Yes, Kapono had to go for the Raptors to improve, but …

… given the specifics of this trade

and,

* Knowing who the Raptors’ FOUNDATION player is [Jun 04, 2009]

* Five off-season moves for the Raptors which would have helped to address their Treadmill status [May 29, 2009]

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1. Now is not the time to rejoice, in Raptorville; as,

2. Reggie Evans might not prove to be the “best fit” for their team; and, 

3. According to Bryan Colangelo [GM], We’re not done yet.”

The 76ers are one of three teams in the Atlantic Division that finished with a better Won-Lost Record than the Raptors [33-49/.402] this past season:

1. Boston Celtics, 62-20/.756
2. Philadelphia 76ers, 41-41/.500
3. New Jersey Nets, 34-48/.415

and, for all intents and purposes, give up nothing of value in this deal … given the list of Bigs which they have on their current roster; while adding a spot-up 3PT-shooter who they can use in limited minutes to stretch the defense and augment their more athletic slashing players.

PHILADELPHIA 76ERS

CURRENT PLAYER ROSTER OPTIONS

Guards

Wings

Bigs

Miller

Williams

Ivey

Iguodala

Green

Rush
Kapono

Young

Brand

Smith

Marshall

Dalembert

Ratliff

Speights

On the other hand, the Raptors now have a glut of players at their Big spots … including Bosh & Bargnani, their two most talented players … and remain relatively “unathletic” at the Wing position without a dynamic scorer who can consistently create his own shot:

TORONTO RAPTORS

CURRENT PLAYER ROSTER OPTIONS

Guards

Wings

Bigs

Calderon

Ukic

Banks

Parker
Marion

Delfino [?]

Graham

Douby

Bosh
Evans
Humphries
Mensah-Bonsu

Jawai

Bargnani
Voskuhl

O’Bryant

Nesterovic [?]

Depending on the OTHER moves which the Raptors decide to make this off-season, including who they select in the upcoming NBA Draft, time will tell if this trade is the first phase of an actual resurgence for their team, relative to the other squads in the Atlantic Division [and the Eastern Conference, in general], or not.

At this point, however, at least it’s a start down a better path.

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7 Responses to “Yes, Kapono had to go for the Raptors to improve, but …”

  1. Scott G Says:

    I think your last line summed up my sentiments. While this certainly isn’t the move that will get us back to Atlantic division prominence, it most certainly doesn’t hurt the team over the long term. Plus, Evans brings an attitude our team sorely lacks!

    At this point, assuming we re-sign Pops, there are now a significant number of fairly expendable big men on the roster. With a little cunning, BC should be able to use Hump, O’Bryant or Jawai to acquire another pick (most likely 2nd rounder).

    To me, the bottom line in this trade is that we got rid of a guy who was killing our team, and acquired a guy who will probably help our team. I think Evans or Pops could be a decent low mpg starter beside Bosh, no?

  2. khandor Says:

    Scott G.,

    That’s basically how I see the situation, as well.

    [i.e. any trade involving Kapono should be viewed as beneficial]

    If the Raptors can now trade Bargnani, also … I would like this Evans deal even more.

    As is, however … I think judgment should be reserved until we see what the rest of the roster looks like, in comparison with the other teams in the EC:

    [for example]

    * What happens with the likes of Parker, Graham, Delfino, Marion, Bosh, Bargnani, Banks, Douby, Mensah-Bonsu, Jawai, Humphries, O’Bryant, Voskuhl & Nesterovic

    * What happens in the NBA Draft

    and,

    * What happens with any other trades that happen this off-season.

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    The one major thing which I don’t like about the acquisition is that there are already too many mediocre PFs on the Raptors’ roster, to which they just added another one.

    [i.e. Charles Oakley could, at least, shoot the ball; Mr. Evans cannot. JYD was/is 6-10, not 6-8.]

    e.g. If they would have traded for a serviceable player like Jeff Foster, at least, they’d be adding a viable Center … which would then eliminate the need to sign someone with the skill set of Rasho Nesterovic. IMO, Pops & Humphries, at their respective ages & salary levels, are quite capable of giving the Raptors a similar level of production at PF, as Reggie Evans, for even less money.

  3. Linkage for Jun 9 2pm to Jun 10 4pm - Raptors Republic Says:

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  4. Scott G Says:

    Agreed — since, after Bargs is traded for a talented young wing (as we both hope), we’ll have nobody to back-up CB4 at the 5. No, Voskhul doesn’t count.

    I think Pops and Evans are quite similar; Hump is a little different in that he COULD provide the same things those guys do (and even a little more since he’s far more skilled than either), but he chooses not to since he seems to think he’s a star in a bad situation.

    But, I think Hump, at his level of pay, may have the most trade value of our bad PFs, so I don’t think it’s out of the question that he could be leveraged into a serviceable backup C. Hump and O’Bryant/Banks for Nazr Mohammed? Jerome James? Rasho (sign n trade)? Marcus Camby (ok that’s a dream…)? Darko? Mihm? etc. There’s plenty of back-up centers out there…

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  6. spirow Says:

    Hey Kandhoor can you please check up on this story. . . I herd demar derozan didn’t wanna come to toronto. . . And now that he is comming to toronto, i herd it’s hard to get him to dress up and run drills. . . Whats the deal with that, his actions seem to tell me that he dosn’t wanna play for the raptors, or may be his agent is pulling the strings. . . And his agent was also quoted saying that he dosn’t expect derozan to drop that low. . . I know it’s his job to do that but it’s also his job to make sure derozan lands as a lottery pick just in case . . . Whats the story on that? I remember reading an article when someone asked derozan if he’s the next vince carter, he got mad and said he’s nothing like vince, he’s better. . . Could the lack of respect be because he played for the raptors. . . Seems like whoever gets drafted on the raptors becomes the butt of a lot of jokes of their draft class like bosh is right now. . . We’re like the cayotees or islanders of basketball. . . Can you please look further into this story and let us know what the deal is. . .

  7. khandor Says:

    spirow,

    Personally, I would disregard this piece of news, re: DeRozan.

    If he’s available at #9 and the Raptors take him, I haven’t heard anything yet about him having no interest in playing for the Raptors.

    According to the reports I’ve seen, he has already participated in a “group workout” with a Raptors’ representative in attendance so it makes sense that he might not want to go through that process again.

    From my perspective, it’s quite immaterial, as taking DeRozan with the No. 9 Pick is not what I believe the Raptors should do in this year’s draft.