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JordansBulls
07-18-2008, 03:13 PM
Source: NBADraft.net (http://www.nbadraft.net/2008_stateofthecap_raptors.html)




2008/09 Toronto Raptors Payroll: $69.8 million
2008/09 Estimated Salary Cap: $58 million
Roughly $11.8 million over cap


If those numbers are true then the Raptors are under the lux tax by ~ 2 million



The Good:
The centerpiece of the franchise, Chris Bosh, is an amazing model of consistency. He has averaged almost exactly 22 points on 50% shooting each of the past three years. His rebounding was down a little to 8.7 per game, but that isn't anything to worry about. For the Raptors, it's good to know that you have a superstar you can count on. At $47.2 million over the next three seasons, Bosh is well paid and earning it. His humorous All-Star voting commercials are just icing on the cake.

Toronto has a sweet deal for one of the sweetest three point shooters in the league. Anthony Parker will only be paid $4.5 million next season. For that small sum, the Raptors get a 43.8% shooter from beyond the arc who wound up second on the team in scoring with a 12.5 average. Parker plays efficient, quality basketball and he will be due for a small pay raise next summer.

The best deal on the team by far has to go to Jamario Moon, an undrafted free agent from a community college. The wiry, high-flying forward is due to receive just $711,000 next season, an awesome price for one of the Raptor's best role players. Moon contributed 8.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.4 blocks, and shot a respectable 48.5% from the field. Needless to say, Moon is looking at a serious salary hike when his contract is up. He should also receive a small bonus for having such a cool name.


The Bad:
Former top overall pick Andrea Bargnani regressed after a so-so rookie season. His shooting percentage plummeted to 38.6% and he still has no interest in rebounding, grabbing just 3.7 per game. In fact, Bargnani totaled 7 rebounds in the entire five-game series with Orlando. I know he likes to roam around the perimeter on offense, but that is pathetic. He has two years remaining on his rookie contract at $5.1 and $6.5 million, the last of which is a team option. Bargnani needs to be much more aggressive if he expects to live up to his lofty draft selection status.

Jason Kapono was given a mid-level contract to be a three point shooting specialist for the Raptors. The deal has three years left for a total of $18.6 million. Kapono has definitely shot the ball very well, hitting an awesome 48.3% from beyond the arc. The only problem is that he rarely shoots, attempting just 1.5 threes per game and 6.2 shots overall in 18 minutes, on average. Since he contributes almost no rebounding, passing, or defense, Kapono must be more involved in the offense to earn his paycheck, much like he was in the playoffs. His long-range shooting will be needed even more next season to open up the floor for Bosh and newly acquired Jermaine O'Neal.

Jorge Garbajosa used to be a crafty reserve for Toronto. Soon after the season began, things went downhill quickly for the European veteran. He missed most of the year due to leg surgery in December, and then a squabble with the Raptors over his availability for the Spanish Olympic team contributed to the Raptors buying out the final year of his contract. It will only count a few million against the cap next season, but losing a key player from their bench hurts worse.


The Future:
I'm not a big Jermaine O'Neal fan. He hasn't been healthy in four straight seasons, his stats have bombed, and he gets paid ridiculous amounts of money for a guy not known for carrying a team on his shoulders. That being said, I still think it was a great trade for Toronto.

After Dwight Howard destroyed them in the playoffs, the team desperately needed help for Chris Bosh on the front line, as well as a second star player to attract some attention on offense. All they had to give up was a draft pick, an overpaid stiff in Rasho Nesterovic, and a speedy but injury-prone point guard they didn't really need anyway because of Jose Calderon's emergence. The beauty of the trade is that there is really no risk involved. If O'Neal doesn't pan out, he becomes one hell of an expiring contract to trade next year or to let expire for the 2010 free agent season. It works out for the Raptors no matter what happens with O'Neal. Very smart move.

The exact figures of Jose Calderon's new contract were not known, but assuming they didn't overpay for him, Toronto will be in pretty good shape the next few years. Calderon is a very smart, highly efficient point guard who dished a career high 8.3 assists per game last season and shoots the ball very well. With Ford gone, the ball is in his hands now and he'll be asked to lead the team deep into the playoffs. If the Raptors can find one more consistent scorer in the back court and keep O'Neal healthy, they very well might make it there.

pebloemer
07-18-2008, 03:21 PM
Thanks for that.

The only point I really disagree on is Nesterovic being an "overpaid stiff." Overpaid? Likely; but he has been huge for us.

Ragun
07-18-2008, 03:29 PM
Thanks for that.

The only point I really disagree on is Nesterovic being an "overpaid stiff." Overpaid? Likely; but he has been huge for us.

Yeah I totally agree.

torontosports10
07-18-2008, 03:41 PM
i was gonna say that too. He is overpaid yes but what would he say pay me less?? and he is very efficent for a team. If Bargs doesnt improve i hope we can trade him for a good SF player and sign Rasho back as a big man off the bench he was a fav of mine

Halladay
07-18-2008, 04:23 PM
I think Leo Rautins and the Swirsk made you guys love Rasho too much. He's not as good as Raptor fans think.

nstojic
07-18-2008, 04:24 PM
rasho a stiff? only because mitchell didn't use him right... until the last month or so of the season... his raps tenure was solid.. nothing 'special' but solid..

