Random NBA Thoughts

Discussion in 'Know Your Enemy' started by Quazza, Aug 16, 2010.

  1. TMC

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    Having the best record in the East was just a byproduct of the Cavs turmoil and the Celtics injury woes. Toronto shouldn't have had the best record in the east, but these things happen in the NBA.

    Point is, the last three years, the Cavs have eliminated the Raptors. It wasn't so easy the first time, beating them in the conference finals 4-2, but they've been swept the last two years, and this time they looked worse than ever, poorly prepared for what was expecting them in the series, outmatched and simply run out of the playoffs for a team that was more physical and desired those wins more (and had the better player, that goes without saying).

    I think it's time for a change in Toronto, and that change should come in one or two ways, replacing Casey and giving this core another run with a different coach, or by trading DeRozan, who is the most tradable guy in the roster and will give them value in return. Lowry ain't going anywhere considering his age and contract, Ibaka is untradable til next year, Valanciunas shouldn't be traded... that leaves DeRozan as the most likely option to be traded in order to improve the roster.

    Plenty of Raptors players have been showing support for Casey, and that usually doesn't bode well for the recipient...


    But I happen to think this is going to be a crazy offseason for plenty of franchises. Teams like Milwaukee, Miami, Philly, Dallas, Portland, LA Lakers, Detroit and New York will be on the market, trying to improve their rosters, and there won't be so much money spent on free agents as two offseasons ago (although some teams will have cap space to sign one or two big contracts, like the Lakers and Sixers), so I expect plenty of trades this offseason for several teams that were good, but not as good as they hoped to be. Toronto just happens to be one of them.
     
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    Not sure about DeRozen being the most tradeable guy... 3 years left on his contract at $28m per year. Not sure he is a max contract guy you trade for by giving up good assets/draft picks. Think it would more have to be a salary dump by Toronto.
     
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    Well, he's younger than Lowry, even tho I think Lowry is the better player, but he's on the wrong side of 30. Hence why I think DeRozan is more tradeable. You can add one of their young bench players and take some salaries back and probably will find a team that takes him and trades you a good player. Also, if the Lakers miss out on George and Lebron, they might get desperate for a star to lead their young guys. I think there's a market for DeRozan.
     
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    So Masai Ujiri says that he supports coach Casey, but everybody will be reevaluated. That usually means changes are coming. Maybe not the coach, but there will be changes in Toronto, if they find the right deals.

    Meanwhile, Casey is the COY, which, sincerely, I think he was not the most worthy candidate (mine would have been Stevens, Spoelstra or Brett Brown), although I think he did a good job during the regular season. Just not enough for COY. Btw, can't believe Brad Stevens and Spoeltra didn't get a single vote.

    See you in a week, guys! Go Dubs!
     
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    As expected, the Raptors fired coach Casey. It had to happen, because they just don't have a clue how to beat Cleveland, and Casey's in-game adjustments are usually awful. Doesn't show much in the regular season, but it's a liability during the playoffs.

    It's interesting that Budenholzer is going to coach the Bucks. Great hire, but I happen to believe changes will be coming to Milwaukee's roster. They have the pieces and will make some moves to have a better, more balanced roster surrounding Giannis next season.
     

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