Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Raptors - Can they find a trade partner?

Reading NBA rumors online can be really strange some days. You can never be sure who to believe and you really have to take everything that's out there with a grain of salt and know who the source is.

A perfect example of this is the latest rumblings that Colangelo is in a panic to make a deal. I read that and considering the source I'm not sure how much I believe it.

I do however believe that Colangelo is actively searching for deal that is right for this team. So its not a matter of if he makes a trade its when.

He doesn't have many chips to deal however and I'm sure this is making things harder for him.

What Colangelo really has to do is evaluate whether he believes that this season is worth salvaging to try and get to 7th or 8th place to face Boston or Cleveland.
I say make a deal that will get this team on the right track to a 5th or 6th place finish and see what happens.

Those that are calling for Chris Bosh to be traded are crazy. Why trade the best guy on the team now? For what?

Sure you can get value back but what is value really? Draft picks? Young talent? Those things are nice but that puts this team back into a rebuilding phase and likely out of the playoffs for the next few years. It also confirms once again that Toronto can't hold on to superstar players (ie. Vince carter, Tracy McGrady ect).

I say its time to trade Bargnani. I think that Colangelo can get the piece this team needs to get them rolling again. Bargnani has shown flashes of what he's capable of and as we all know he's disappeared for long stretches however I think that has a lot more to do with the situation this team has put him in than anything.
One night he's playing the 5 the next he's a 3 or a 4. One game he's starting the next he's coming off the bench. He needs a situation where he knows his roll and can work within that roll and he is not going to get that here.

Then I read this morning that Stephen Jackson wouldn't mind a trade out of Golden State.
The warriors are a team that is going to do some rebuilding and I think they might take a shot on a guy with the potential of Bargnani. Jackson is also the perfect type of wing guy the Raptors need. He can be a go to scorer from the perimeter and he can post up on the block. He brings swagger and toughness to the position as well. He is also signed long term to a reasonable contract 7 million a year for the next 5 yrs.

If the Raptors can put a lineup of Calderon, Jackson, Bosh, O'neil and Kapono on the floor I think they could do some damage.

Therefore the deal I propose is this:

Anthony Parker (expiring contract)& Andrea Bargnani and 2nd round pick to Golden State
Stephen Jackson and Marcus Williams.

They get Jackson for the wing and williams to backup Jose.
Golden state gets a draft pick, some cap relief and a really young promising big man.

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