Raptors Looking to Keep Bosh, are Trade Buyers not Sellers
According to Chad Ford of ESPN, the Toronto Raptors are buyers this off-season and not sellers as many in Toronto and those around the league may have thought.
According to his conversations the Raptors are among the most aggressive teams in the league as far as pursuing deals and: have the framework of a deal in place to ship Turkoglu (team unnamed); are looking for a 2nd pick in the 20′s; are looking to make deals before July 1st in a last ditch effort to retain Bosh.
Now for some quotes and thoughts on Chad Ford’s article:
“The past few weeks I’ve been calling around to every team in the league gathering draft info. Out of all those conversations, one thing that is becoming clear: The Raptors have been the most aggressive team in the league this summer in seeking out all sorts of trades. At this point it’s conceivable that the team could end up trading three of its five starters this summer.”
These comments are in line with the buzz around Toronto, as by opening day we may have jettisoned Chris Bosh via sign-and-trade, Hedo Turkoglu and either Jarrett Jack or Jose Calderon. Of course most in Toronto would prefer if that number is only two, minus Bosh of course, but the onus is on Colangelo to convince Bosh to stay.
Chad Ford goes on to say:
“according to a Raptors source, they are attempting to clean house now to show him they can surround him with a more competitive team.”
As Chris Bosh said in his end of season press conference, the Raptors are not out of the running to retain his services, but there will have to be moves made to make the team more competitive. He singled out backcourt help as the most critical and influential area of need he was looking for the team to address.
He also verifies some welcomed news for Raptor fans:
“The same source told me that a Turkoglu trade was already in the works and could happen by the draft.”
Joy to the world…., hopefully is not the rumoured Nocioni deal, but any deal that gets us out from under that contract would likely be welcomed with open arms from most in Toronto. If it happens by the draft the Raptors may look to address the wing in the draft with either Avery Bradley, Paul George or Xavier Henry. And perhaps look for a big later in the draft:
Chad Ford on the Raptors conversations regarding acquiring a second 1st round pick:
“At the same time, the Raptors appear to be closing in on a trade for an additional first-round pick. Colangelo has called every team with multiple picks looking for something in the 20s, according to sources. He’s offering cash (the team can pay up to $3 million for a pick) to any team that doesn’t want to make a three-year commitment to a late first rounder. A few teams, including the Thunder and Nets, have said no. But teams with multiple first-round picks (like the Grizzlies) or teams trying to save cash or a luxury tax hit (see the Orlando Magic) are in Colangelo’s sights.”
This will be a key acquisition for the Raptors franchise as this pick will likely be spent on a big or a point guard, likely someone the Raptors covet and have in their future plans. Players like Daniel Orton, Hassan Whiteside, Armon Johnson Willie Warren, Larry Sanders and Solomon Alabi are expected to possibly be available into the 20′s if not reached for earlier in the draft. The fact they are likely no longer targeting a big at #13 is due to, as per Chad Ford:
“….the Raptors believe that they’ll get a big in any sign-and-trade for Bosh, so team need isn’t limiting their options in the draft right now. Later this week the Raptors will look at potential replacements for all both positions. They’ll have Eric Bledsoe, Paul George and Xavier Henry in for a workouts. All three players are in the mix at 13. Avery Bradley was also scheduled to be in the workout but an ankle sprain forced him to cancel the workout. Sources say Bradley may be the Raptors pick at No. 13 if none of the Top 10 players in the draft slip.”
It is interesting to note that Avery Bradley is the only player they were interested in seeing again possibly indicating their strong interest in him as has been rumoured since our friends at Raptors Republic first suggested he may be the Raptors target at #13. We can also reason that the Raptors attempts to move up in the draft have failed and that we have resigned to take the best player available regardless of position at #13, something that should of, been the strategy all along. If Bradley did not suffer the ankle sprain this workout would likely go a long way in helping decide the Raptors choice on June 24th. Regardless of his absence this will be a key workout heading to the lottery. Hassan Whiteside and Solomon Alabi are also expected to be in Toronto for workout early this week (no info on dates as of writing). Xavier Henry, Paul George and Eric Bledsoe fall into the likely best player available category when it is the Raptors turn to pick at #13, while Hassan Whiteside may also be in the mix due to his high upside.
All in all the article put out by Chad Ford was littered with good news for Raptor fans. From trading cash for picks, to having a potential Hedo deal being worked out, to making an effort to keep Bosh, there is reason for some optimism in a summer filled with uncertainty.