This is the basics of the deal:
To Toronto: Rudy Gay, Hamed Haddadi
To Memphis: Ed Davis, Tayshaun Prince, Austin Daye, 2nd Round Pick
To Detroit: Jose Calderon
Oh boy. This is the type of short sighted move that I was afraid a desperate GM would make happen.
Well, where do I begin with this one?
I’ll start off with the reasons that this was a good trade for the Raptors.
Just kidding. You didn’t think I was serious, did you? There aren’t any good reasons for the Raptors to do this trade.
Now, in all seriousness, let’s make this easy and simply take a look at reasons why I think this was a bad trade.
Here you have three players on the starting lineup which could be the most overpaid, over rated, and under achieving three players on a starting lineup since, well, ever.
On paper, this lineup does not look good offensively at all. I can only hope that I am wrong, but I do not see these three players (who NEED the ball in their hands to be effective) working well together on offense. You have three players who don’t pass, and don’t move well without the ball. Recipe for disaster.
Oh yeah, I haven’t even got to how bad those three will likely be defensively. So, good luck with this one Casey, I think you’ll need it with this non-defensive group.
2. The team’s ceiling.
Even with Gay, DeRozan, Valanciunas, Ross, Lowry, etc locked up long term, I cannot stress enough about the ceiling of this team.
If you think trading for Rudy Gay gives the Raptors any chance of beating a team like Miami, Oklahoma City, etc, well then you will be disappointed. I wouldn’t bet on this team ever making it past the second round of the playoffs.
So, basically, the Raptors are paying a whole lot of money for a second round playoff team at best. If the only goal of the organization is to make the playoffs as a bottom seed and turn a profit, then the team needs better owners, plain and simple.
3. Ed Davis.
Let me tell you, I think he will blossom as a full time starting forward somewhere. Bryan Colangelo never gave Davis the same chance he gave Bargnani or DeRozan, which is a shame, because he is a much better player.
Now, the team traded what was one of its better prospects for short-term gain that will likely not even pay off. The team had a solid young core of players to build around in Ross, Fields, Davis and Valanciunas. All they needed to do was tank in 2014 and maybe in 2015 and then they may have had something legitimate to build around. Now, not so much.
4. No playoffs, possibly until next season.
But, I’m not necessarily worried about this one as much. There’s a good chance that OKC gets our pick this season, which means the team technically could still tank in 2014 if Colangelo is let go.
Plus, look at the Celtics and Sixers, who are still ahead of the Raptors.
Even without Rondo, the Celtics are still a playoff team. They’re currently sitting at 22-23, and sit a comfortable 6.5 games ahead of the Raptors.
The Sixers currently have a record of 19-26 and are 3.5 games ahead of the Raptors. Which means the Raptors can definitely move ahead of them. But, with Andrew Bynum expected to make a return to the team near the all-star break, it’ll be easier said than done. I think Bynum will make the Sixers a tough team to move ahead of.
That said, the playoffs are possible, but the Raptors need to have a very good second half of the season just to make it as an 8th seed.
5. Tank for 2014 likely not happening.
This was a big reason why I hated this trade in the first place. I was hoping that the team could get the owed pick to Oklahoma City out of the way, and then go into tank mode for the 2014 draft. Then they have a chance to draft a franchise player, something that the team so desperately needs if it ever wants to do something in the playoffs.
On the contrary, this trade basically solidifies the same mediocre, inefficient core moving forward, and the presence of Bryan Colangelo making more bad basketball decisions for the team in the future. If he survives the cut this offseason, it’ll be interesting to see how he gets himself out of this mess that he created further down the road.
6. More Colangelo.
Ugh. I, like many Raptors fans have had enough of him and his inability to evaluate talent and give out contracts. When is MLSE going to have enough of someone spending their money so recklessly without any return?
The same GM who thought bringing in a 38 year old Nash to a rebuilding team was a good idea, and the same GM who still believes Andrea Bargnani can be a number one guy. Ya, that guy.
Plus, with Colangelo locked up, you know what that likely means?
7. More Bargnani.
I thought we were finally going to see the departure of Andrea. Maybe there are more deals to come which involve getting rid of him, but I certainly wouldn’t count on it. I’ll believe that when I see it.
It’s quite possible that this deal is another one of Colangelo’s genius moves to try and take the pressure off of Andrea. Now, Andrea can hide in the presence of Lowry and Gay who are now the team’s two best players. Once you bring in a player like Rudy Gay, the attention focuses on him and how this team will be fun to watch. Something that will give the illusion of making Andrea look better, perhaps?
8. Andre Drummond/Terrence Ross
Sorry, I couldn’t resist this one. But this trade brings in more “wtf” reactions regarding the future of Terrence Ross.
First, his minutes were going to be reduced because of the Landry Fields signing (which I still like by the way). Then, his minutes were reduced for the foreseeable future because of DeMar DeRozan being locked up long term. Then his minutes were reduced with Alan Anderson and the way that he has played, and it’s obvious he will get an extension. Now, the minutes go down even more because of acquiring another wing in Rudy Gay.
I was pissed off that the team passed on a potential franchise player in Drummond way back in June. A player that should have never went past 5th.
But I’m even more pissed off now that the player they chose over Drummond is now likely stuck on the bench for the majority of games. I think Ross is a player with some potential, and he’s a better option to develop at SG than DeRozan. But now, his minutes get reduced drastically to the point where he might see a lot of “DNPCD’s”.
Way to go Bryan.
9. Toronto’s Cap Situation.
Here’s where it gets really bad. Take a look at the cap situation of the team moving forward. This is the exact information off of Hoopshype.com. Except I’ve added DeMar DeRozan’s contract extension, which isn’t included on the website yet.
Now, remember that in the NBA, the salary cap is approximately $58 Million. As you can see with this, it’s a little over that mark. So, not only are they now in the luxury tax, but they’re paying the luxury tax for a team that isn’t even luxury tax worthy. Imagine that.
Sorry Rudy, it’s nothing personal. I know it’s not your fault. But, in all honesty, this is a bad trade for the Raptors.
Now, apparently there are more trades to be made before the deadline. Let’s hope so. This team as presently constructed, is set up for failure.