Leandro Barbosa

Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports reported this morning that the Raptors have traded Leandro Barbosa to the Pacers in return for a second-round pick, presumably in the upcoming draft. Considering the Pacers’ current place in the standings, the pick will probably be in the 50s — which is like Solomon Alabi territory. The trade will save the Raptors around $2 million in salary on Barbosa’s expiring contract and will enable him to play some meaningful basketball over the next couple of months, which is nice.

I never considered Barbosa to be part of the Raptors’ plans beyond this season, so I can’t say I’m broken up about this. Jerryd Bayless and Gary Forbes would appear to be the guys who will pick up Barbosa’s minutes. Bayless is a restricted free agent after this season, so he’ll benefit from the ability to play 30 minutes per game over the rest of the season — regardless of whether Jose Calderon is in the lineup.

There were a fair number of Raptors fans who thought that Barbosa would be able to fetch a significantly higher draft pick than this late second rounder. Like most fans of every team, these people drastically overvalued the market value of their own player. Barbosa is a decent sixth man on an expiring contract who can give you some scoring punch, and nothing else.

Bryan Colangelo could have hung on to Barbosa on principle because of the lack of juicy offers, but he obviously concluded that there was no point in keeping Barbosa buried on a team going nowhere this season. The two of them have a history that dates back to 2003 in Phoenix, so this is basically a favor for a friend. I’m fine with that, and I hope Barbosa has a deep playoff run with the Pacers.

Update 1: Eric Smith tweeted that Anthony Carter might also be included in the trade, although it’s unlikely he’ll ever suit up for the Pacers. I’ll assume nobody reading this is even remotely upset about this development.

Update 2: Tim Chisholm from TSN reports that the Raptors have received a $7.6 million trade exception in the deal.

Update 3: The Raptors have now officially waived Anthony Carter.

Comments (28)

  1. Plus we get a 7.6 million trade exception that is good until next years trade deadline.

    Also doesn’t this put us under the league minimum salary? More moves to come today?

    • Where have you read about the TPE? Pacers are under the cap, so I don’t think a TPE is required in this case.

      • Wait, Scott – do we have very different impressions re: the TPE? I thought they were created BECAUSE Indiana is under the cap and simply absorbing Barbosa’s salary. Isn’t this what creates a TPE for us, like when we sign and traded Bosh into Miami’s cap space? Actually a pretty nice asset if so.

      • Blanks is right. A Traded Player Exception is created when a team under the cap takes on more salary than they give out. It’s not something “required”, it’s just a by-product of this trade.

  2. I think they could have gotten more for Barbosa if they hadn’t waited until deadline day. At this point, it came to get whatever you can, even if its a second rounder. It’s better than nothing at least, and gives Bayless a chance to be the 6th man, at least for this season.

    • This is GREAT for Tank Nation.The pick is inconsequential, we want to finish in the bottom 5. It will be just enough to keep us down as one of the 5 worst records in the league.
      With the Warriors and Nets positioning themselves for tanking, the Raps had to respond.

      • I don’t know if just trading Barbosa puts them into a legitmate “tanking” category. Although it helps the cause, it would be more so with a Calderon trade.

    • Well I’m glad you can confirm for us that Colangelo has not been exploring trade options for Barbosa until the last possible minute. It’s nice to get that inside information from you (his secretary?). Thanks a bunch.

  3. I’m fine with this move. Expiring contracts are not worth what they used to be and, in fact, Barbosa’s expiring contract made him worth less than he normally would be since the team getting him couldn’t guarantee they’d have him for long. How much would you give up for a 2 month rental of a player?

    I’m glad Colangelo didn’t just hold onto Barbosa, which is what I was afraid he would do.

  4. Like many have been saying, it doesn’t matter what the return is, the team must be stripped down and allowed to bottom out before they can move forward. They should dump Calderon for any tangible asset as well.

  5. i think out of calderon and barbosa they should kept the right asset moving forward at least you dont mind taking a gamble on calderon…. although it would have been cool if they some how traded them both for steve nash or something

  6. It’s gonna be a deep draft this year so any pick is probably good. Hopefully they can get K.Jones from West Virginia, that guy is the most underrated college bball player I’ve seen in a long time. Unfortunately for Gonzaga they gotta go up against, in my opinion, the best player in NCAA basketball.

    • You’re saying Kevin Jones is the best player in NCAA basketball? You’ve got to be kidding me…

      • Didn’t he simply say ‘most underrated player he’s seen in a long time’… don’t know where you’re getting this ‘best player’ statement from?

        So just so everyone knows, calling someone under-rated doesn’t mean you think they’re the BEST.

        • No, look at his last sentence…

          “Unfortunately for Gonzaga they gotta go up against, in my opinion, the best player in NCAA basketball.”

          Gonzaga plays West Virginia first round. Kevin Jones is a good player, I agree. But he’s not the best player in the NCAA.

        • Read the post again

  7. Kevin Jones WVU, 6′-8″ small forward, .513 fg%, 20.1 ppg, 11.1 rpg all while playing in the Big East, the Raptors must draft this guy, last draft projection list I seen had him going in the 2nd round.

    • The same Kevin Jones who isn’t a SF, but an undersized PF who doesn’t have the athleticism to play the SF position?

      He’s definitely a good player, but seriously don’t understand how you can call him the best player in college basketball.

  8. How ’bout Jae Crowder?

    • Yeah I agree with this. Jae Crowder is a sick player, he’s a monster on defense and the raps could use that. I’m just scared he might go earlier in the second round if he continues to perform this well in march madness with Marquette

  9. This was a good move for the Raptors. They get worse by getting rid of Barbosa(good for draft pick), Forbes gets more time, its a second round pick they didnt have before and they have two open roster spots to give a couple guys 10 day contracts. I like Barbosa on this team but he wasnt gonna resign. What do you expect for a vet like him with an expiring contract. Also a very nice pick up for Indiana. Good luck Leandro

  10. Yeah – nothing wrong with this deal at all – it doesn’t make us any better.

  11. It would be really funny if this was a nice agreement between Colangelo and Barbosa, where he goes to Pacers until end of season, gets to play some playoff games. We get to tank harder, we get their 2nd round pick, and then after the season when he’s a free-agent Barbosa re-signs with us :D

  12. Some people would say keeping Calderon would help us tank.

    I think his recent injury screws over any chance of trading him this season, but he’s not an expiring, so we can still fetch value for him at some point in the future.

  13. Isaiah Thomas was drafted 60th last year. Even late second round picks can potentially be helpful.

    • You CAN find good players in the second round, but you have about the same chance as finding a good looking woman with a great personality on an online dating website. It’s possible, but the odds are heavily stacked against it.

  14. Dumb BC needs to be fired.He’s the most stupid GM for the raps….ever!

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