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Old 02-01-2019, 11:27 PM   #241
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Nuggets have definitely earned the right to be considered the Warriors chief threat. And they look this good with no Isaiah Thomas yet, and with no Michael Porter this year. Jokic is maybe the MVP at this point in the year, probably the closest we'll see to prime Arvydas in the NBA.
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Old 02-05-2019, 02:47 PM   #242
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Uhhhh....

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Does Lowry even have much value considering his injury issues?
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I'm highly skeptical that this rumour is anything more than Memphis trying to up the trade value for legitimately interested teams.
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Old 02-05-2019, 05:21 PM   #245
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Perhaps but if the additional price is a very low 1st, just because the raps are more desperate to upgrade, I do it. I’ve been saying it for years that Lowry cracks under pressure and that he’s wildly inconsistent. JVs alright but become redundant so I do the deal to change Lowry and bring a legit big. It’d be more or less even but if the raps are going all in and other teams are willing to offer more, throwing in this years first isn’t a big deal at all.
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The funniest part of this isn't LeBron on LeBron Island, but Rondo is sitting in the crowd. But while I don't think LeBron can ever catch MJ as the greatest, he's already without question the NBA's all-time drama queen. KD might have ruined the NBA, but he appears to be dead on when he said LeBron teams are toxic. Just makes you appreciate a guy like Tim Duncan who just won and shut the #### up.

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Old 02-06-2019, 06:56 PM   #247
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Seems like the Raptors wonít be adding anyone , feels like a missed opportunity to go all in. Probably will look for buyout options. If they donít fix their shooting they wonít be going far. I just donít see how you look at the raptors roster, in their biggest season to date, and not make a trade for shooting. OG, Powell, Wright, and picks should be on the table and others depending on the player. No finals no Kawhi, itís that simple.

With the 76ers adding Harris it feels like the raptors are being out maneuvered.




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Old 02-06-2019, 08:39 PM   #248
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I trust Masai absolutely. I'm also not a fan of going all in if that means being a bottom feeder for the next 5 years. It's nice to build something and win it - not completely mortgaging the future for a one time shot at a championship. It's not like the Leafs where there's a 50+ year drought. Masai, if he seen an opportunity to add some good player, but if it meant extreme risk of being a bad team next year and the following years, hopefully sits on the sidelines and accepts the teams' fate this year. Where there's smoke there's fire though, and I can't see this ending well for Lowry with the rumor out there. If he's been discussed heavily and they don't deal him, he'll sulk. If they do he'll sulk. That's my main concern right now - keeping him. Another side note - any chance Masai acquires VC? Seems like he'd be a good fit this year.
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I trust Masai absolutely. I'm also not a fan of going all in if that means being a bottom feeder for the next 5 years. It's nice to build something and win it - not completely mortgaging the future for a one time shot at a championship. It's not like the Leafs where there's a 50+ year drought. Masai, if he seen an opportunity to add some good player, but if it meant extreme risk of being a bad team next year and the following years, hopefully sits on the sidelines and accepts the teams' fate this year. Where there's smoke there's fire though, and I can't see this ending well for Lowry with the rumor out there. If he's been discussed heavily and they don't deal him, he'll sulk. If they do he'll sulk. That's my main concern right now - keeping him. Another side note - any chance Masai acquires VC? Seems like he'd be a good fit this year.


The issue is you donít want to become a tread mill team that is stuck in the middle. Thatís probably the worst place to be in the NBA and thereís many of those teams. You have one year to convince Kawhi to stay and if he leaves Toronto wont get a player near his caliber for some time, unless they go full tank. The raptors have some nice parts but as far as the future goes their best U-25 player is Siakam and after him there isnít any young player on the roster that screams all star potential.

Frankly, Masai already mortgaged the raptors future with trading derozan for a one year rental when they couldíve flipped Derozan for futures. He decided to go all in for this year by trading his best asset, if Kawhi leaves and they get bounced before the finals itís an utter failure. Trying to flip it any other way is just being an optimist. This isnít any other year for the raptors, this is their last chance to get to the finals if Kawhi leaves. No one will come to Toronto as a free agent, without Kawhi thereís nothing that separates Toronto from other teams. Iím sure Masai has a plan in place if Kawhi leaves, Iím just not sold on the potential of the raptors supporting cast.



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Well any team is probably asking for OG or Siakam, and it's really hard to trade those guys if you wanna contend next year because we know they are good and they are cheap. Raps obviously don't have any room to spend past keeping Kawhi. I also think it's hard to look at any guys like Harris or Beal and not end up thinking Siakam is the best player being traded. I seriously doubt Masai is just standing still, the Gasol/Conley rumour tells you he's trying to make moves. But if the goal is the keep Kawhi long term and contend, you can't trade Siakam or OG and that doesn't leave you much that interests teams.
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I agree with what’s been said, about being in the middle of the pack. But seriously, if we wage everything here, do the raps have a chance greater than 10% of taking it? I don’t think so unless another all star like Davis is brought back the other way. So then in the off-season when you’re trying to look at signing Kawhi, he looks at the now decimated roster and realizes he has nothing to work with and definitely won’t sign (if he’s at all interested at the moment). I’m thinking aloud now but it’s definitely a tough decision. I can’t imagine corporate wants potentially four years of no gate revenue if there are no playoffs, so on that I can’t see the all in scenario today with dealing Siakem. OG, maybe, but I hope not for a rental.
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There really isn't anyone who would put them clearly over the top outside AD. Maybe Masai works some magic and can get that done, and in that situation you can give up anyone really. But Bradley Beal, assuming you give up Siakam to get him, is a net negative for the Raps. If you can get Beal for $.30 on the dollar sure, but Beal is only an upgrade for the right package. And the Wizards likely can get similar packages to what the Raps can offer from other contenders.

Siakam is a top quality asset, which is why he should be untouchable unless it's a clear and obvious upgrade. Outside AD, no one like that is really available.
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Mirotic to the Bucks. Raptors desperate for 3 pt shooters and they were reportedly interested in trading for him. Raptors are getting badly out maneuvered. Both the 76ers and the Bucks have gotten better. Amazing how the raptors never have any assets to trade at the deadline.

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Or...

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Wow, was not expecting this. Gasol is definitely a good add but heís not the same player he was 2 years ago. Still a good add, will be interested to see what the raptors gave


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More buyout spots opened too. If they can get Wesley Matthews then Masai did very well here.

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And uhhh obviously PR and Masai don't talk much lol.

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And yeah let's be grateful the Sixers didn't draft Tatum instead of Fultz or the Raps wouldn't have a path to the Finals (although Simmons is a decent bench piece at least)

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Well Gasol is at least something.
I actually really liked Valachuwinesauce but I guess he is seen has not having enough upside and injury prone.
Wright is a decent piece too and he has the athletic ability to succeed in the league.
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The Toronto Raptors are trading veteran center Greg Monroe and a second-round pick to the Brooklyn Nets, sources told The Athletic's Shams Charania.

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