B2B
07-18-2008, 04:47 PM
Toronto Raptors - Salary Cap Information

Player 2008-09
Jermaine O'Neal ----$21,372,000
Chris Bosh ---------$14,410,581
Jose Calderon ------$8,195,798 - assuming
Jason Kapono ------$5,784,480
Andrea Bargnani ----$5,176,440
Anthony Parker -----$4,550,000
Jorge Garbajosa* ---$4,250,000
Carlos Delfino
Joey Graham -------$2,449,184
Nathan Jawai -------$1,250,000 - assuming
Roko Ukic ----------$1,250,000
Jamario Moon ------$711,517
Hassan Adams -----$400,000

TOTAL Committed --$59,104,202
TOTAL -------------$69,800,000

http://www.hoopsworld.com/Story.asp?story_id=9165

Tax Threshold-------$71,150,000

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=3479183

What Raps have left $1,350,000

nstojic
07-18-2008, 05:11 PM
5.7 for kapono wouldn't hurt so much if he shot 48% from 3 but attempted more than 1.5 of those per game... everyone's talking about andrea but if kapono plays next season like he did at the end of last season and the playoffs... he'll be the real gatorade x factor...

Bob_at_york
07-18-2008, 05:17 PM
I think Leo Rautins and the Swirsk made you guys love Rasho too much. He's not as good as Raptor fans think.
They didn't do that to me. i was a big fan of the trade from the start. I always knew how solid Rasho was. He is a good centre.

Raptors27
07-18-2008, 07:05 PM
That was a really nice article. I agree on almost 100% of all the facts, except as mentioned Rasho, he played well the final 2 months and was there when Andrea wasnt playing well.

_Sn1P3r_
07-18-2008, 07:09 PM
They didn't do that to me. i was a big fan of the trade from the start. I always knew how solid Rasho was. He is a good centre.

I agree. When Bosh went down, Rasho picked up the slack in the frontcourt.

cdnsportsfan
07-21-2008, 01:09 AM
nstojic said:
5.7 for kapono wouldn't hurt so much if he shot 48% from 3 but attempted more than 1.5 of those per game... everyone's talking about andrea but if kapono plays next season like he did at the end of last season and the playoffs... he'll be the real gatorade x factor...


Agreed, a Jason Kapono like the one who showed up in the playoffs would be a huge lift for the Raps! However I personally feel that the reason for his ineffectiveness had a lot to do with no secondary threat down low.

In theory Bargs and Bosh last season should have drawn double-teams and attention to open up Kapono...that didn't really happen though as Bargs didn't draw the attention that was desired. Now, if O'Neal and Bosh can do it right this season then Kapono - who generally didn't do much on offense anyways beyond sit beyond the arc in the corner most of his time on the court - will have a good chance at taking more shots per game, and even bring back out that game he provided for Miami when Shaq and Wade drew players to them, opening up Kapono to shoot all day long.

A more aggressive Kapono, a la the playoffs, would ultimately be the best option, but even if he just returns to that "sit in the corner and wait for the ball" style it could still work out for Toronto in the end...that is, if everything else comes together. The Raps should remain one of the best in the league beyond the arc regardless next season, however they could also become the best outside shooting team in the league with a healthy O'Neal all season long
(btw LOVE how much rests on the health of JO this upcoming season, no pressure bud, no pressure! :cool:)

cdnsportsfan
07-21-2008, 01:19 AM
I think Leo Rautins and the Swirsk made you guys love Rasho too much. He's not as good as Raptor fans think.

Rasho was certainly overpaid but he was a solid part of the team, and he proved that especially towards the end of this past season. Toronto needs something more than him in the Centre position to move forward with certainly however Rasho did contribute, he wasn't just a useless body on the floor eating up minutes. I'm not upset that he's gone but I'm also still happy with the way he played while on the Raptors, he was a good vet & a team player that helped us out. I don't think it's wrong for people to defend him considering what he brought to the team.

Master P
07-21-2008, 02:15 AM
what i like about jason kapono is that he isn't just a 3-point specialist. he's used that skill to evolve his offensive game. he knows teams are aware of his ability beyond the line, especially if he's hit a few that game already. he'll use this to recognize when defenders close-out on him out of control, thus usually resulting in a simple pump fake, and then a one dribble step in for a closer shot. one raptor i can remember also doing this very well, from slightly closer to the basket, was oakley. i love players that realize every foot closer to the basket an uncontested shot is, the more likely it is to go in. simple basketball.

nstojic
07-21-2008, 06:50 AM
^^ i agree.. but there were a handful of times, albeit they weren't many, where he tried to have a more dynamic game and he started driving.... i don't care for that... again, i do agree that someone with that kind of a shot should always look for an even closer shot

Tom Stone
07-21-2008, 06:58 AM
I think Leo Rautins and the Swirsk made you guys love Rasho too much. He's not as good as Raptor fans think.

Rasho for the last 17 games of the season avg 14 to 15 points and 7 rebounds....he was great for us......But i like they way were going....

pebloemer
07-21-2008, 08:47 AM
I think Leo Rautins and the Swirsk made you guys love Rasho too much. He's not as good as Raptor fans think.

I watched most of the games at the bar where there was no volume, so not for me. Rasho did everything asked of him well (not spectacular, but well), which was more than our other bigs not named Bosh - we needed that.

Mile High Champ
07-21-2008, 09:36 AM
The minute I take anything of any value from nbadraft.net other than news related to the nba draft is the day I stop watching the NBA. Not very credible in terms of being someone who offers anything else but a bias.