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Leandro Barbosa Traded to Pacers

15 March 2012 No Comment

Leandro Barbosa has been traded to the Indiana Pacers.

Barbosa had an expiring deal and was an asset the Raptors felt they could get something for before seeing him walk in free agency.

But a second round pick? From a playoff team?

I don’t get it.

Yes this is supposed to be one of the deeper drafts in recent memory, but one cannot help feeling that the Raptors who swore they may not make any deadline deals, just gave away a player in a move that feels like a salary dump.

Here is a Bryan Colangelo’s comments on the trade:

“#Raptors Colangelo: This trade underscores plan of maximizing salary cap flexibility, acquiring assets and developing our young players.”

I admit I am one of the biggest proponents of getting our young guys the maximum amount of minutes and suggested numerous times that we had to trade Leandro Barbosa and Jose Calderon, but this deal just feels wrong.

It feels like the Pacers violated us on this deal, in the worst way.

Should we have traded Barbosa?

Yes.

Moving Barbosa for some sort of asset in return was one of the deals Raptors brass needed to make.

Barbosa was on the wrong side of 30 and besides not figuring into our future plans, he was tying up minutes on the wings which could have went to help develop young talent like DeMar DeRozan, Jerryd Bayless and James Johnson.

It is hard to give up one of your most reliable scorers but when weighing that against stunting the development of your young players, a Barbosa deal had to be made.

Did we get enough?

Personally I am pretty shocked the Raptors could not find someone who was willing to give up a late first-round pick for Barbosa, but it is what it is.

We wont be able to accurately assess this deal until we make a move with the pick acquired from the Pacers.

The Pacers are actually nine games above .500 as of the writing of this article so the 2nd round pick is likely to be a guard.

All in all, this was not a great deal for the Raptors and Bryan Colangelo naysayers just got some new greasy fuel for their fire.

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