Five off-season moves for the Raptors which would have helped to address their Treadmill status

The date for this entry should read January 1, 2010.


Looking back on the first phase of the 2009-2010 season, it’s clear that the Raptors failed to address their major problems adequately during the off-season when Bryan Colangelo [GM] could/SHOULD have:

i. Not hired Jay Triano, as their permanent head coach;
ii. Traded Down from #9;
iii. Signed/acquired a veteran Back-up PG, or re-signed A-Parker in that role;
iv. Traded Jason Kapono; and,
v. Traded Andrea Bargnani.

Making a series of coordinated personnel moves like that would have significantly altered the Raptors list of assets this season, as the team struggles to qualify for a spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs, avoid the Draft Lottery for a 2nd consecutive year, and retain its franchise player, Chris Bosh.


Time will tell how accurate this assessment actually is … 7 months in advance … regarding the Raptors plight in the EC.

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10 Responses to “Five off-season moves for the Raptors which would have helped to address their Treadmill status”

  1. Raps Fan Says:

    I agree with all your points. I would resign parker as backup og/pg. He is a good guy to keep around, and should come pretty cheap. What about banks? Should he be moved instead of Kapono; to trade kapono, he will need to packaged with someone of value, bargnani for example, otherwise straight up, we would probably be taking crap back.

  2. Raps Fan Says:

    your are an id**t


    Edit, by khandor:

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    2. Name calling isn’t permitted here.

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    4. Have yourself an enjoyable day. :-)

  3. eyebleaf Says:

    Who the f**k would trade FOR Kapono?

    And why trade Andrea? We are in all likelihood losing Bosh. Bargnani becomes the guy to build around.


    Edit, by khandor:

    1. Profanity isn’t permitted on this blog. :-)

  4. khandor Says:

    Raps Fan,

    re: Marcus Banks

    It goes without saying that MB should be considered a millstone around the neck of the Raptors, who should be unloaded ASAP.


    re: Kapono

    JK need not be packaged with something of greater value … as long as you are not expecting anything of substantial value in return for him.

    JK should be traded for whatever he can return to the team at a comparable price, as long as that piece is a better for this Raptors team moving forward from this point.

    As is, JK … and his contract, at his level of production … is an albatross for the Raptors.

    NOTE: When 2 of your core players are Bosh & Calderon it is a mistake for Bryan Colangelo to think that a “soft” player like Kapono is someone who can fulfil a key role in your team’s rotation. IMO, as a former player in the league, Sam Mitchell knew this very well, which is part of the reason he played JK as little as he did during the 2007-2008 regular season when most Raptors fans held great expectations for him, as a key off-season acquisition. If the “soft” label is going to be removed from this team, JK must go.

  5. khandor Says:


    Whether Bosh stays or goes …

    The goal for the Raptors should be to eventually win the NBA title and Andrea Bargnani is not the sort of player a team should build around, in this regard.

    Big Men who REBOUND and DEFEND like Bargnani do not form the foundation of a championship team in the NBA.

    Choosing Bargnani as the 2006 No. 1 [overall] Pick is a main reason the team has sunk to the point it’s at right now.

    That said … Bargnani is still a highly marketable asset which can be used to TURN AROUND the fortunes of this team BUT ONLY IF BRYAN COLANGELO IS ABLE TO SET ASIDE HIS OWN EGO in the process.

    He made big mistakes with that specific pick and the initial acquisition of TJ Ford and the Raptors would be best served to go in a different direction as opposed to continuing to count on the “hoped for” development of Andrea Bargnani, as a cornerstone player.

  6. Scott G Says:

    I agree with all of your points strongly, except for the draft pick.

    I’m thinking that 9 might be the latest spot where a guy like Tyreke Evans would be available; I think he could fit in nicely as the heir apparent to Parker in terms of being a combo guard to handle the ball and defend bigger PGs effectively. Of course, it’d be nice if he was a lights-out shooter, but then he couldn’t be had at 9.

    What’s your take on the draft, and when are you going to write an in-depth article about it? It seems that you refer to acquiring elite players through the draft fairly often (as indeed you should, since they’re hard to get in a trade when you’ve got so little on your roster), so I’m hoping you have some sage advice in that respect. Of course, this draft might not be the one to get a star, but I still think there’s some talent available.

  7. khandor Says:

    Scott G.,

    I was actually planning to attend the Portsmouth Invitational this year, until some other pressing matters got in the way and forced a change in my schedule.

    Focusing on evaluating “potential” draft picks prior to the actual draft itself isn’t something which I’ve been particularly interested in doing up to now.

    e.g. There are so many mistakes made by different teams that it seems like a pointless exercise. It’s more productive to wait to see which players are actually selected by which teams and then evaluate whether or not those players are a good fit with those respective teams rather than spending a lot of time determining if Player X is a good fit with Team 1 despite the fact that Team 1 might not have any real interest in him whatsoever. There are just so many different possibilities when there isn’t a DOMINANT player on the board, ala Derrick Rose, Greg Oden or Kevin Durant, Brandon Roy or Rudy Gay, Tim Duncan, Shaquille O’Neal, Isiah Thomas, MJ or Bowie or Hakeem, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, etc.

    Given what I’ve seen thus far of this year’s draft eligible players, there doesn’t seem to be a DOMINANT player in the group, despite there being many good ones.

    In fact, I think there’s a whole lot of talent available in this specific draft, which is part of the reason I’d like to see the Raptors trade out of the #9 spot and pick up at least one additional new player.

    [NOTE: In conjunction with this ... the Raptors should have nothing to do with bringing a player like Carlos Delfino back to their team after a wasted season in Europe. Delfino is not someone who Bryan Colangelo should have traded two 2nd Round draft picks for two summers ago or the type of player/individual to help this team solve its many problems now.]

    At this point, I have certain players who I’m keeping tabs on … and will be very interested to see where they go in the draft. The rest, I really don’t care about.


    re: Tyreke Evans

    I would not take this player if I had my druthers.


    If Bosh & Calderon are the two cornerstones of the Raptors franchise … which, I believe they are … then there are a few different players I would be looking to acquire through this draft, depending on what Bryan Colangelo decides to do with:

    1. Shawn Marion; and,
    2. Anthony Parker.


    Teams should always take the best player available when it’s their turn to pick, regardless of position … but, if that player is NOT someone who you’d like to have on your team, trading out of that spot is the better way to go.

    As draft day gets closer, if you ask me then, I will tell you which specific player[s] I would acquire if I’m the Toronto Raptors.

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  9. Raps Fan Says:

    Thanks for keeping my name clean Khan. We will be returning the favour in our house soon enough. Lots of summer cleaning to be done.

    As far as Kapono goes. I understand that we wouldn’t be getting something great back, but i would be surprised if we were able to trade him straight up for something other then equal garbage in terms of productivity and contract.

    I’d be willing to buy out banks to open a roster spot for a cheap young player to man.

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