I've gone through some of the trade threads, and while there are some noteworthy arguments that advocate B.C make a move for an "impact now" type-player (the word impact is debatable) - I on the other hand would prefer the GM sits on his hands (even if it means Calderon walks at the end of the season).
I've defended B.C in this forum against sometimes harsh and sometimes just criticism, but I ultimately agree with the critics when it comes to trades: i.e. I just simply do not have the belief he knows what he's doing. Yes - in all probability he is an excellent negotiator and has excellent business sensibility but that does not exonerate a scenario where he would make a trade that sinks our chemistry for the sake of 'playoff pressure'.
I've created this thread because I've noticed there is a shared sense of desperation among Raptor fans - not only in this forum - but across the social media landscape to get the most for Calderon now while his value is high and also because his contract is expiring. My argument is (and I suspect there are some people on here who share this view) that trading Calderon - whether it be him solely or a combined trade - is potentially much worse for us than losing him for nothing. I don't believe there is a player out there that is readily available that a) would not destroy our already difficult cap sitiuation and b) would not involve another talented young player on our roster, namely Ed Davis and Terrance Ross etc.
I say do nothing; roll the dice on these kids and see what happens. Yes there will be nights when our frontcourt or backcourt gets rolled on by superior opposition which might provoke feelings of regret for not making the trade for player a or player b, but that is preferable over trading for a player that ****s us down the road.
No to any trades. Let these guys play the season out and re-evaluate at seasons end.
I am split myself I at first wanted Bargs and Calderon gone but the way Calderon is playing without Bargs it will be tough to trade him and not hurt our playoff chances and it sounds as though no one wants Bargs so I am thinking if there is not a good deal out there for either then keep them and let Calderon expire and play Bargs off the bench tell him to play near the net and let him earn his playing time . Either way I wouldn't trade any of our young guys .
The OP states we have a cap issue... I disagree. With a market and ownership group like ours, the raptors should be operating just under the lux tax threshold. We don't want to be operating under the cap each year... Teams can't compete at that level. With demar extended early... I don't think we have much cap anyway. Tis is our competitive advantage in the league right now. Most teams want to dump, we can add.
BC and Casey should have a sense if Lowry and jose want to stay. Keeping Jose is an option, he's been that good IMO. But we could also include him in a trade as a playoff rental and hope to retain him again for the MLE this summer. Risky yes, but it may be the best way to add talent.
As for Bargs, I'd prefer to trade him if we can find an even trade... I'm not sure we can sell him off cheap. (Expiring contract ) ersan illy would be a par player I'd be interested in.
Klieza is a contract I just want out of. Trade him for an expiring, a different player....or try and get a medical exception for him.
I'm still sold on the fact our biggest weakness is a better big body center.
BC and Ed S have their work cut out for them. Lets not be fooled we have enough talent to compete.
lowry/calderon is a storm in the locker room waiting to happen if this keeps up. Lowry's been good so far by keeping quiet and doing what's asked, but I don't expect that to keep up. He's sacrificing a lot for the sake of the team right now, and there's no doubt he can contribute more.
You're going to have to trade one of them to keep the team running smoothly in the long term. Finding a new home for one should be a priority. It's just a shame that it's unlikely Bargnani will be packaged in a deal with then due to his injury.
Given the current situation (chemistry building-winning games) would you admit to the possibility that trading him for the sake of getting something instead of nothing makes us worse off?
I see your point, but there's something very valuable not being mentioned. If you let Jose expire and not sign him again... We've lost that ability to stretch our spending. We are now back to being a cap team for another year. We need that 10m going forward to build the team.
We are limited in building our salary spending dollars to:
Just get rid of Bargs and Jose allow Lowry to assume the role as starting Pg and get a couple picks TPE's and a Jeff Green type guy simple and then amnesty keliza and waive pietrus if you cant move them for picks