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  • 2cents

    The sooner the Raptors trade their GM Ujiri, the better. This guy is ripping this team apart for absolutely nothing…

  • JAY

    The synergy of the existing personnel was terrible. Destroy and rebuild.

  • 2cents

    It’s a fair point Jay and I agree their record shows how average they are. But if you trade away Gay for spare parts, why not get 1st rounders included or building blocks for the future?

  • JAY

    I have a few friends who feel the same as you do…. but who in the league have, and are willing to trade trade, legitimate building blocks for Rudy Gay? It’s really easy to play “they should have got” if we don’t consider his contract is $19M per year for a guy who shoots 38% from the field, rarely gets to the line, and takes terrible shots. I don’t believe many GMs are THAT dumb.
    I actually thought the trade was great for the Raps. Vasquez and Patterson are still playing out their rookie deals, so they are both still very young. They likely won’t ever be all-stars but they are high IQ guys who can play. I think Ujiri did a great job adding depth, and cutting salaries. IMO it’s amazing that Ujiri managed to get that much young talent back for an untouchable contract, while improving the existing roster. It’s like the Melo trade all over again.

  • 2cents

    You put forward a convincing argument Jay. After watching Gay in the last 2 games, I get the feeling he was tanking (ala Vince Carter) so he could get out of town.

    I don’t agree however with the “finds”. PP and Vasquez are nice, but they don’t make the team bad enough to play for the top 5 ping-pong balls and like you said, aren’t going to be game-changers in the future. So without any additional picks, I am not convinced this was a great trade.

    I get the feeling Ujiri is trying to free up cap space to sign someone, but honestly, who wants to come to Toronto? Maybe it’s too early for me to go postal on him. I just wish however he wouldn’t have started the season with this roster and made it clear before the season began that we were tanking, rather than giving us Raptors fans some playoff hope.

  • JAY

    He’s not done cutting the fat. Patience.

    Put it this way… you’ve dealt with 7 years of Colangelo’s blind dealing with no real plan. Masai improved the Nuggets after trading his best player away. Give the guy a year, at least… more realistically 2 years. From the get-go, He got rid of the roster’s biggest problem…. Bargnani, who Colangelo refused to deal no matter how garbage he played, and then Rudy Gay, the offense killer.

    And even if he isn’t trying to tank the year for a top 5 pick. Let’s say they get a low lottery pick… Jonas is still 20. Derozan is 24. T-Ross is 21. It’s a young team and the draft is ridiculously deep. They can get a very good young player (Embiid? Gary Harris? Exum?). Patterson and Vasquez are glue guys. If they add another quality addition through the draft or FAs, this team could grow together. like Indiana’s team grew together. Hibbert and George were the young guns, and Indy’s front office filled in the roster with great compliments. Give Ujiri some time before asking the Raps to trade him. It’s not his fault Colangelo really effed up that roster.