No, and Coangelo should be fired for giving it to him.
It's a meh deal. I would have preferred that they let the open market determine his value though. I have a hard time believing anyone else would offer him that kind of money. But the difference likely would have only been a few million total, I can live with that.
the problem is that toronto is in a major market but is looked at like a small market team. there is inherent pressure by ownership to sell tickets and make money while the gm can not bring in free agents. and even has players saying they won't play here if they were traded for.
raptor fans: " derozan sucks so much hey i have an idea lets trade him for a star"
I think once players play here they like it (with few exceptions). Most basketball players come from the inner-city and really aren't educated enough to know about Toronto except the usual "its cold" which is BS since half the teams in the NBA play in a cold-climate city (Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Boston, Philly, NY, Brooklyn, DC, Denver, Utah, Minnesota, Milwaukee, Indiana). We've heard the typical "they ain't got no ESPN up there" or "food here bites, where's In n Out?". So if a player is willing to stay, I think its a positive. DeRozan isn't Chris Bosh, but he isn't chicken liver either. Cause the likelihood the Raps will get a Dwight Howard or Chris Paul is extremely slim to none.
I think DeRozan finally has the front office confidence, I think he truly will step it up. I don't except 25 point/game averages, but if he can average 17/18 with some good defense, I'll be happy.
Bargs is the bigger headcase, truly if we could replace him with a more legit scorer, this team with Lowry, DeRozan and "xyz" could be a very good Eastern Conference team.
Last edited by Sanyo; 11-04-2012 at 01:11 AM.
The puzzling thing about this contract is that DeMar is not producing at that salary level yet (and may never) so Colangelo should have had a major opportunity to negotiate a great contract for the team and for potential trades. This was a badly blown opportunity.
we could have waited til the end of the season to give him that money- now we are committed (in all likelyhood) to 4 more years to a a player who's skills are average at best and might not pan out. I would have been happy to give him $12 million per if he showed emmense increase in skill this year - i..e if that was the market rate for him. It would obviously be b/c he increased his ball handling and defense. Him shooting a better 3pt% would be the least likely to happen.
as well, holding out on Derozan would have been better this season to give him something to fight for.
If we can get him for sub market value he then becomes a valuable asset for this team. BC is a risk taker, and he's gonna roll the dice. At the end of the day we can always trade Derozan if he is't performing the way we want.
So far, so good.
I dunno I still think that Demar is on the up-swing. I guess it comes down to whether or not each of us personally believes in his ability to ascend the ranks at SG, or not.