Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Raptors Off Season - Making the Case for Iverson

Ok I know the free agency period is just about to get going again with the mid to lower level players set to land on teams throughout the NBA.

I know that Brian Colangelo isn't done with this Raptors roster and is trying to be as creative as he can to create the space needed to add depth to this roster. Based on reports its obvious he is trying to do what he can to keep either Anthony Parker or Carlos Delfino (my personal choice would be Delfino).

That said I'm not sure he's going to be able to complete the needed Sign and Trade transaction that's required to pull this off.

So where does that leave the Raptors? Well it leaves them with a gaping hole at the SG position. With only the rookie DeRozan to play that spot it makes you wonder what is going to be available for the Raptors once the Free Agency smoke clears.

Sure it would be great to see them sign guys like Matt Barnes, Von Wafer, Dahntay Jones however I have to figure those will be the first guys swooped up especially considering the Raptors will in all likelihood have only minimum contracts to offer.

So then what?

Well the one thing the Raptors can offer that a lot of teams can't is playing time. Which to somebody looking to prove them self and earn a bigger contract is invaluable.

Which leads me to this. Its clear that Colangelo is going for broke when signing Hedo. Its clear he wants to win now. So if this is the case why wouldn't he take another risk and offer a vet min contract to Allen Iverson to start at Shooting Guard? Iverson would have something to prove and can get the playing time he wants in the starting lineup while they bring DeRozan off the bench.

Don't get me wrong I know this would be a MAJOR MAJOR gamble. It messes with chemistry and does nothing to help them with rebounding or defence.

It does help with the backup PG spot and gives them depth at SG. It's also scoring insurance in case one of their go to guys ie. Bosh, Calderon, Bargnani or Turkglu get injured. Would signing Iverson to a one year deal be the motivation he needs?

Depending on how everything shakes out I'm not sure how else they are going to add the depth they need. And to me this move would make sense if BC has exhausted all other options. It would certainly be better than Quincy Douby or the second coming of Will Soloman.

Let me know your thoughts on this.

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