With Andrea Bargnani out of the lineup due to a torn elbow ligament, the talk among Raptors fans has moved from potential trade scenarios involving the seven-foot Italian to praise for the team’s defensive effort without their “star” player. But while fans may not necessarily be proposing specific trades anymore, the opinion that he needs to be traded – anywhere, for anything – is only gaining support.
Aldridge writes that the Raptors might not be ready to pull the trigger on a trade for Pau Gasol involving Bargnani and Jose Calderon just yet, but adds that in regard to Bargnani, “league sources are convinced the Raptors will eventually move him somewhere,” while also quoting a General Manager who says “Bryan is going to move him, no doubt.”
This unnamed GM might just see what all of us see – that Bargs clearly needs to go – without Colangelo actually seeing things the same way, but even the most anti-Colangelo fan has to feel that this is finally the year he moves “the enigma of all enigmas.”
I maintain that until they prove otherwise, the Raptors don’t deserve the benefit of the doubt with regards to their favourable schedule over the next little while, but having said that, if they can continue to get back to establishing their defensive identity, there is reason to believe they can at least put together a few runs here and there.
And if the Raps can even get to 35 wins (I’m not convinced that’s possible yet, but just play along here) on the shoulders of an improving young core and Colangelo is able to move Bargnani in the process, I’d be very interested in seeing how fans react to B.C.
Would they suddenly be okay with Bryan sticking around again, or at least with MLSE simply picking up his option for next season?
Or has that ship sailed? Are fans done with Colangelo no matter what, even without Bargnani attached at the hip?
On a sidenote, Aldridge also floats the idea that if and when Calderon is traded, it might just be for a draft pick and a large trade exception. I know the Raptors haven’t done much with sizable exceptions in recent years, but I’d actually be pretty happy with a Calderon trade that nets Toronto a first round pick and TPE.