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On hating the Ed Davis and Jose Calderon for Rudy Gay trade

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I hate this trade. Hate it, hate it, hate it. It’s hard for me to see this as anything but straight-up cynicism, scrambling by Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo to save his job, gambling the team’s future and what they’ve been rebuilding towards to make them just a little better at the present and throwing everything this season’s been – good, bad and otherwise – to the winds so maybe he gets a one-year deal.

I hate this trade. Let’s run through some of them.

I hate it from what Toronto’s giving up: Jose Calderon, the starting point of the recent past, someone who’s been traded and un-traded many times, who’s had everyone from Kyle Lowry to TJ Ford brought in to supplant him as starter and outlasted them all. Someone who’s never once publicly complained about the way he’s been treated or about the way the Raptors have stunk for most of his time here. He’s a fan favourite, even going back to the old days when Chuck Swirsky was at the mic. I’ll miss seeing him chuck up a three, hitting it and holding up three fingers on each hand.

I don’t like this trade in the way it’s throwing the rebuild to the winds. Whatever happened to the concept of The Young Gunz? Remember those? That was the youth core of Davis, DeMar DeRozan, Terrence Ross and Jonas Valanciunas (and maybe Amir Johnson, too). It’s supposed to be the core of this rebuilding Raptors team: the group that’s supposed to make them a playoff team in a few seasons. It’s supposed to be the end result of all those post-Bosh years in the gutter. And what happens now? Toronto’s blown it up and gone for a win-now approach. Let’s hope they can actually make the playoffs this year.

I don’t like this trade in what it does on the Bargnani front, either. If Toronto was going to move him, they’d have to package something else in with him; it’s hard to imagine a team just willing to take him on. Calderon was the best hopes of that: a big deal, but an expiring one, attractive for a team looking to rebuild right away (and not be bogged down by Bargnani’s contract). What happens now? If Toronto wants to move Bargnani, they’ll have to package him with another part of their youth movement. The best-case scenario here now is the guy with a 0.003 Win Shares per 48 is playing 25, 30 minutes per night.

I don’t like this trade in what Toronto is getting now. Rudy Gay is 26 and trending down. His points-per-game has dropped steadily over the past three seasons. So have his shooting numbers and WS/48. His PER this season is 14.3, the lowest since his rookie season. No wonder he’s available. And he only cost Toronto two of their four most valuable players, too!

I don’t like this trade in how blatantly it’s a move by Bryan Colangelo to make himself relevant again as Toronto’s GM.  Since he came to Toronto, they’ve made the postseason twice and finished above .500 twice. His time has seen Toronto’s lone superstar – Chris Bosh – depart for almost nothing and his choice for a franchise player is the bust of his draft class. Going by SRS alone, two of Toronto’s five worst seasons have come in Colangelo’s tenure. And they’re the two previous years, too. Obviously he’s not trending upward. His deal is up at the end of this season. It’s not hard to imagine that if Toronto can squeak into the postseason – a tall feat since they can barely get past bottom dwelling teams like Orlando, Cleveland or Philadelphia – maybe he’ll get a small extension. Maybe. Hope it’s worth it!

There are other things to hate here: Toronto gets worse, but they don’t have a draft pick this season (they let it go in a trade this summer, remember?). It messes up their starting rotation and means John Lucas III playing behind Kyle Lowry (although Lucas has a better WS/48 than Bargnani).

What do I like about this trade? Well, I guess it’s nice to see people talking about Toronto.

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Written by M.

January 30, 2013 at 8:16 pm

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  1. […] been a while since I weighed in on the Rudy Gay trade and I’ve had time to give it sober second thought. And after a surprising win over Indiana […]


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