Archive for the ‘Free Agency’ Category

As Scott astutely covered earlier on Thursday, the Raptors have reportedly acquired point guard Kyle Lowry in exchange for Gary Forbes and a future lottery pick with limited protection.

The lottery pick is reportedly top-three protected in 2013, top-two protected in 2014 and 2015, and No. 1 overall protected in 2016 and 2017. If the Raptors end up losing a top-two or three pick in this deal, it becomes much, much tougher to swallow. But if the Rockets come out of this deal with only Gary Forbes and a late lottery pick, they will have sold embarrassingly low on a player that looks to be on the rise.

If you’re into patterns, the Raptors have never missed the playoffs in five straight seasons, and have qualified in stretches of two-year and three-year runs. If that pattern holds true, they are due for a post-season trip in the coming season and won’t have to worry about losing a lottery pick for at least a couple of years. On the other hand, the Raptors have never gone more than four consecutive seasons without finishing outside the bottom-five in the NBA standings, and if that ugly pattern holds true, then the Rockets will more than likely get a pretty good draft pick out of this deal.

Unfortunately, we can’t possibly begin judging this trade based on a patterned prediction of what the future holds. We can, however, look at and discuss where this trade leaves the Raptors.

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Everyone thought the competition for Steve Nash’s services was being fought between the Raptors and Knicks. The Mavericks were seen as a formidable team in the mix once they lost out on Deron Williams.

Earlier on Wednesday, New York looked like the overwhelming favourites.

And then, just like that, news began to break Wednesday evening that the Lakers, who hadn’t even really been mentioned in the Nash sweepstakes until Tuesday, had swooped in to steal Nash.

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Some Canadians dreamed of a scenario where Steve Nash would agree to join the Raptors on Canada Day. Now the fear is that he’ll agree to join the Knicks on the Fourth of July.

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We know Steve Nash is the primary target of everything this summer for Bryan Colangelo and the Raptors. We also know that the point guard position is one of the areas (along with the small forward spot) that Colangelo believes needs to be addressed this off-season.

If the Raptors swing and miss on Nash, reports still speculate that they would potentially make a push for Jeremy Lin, who is a restricted free agent. Then there’s the lead guard situation in Houston, where feisty Kyle Lowry isn’t Kevin McHale’s biggest fan and Goran Dragic appears to be a young point guard on the rise, but one who will demand a sizable contract as well.

Lastly, there is Toronto’s most recent point guard combination of Jose Calderon and Jerryd Bayless. Calderon is heading into the final year of a long-term and lucrative contract and is a potential amnesty target. Bayless is an intriguing yet unproven (over the long haul anyway) young restricted free agent.

I think it’s safe to say that one of these six names will be Toronto’s starting point guard on opening night in October, and that a few of them will be moving around this summer. But of the six, which one would you say is the best option right now? Which of the six will be the best player a year from now, two years from now?

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The Raptors and restricted free agent Landry Fields have agreed to a three-year offer sheet, as first reported on twitter by ESPN’s Marc Stein, that “approaches $20 million.”

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