I want to hear B2B's take on this.
Raps fans can hate on this trade all they want. I do believe it will work out when it is all said and done.
Lowry/Gay/Ross/Val = core.
You have 2 players Lowry & Gay arguably top 10 at their positions PG/SF,
Jonas is expected to be top ten at centre
Ross has the tools/game to be an effective SG & fit between Lowry & Gay
Both Ross & Jonas rookie scale help offset Gays incoming salary
IMO both Bargnani & DeRozan are being shopped with Lowry's impending extension in mind.
Don't care what ESPN says, people post those articles like these ****ers does never be wrong. They also have no insight on impending or future moves when making these comments.
Lowry is Gay ----------->s best nba buddy and hopefully they can play well together.
We should now try to get Gasol for Andrea and Landry plus 2015and 2016 second rounders
This trade will either go really well or really bad. I think BC felt good to trade Ed knowing Amir has been playing great too this year. I think Gay could fit well, but its gonna be on Lowry to bring everyone together. Hopefully we can get rid of all the bad contracts (bargs, fields, klezia) and move forward.
Also, losing Ed is bad for us, but we have to remember we would have to give him a contract like Demar's next season probably where as Gay may hurt us salery wise now, he can be a great player and may even resign for cheaper if he likes it here.
i like this deal for raptors as well. hoping for the best. Ed & definitely jose should receive a standing ovation on their return to TO
Colangelo did the right thing by selling high on both Ed & Jose (who's contract was running out) without giving up anything else for a borderline All-Star.
After listening to BC's comments on Andrea, I like this trade even more, now that I know its only a matter of time before he is gone.
I disagree though on Derozan. He's part of the core whether people like to believe it or not. We wouldn't have extended him before his contract was up if that wasn't the case, especially with his improvements this year.
Rondo-Allen-Pierce found a way to make it work
Wade-Bron made it work
Granger-George made it work
Linn and Harden are making it work
Derozan and Gay can work, it just depends on their chemistry, knowing their roles, the coach being a good leader and most importantly Derozan has an uncanty work ethic so he'll do what he has to do to fit right in.
Ross can be our Tony Allen type for the time being
2013 Mock Chicago Bulls
We don't have Salary cap next season.
We don't have depth with our bigs.
We don't have a backup to an injury prone PG.
I don't think Bargnani goes anywhere. We are not going to get any offers that we need or will improve us.
Fields contract isn't going anywhere. Ross is apparently untouchable. I doubt demar is traded after an extension. There hasn't been a sniff of a rumor about trading him either. That leaves Anderson and Kleiza to be traded. What are they going to net us? Not much for the improvements we need.
I don't see how this helps us at all. Ed Davis is 23, cheap, and loved the city. His extension would not have been bad for market value.
I hate to be so negative but this has doom written all over it. Can someone please tell me how, basketball wise, this trade makes the Raptors better? Let alone the financial implications.
Here are my thoughts in a nutshell.
Ed Davis - solid game, loved his belief in himself, but he isn't that young and is a good trade commodity. Back up at best.
Jose Calderon - Great guy, teammate and backup. Didnt fit in to what we wanted to do and frankly is a poor man's Steve Nash, which isn't good because you need some serious offense to make up for lacking in the D department.
Rudy Gay - Gets a game winning shooter for us, is athletic and has lots a time left in his career. Better defender and a name. We need that RLY bad.
Overall I am for this trade and look forward to watching this team play. Much as I love Calderon and I really happy he is bringing his talents somewhere else.