Archive for the ‘Wilson Chandler’ Category

While the NHL trade deadline has our attention today, there are a couple of Raptors-related rumours out there to chew on with the NBA deadline just a couple of weeks away.

On Sunday night, the Orlando Sentinel wrote about a Dwight Howard to the Lakers rumour that included a Jose Calderon to Orlando component (Magic CEO has since denied that such a trade proposal exists). Then on Monday, Sam Smith of bulls.com wrote under the NBA news and notes section of his write-up that “The Raptors are anxious to move the contract of Leandro Barbosa to make a big offer to restricted free agent Wilson Chandler.

As I’ve stated a few times about Chandler, I like what he can bring to the table, but I would be worried about getting in a bidding war and overpaying for a complimentary piece type of player at this early and critical stage of the Raptors’ rebuild. If Smith is correct that the Raps are anxious to clear some cap space to make Chandler a “big” offer, then I won’t lie to you, I’m a little anxious myself, as all Raptors fans should be.

I am pleased, however, that the Raptors are trying to move Barbosa, whose departure I think should be more of a priority than Jose Calderon’s. After all, Leandro is on an expiring contract, which means the Raptors have just a little over two weeks left to extract any type of trade value out of the “Brazilian Blur.”

I’m not sure how many people were looking forward to keeping an eye on Pistons/Raptors on a Wednesday night, but aside from the game itself, a couple of very interesting Raptors tidbits have emerged.

First and foremost, the Raptors’ official PR twitter account tweeted this:

When rumours first leaked that the Raptors could be one of the teams in on Chandler a few weeks ago, I wrote this on the matter.

My stance on the possibility of Wilson becoming a Raptor remains the same. I think he can be a good NBA player for years to come, but not great, and not good enough to get into a bidding war over. There have been multiple reports over the last little while that the Nuggets are interested in retaining Chandler, who is a restricted free agent after playing in China for the first part of the season.

If Bryan Colangelo can acquire Chandler at a reasonable price and term, then it can be a solid pickup that adds to a decent collection of young talent. But the last thing the Raptors need to do is overpay for a role player that also might affect the team’s lottery position this year.

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The other interesting bit of information that emerged during this Raps/Pistons game came from Pistons.com editor and True Blue Pistons blogger Keith Langlois, who has alerted the world about a potential draft night trade between Toronto and Detroit that apparently fell through when the Cavaliers shocked everyone by selecting Tristan Thompson instead of Jonas Valanciunas.

 

Langlois went on to tweet this:

Based on my interpretation of the tweets, it seems like the two teams would have swapped roster players (one-for-one) and then swapped the fifth and eighth picks. I would assume that Colangelo would have followed through on the deal if Valanciunas went off the board as expected, and then the Raps could have ended up with Brandon Knight or whoever else they wanted at No. 8. You’ll remember that in the “Behind the Draft” special, Colangelo and co. celebrate after the Cavs take Thompson, showing that Jonas was the guy they desperately wanted.

It obviously all worked out fine, but imagine if Colangelo had agreed to the deal before the Cavs made their selection, assuming they would take Jonas? How angry would he have been with himself if after dealing the fifth pick (because he thought Valanciunas wouldn’t be available), he then had to watch the Pistons select his guy? I think it’s safe to say he would be kicking himself for it.