With no first-round pick in upcoming draft Colangelo’s wizardry will be put to the test
Due to the Jermaine O’neal trade, the Toronto Raptors do not have a pick in the upcoming draft (goes to Miami), which means the Toronto Raptors and their returning players will have to look to Bryan Colangelo to make the most of the little cap space and assets we have to ensure we have a comfortable depth level next year as well.
The Good News
Marcus Banks, and his toxic contract, will become an expiring one and will become a piece that is put in play either during the off-season or during the 2010-2011 season, likely near the deadline, when his contract will be even more valuable.
Bryan Colangelo has intimated that MLSE may be willing to enter the luxury tax zone to remain competitive.
If and when we retain Bosh, we will have our entire core locked up long-term.
1st round picks have guaranteed contracts, and a prospect does not really help a team looking to playoffs and conference contention.
The Bad News
Key reserves Antoine Wright and Amir Johnson will both be coming off the books, and both will be looking for pay increases. Now this may not be feasible with the NBA proposing a hard cap and the salary cap expected to drop once again next year. Expect one or both to leave the team this summer looking for larger contracts. I would lobby to keep Amir, and to trade Wright before the deadline, if for no other reason, as to add another asset under contract, as Wright has been playing very well for the Raptors lately.
Developing another young, gifted player alongside Bargnani, Bosh and DeRozan may be necessary as Hedo will be 30+ next season and Calderon, though seen as a core piece for this team, has shown that he is not the answer for this franchise at the point guard position.
Once again in the good news department, as the title of this article suggests, Bryan Colangelo is indeed a wizard and Raptor nation can rest assured that we will be a competitor in the Eastern conference next year, no matter what happens.
What do you think Raptor fans??
Does not having a draft pick hurt us, or help us??
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