I’ve been scratching my head over the number of Raps fans who are looking forward to a major roster revamp before next season. The blogosphere is replete with “let’s trade Bargnani/DeRozan/Calderon/three assistant coaches/Bryan Colangelo’s cat…” OK, maybe not those last two. Anyway, I need to register my dismay at the idea of immediate trades, and here’s why.
After Bosh left town, BC went to his corporate masters, and then the fans, with a request for patience. His idea was that the Raps needed to rebuild through the draft, and we’d have to suffer some lean years while the draftees found their footing in the NBA. Given the paucity of other options, his notion was generally accepted. Fast forward to now – where are we? We’re not happy that none of the kids (DeRozan, Ed Davis, Bargnani) has emerged as a star, but none has flamed out either, a la Rafael Araujo. The team has a coach everyone believes in. New players will include a stud centre on his way over, our first-round draft pick, plus 2 second-rounders. What we need more than anything next season is health. Bayless, Bargnani & Calderon all being out of the lineup simultaneously will never happen again, touch wood.
This NBA season was compressed beyond all reason, and injured players were the inevitable result. The Raps need a proper off-season. Some players need rest, some need Summer League, after which all need a serious training camp. There’s time enough then to do the evaluations, watch how our latest kids interact with the young veterans, and make some decisions.
I’m not anti-trade. There are players I’d be happy to throw overboard. Nor am I anti-free agency, a topic I’ll deal with in future. However, I am anti-trade NOW. We’ve been patient; the kids are growing up, and are all right, for the most part. Don’t pour the wine before its time.