what he would normally fetch.
And for those keeping track….
Charlie Villanueva turned into T.J. Ford, who turned into Jermaine O’Neal, who turned into Shawn Marion, who turned into Hedo Turkoglu, who turned into Leandro Barbosa, who turned into a second round pick and a trade exception.
Okay, maybe that’s an oversimplification, but it’s fun to follow the line, isn’t it. What’s ironic, though, is that I might very well rather have a 2nd round pick and a trade exception than the player who is stapled to the Detroit bench, right now (as well as T.J. Ford, Jermaine O’Neal and Hedo Turkoglu), so there is a bright side.
While I’m watching an injury riddled Nets team, whose top two players on the team are Kris Humphries and…maybe Gerald Green(????), beat the Raptors, I thought it fitting to talk about a few things around the NBA that make very little sense.
RAPTORS NET LOSS
The Nets team that beat the Raptors, showcased 3 castoffs that either were, or very well could have been, Raptors.
When Kris Humphries was a Raptor, he never seemed to fully understand he wasn’t the star he was projected to be when he played at Minnesota, and it prevented him from being anything more than a talented, but frustrating, role player. It took him two more teams and two more years, but he’s currently 6th in the league in rebounding, while scoring 13.6 ppg. The Raptors traded him to Dallas along with Shawn Marion in the convoluted trade that allowed the Raptors to sign Hedo Turkoglu. Who would you rather have, Hedo Turkoglu or Shawn Marion and Kris Humphries?
Sundiata Gaines played 6 fairly decent games for the Raptors, but was cut mostly because he had a non-guaranteed contract. In a lot of ways, he’s very similar to Jerryd Bayless and currently has a higher PER this season.
Gerald Green was a player a lot of Raptor fans had their eye on in the 2005 draft, the one where they ended up taking Charlie Villanueva and Joey Graham. Green led all scores against the Raptors with 26 points and looks like a better dunker than DeMar DeRozan.
Now, I’m not suggesting the Raptors made a mistake by either not keeping or not taking these guys. It’s just the fact that these three guys lead a injury riddled team to beat the Raptors, Wednesday night, makes no sense. But that’s the NBA for you.
NOTHING INCLUDING NET
While the Nets won against the Raptors, they are the perfect example of why cap room can be a white elephant for teams. They strike out two summers ago, getting not LeBron, not Bosh, not Amare, not Boozer, not even Tyrus Thomas, who they tried to overpay, but we’re rebuffed by Charlotte, but Travis Outlaw, who they eventually amnestied.
And after giving away the farm to get Deron Williams, everything is riding on whether Dwight Howard signs with them this summer. If he doesn’t, Deron is gone and the Nets may not even get a draft pick next year (it’s top 7 protected). They could be truly screwed. But, hey, at least they’ll be in the Bronx!
IT’S NOT A MAGIC ACT
Speaking of Dwight Howard, I have no idea where he will be by the time you read this, but does anyone have any idea what the hell is going on in his or the Orlando brass’ head?
After the Magic went to the Finals, three years ago, they took on the massive contracts of over the hill veterans, Vince Carter, Gilbert Arenas, Jason Richardson (he was 30 and on the decline by the time the Magic traded for him) and then Hedo Turkoglu, whose contract was so onerous the Magic had refused to re-sign him, initially. They’ve probably had more players on their roster that would be amnesty candidates than any other team. And they wonder why Howard is thinking of leaving?
And what is it with Howard apparently being confused with what picking up his option meant? The Magic were pressuring him to do it and he didn’t realize it would mean he wouldn’t become a free agent this summer? Well, he never went to college…but then Allen Iverson did, so….
NOT BUCKING THE TREND
It’s not that I don’t understand why the Bucks would want to trade the perennially injured Andrew Bogut and the cancer-to-go, Stephen Jackson, but trading for no-defense-playing-no-shot-he-won’t-take, Monta Ellis, makes little sense. For a team that is the perfect example of a mediocrity treadmill team, this is not going to get them anywhere other than where they’ve been the last few years.
HE’S NOT THAT TYPE OF WIZARD
JaVale McGee, who is my goto example of why blocked shots don’t necessarily equal good defense, is apparently asking the Wizards for $14 million a season. I don’t know whether I’d want to pay him half that.
THE ROTTEN APPLE
When the Knicks hired Mike D’Antoni as their first step to turn the franchise around, I was dubious. It’s not that D’Antoni wasn’t a good coach (he had great success in Phoenix), but he’s not exactly the coach you hire if you are serious about winning a Championship. Then, after signing the no-defense-playing and ball hog, Amare Stoudamire, they went out and traded for no-defense-playing and ball hog, Carmelo Anthony. And they wondered why the team didn’t take off?
Now that Linsanity has moved on, and the Knicks are spiralling down the standings, D’Antoni is fired/resigns. I almost feel sorry for Knicks fans. Almost.
THIS ISN’T YOUR OLDER BROTHER’S LAKERS
First the Lakers let one of the best trainers in sports, Alex McKechnie (who the Raptors scooped up), in order save on money during the lockout, then they trade Lamar Odom for a trade exception that they might not even use. But do you think Jerry West would have ever taken on Pat Riley’s castoff, Michael Beasley?
Am I the only one puzzled by the Raptor’s lack of movement on the trade front? I have stated several times that I like what Colangelo has been doing recently, but I can’t help but get the feeling that he’s afraid to go all in on this rebuilding thing. Leandro Barbosa is of absolutely no use to the team, except to give them a few more wins. He’s 30 years old and shouldn’t fit in the Raptors long term plans, but despite apparent trade offers, the Raptors look like they’re holding. Apparently Bryan Colangelo won’t take back a longer contract, which makes things difficult. He’s intent on having his cap room this summer. Maybe he should take a look at how well New Jersey has done with their cap room.
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