Bryan C – Don’t confuse motion with action

Photo courtesy of the Toronto Sun


On the Raps, the guards come and go/cursing at Colangelo…Apologies to T.S. Eliot for riff on “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”

BC, you’re giving me a headache.  We get Fields, who presumably will battle DeRozan for the starting job at the 2.  Kyle Lowry arrives from Houston for Gary Forbes and is anointed our starting Point Guard, without ever having stepped on the floor in a Raps uniform.  Jose Calderon, who’s been a trouper even in the darkest times, seems earmarked to be unceremoniously dumped using the amnesty provision.     Jerryd Bayless remains as the clearcut first guard off the bench.  But wait – BC decides to withdraw Bayless’ offer, so the mystified Jerryd can sign with anyone he likes.   Sonny Weems also gets tossed overboard.   (You couldn’t get something for their rights, BC?)  And we have an under-the-radar draft pick named Terrence Ross, who’s going to need some serious minutes at SG in order to develop, but won’t get them.

Are you confused yet?

The Raps now have no depth at PG, and a logjam at the SG spot.  All the speculation about how the arrival of  Fields allows DeMar to move to Small Forward misses one critical point: DD has never played there.  A starting 5 of Jonas V, Andrea, DeMar, Fields, & Lowry is greener than a pool table.  Every player is either new to the Raps, or to his position.  In a season where the Raps need to win in order to reconnect with their fans, this outfit could be 10-31 before they start to resemble a team.

I can’t countenance the idea that the Raps have roster room and money for Landry Fields, but none for Bayless.  The team has been patient with this guy, he looks like he’s returning to full health, he’s young, he can defend, he wants to be a Rap – and now he’s an UFA.  Aaron Gray, who’s a pylon, just accepted a Raps offer.  Linas (Everhurt) Kleiza has a multi-year contract.

Late last season, BC nearly broke his arm patting himself on the back for gaining a bauble called Financial Flexibility.  If this is what he’s going to do with his shiny new toy, maybe the grownups should take it away.



Topics: Bryan Colangelo, NBA Free Agency

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  • jimijames14

    This is just dumb. Bargnani played most of his minutes at the 4, so he’s obviously not new to his position.. And demar played a fair bit at the 3. Check before posting this crap

  • jimijames14

    This is a dumb article. Andrea played most of his minutes at the 4 last year so he’s obviously not new to his position. And demar played a fair bit at the 3. Check before posting this crap

  • JamesLang

    Fields played out of position last year.. He’s a 3.. Do your homework before writing these articles

  • Michaelis

    How did you get a job as a sports writer? Do your homework before you post.

    Calderon as an amnesty target?? Stupidest thing I’ve ever heard. He is an expiring contract… He will be the backup to Lowry thanks to Lowry’s defensive prowess giving the Raps a very strong PG tandem. Jose will either be traded to a contender near the deadline or will re-up with the Raps at a much lower salary and may be the first Raps lifer.

    Fields will play at the 3, not Demar who will remain at the 2…

    C: Valanciunas/Amir/Gray
    PF: Bargnani/Davis/Acy
    SF: Fields/JJ/Kleiza
    SG: Derozan/Ross
    PG: Lowry/Calderon/Uzoh?

    Oh and by the way Linas “Everhurt” Kleiza is the second highest scorer in the Olympic qualifying tournament right now… Looks like he might be healthy and actually give the Raps some positive minutes

  • Michaelis

    And while Bayless had decent individual numbers his lack of vision made every other player in the court with him worse. Good luck to Jerryd in Memphis, but he will not be missed much in TO

  • BrianBoake

     @Michaelis ”It is widely assumed in NBA front-office circles that the Raptors will amnesty Calderon and the $10.6 million he’s owed next season to maximize their cap flexibility.”  That’s a quote from Marc Stein, who’s a lot better connected that I am.  Or how about this “Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo [told] the media today that he plans to use the amnesty clause to get point guard Jose Calderon off the books, according to HOOPSWORLD’s Stephen Brotherston.”  
    Using amnesty on Calderon is hardly my idea, & I did my homework.
    As for Fields at the 2, that’s also not my idea, nor is DeRozan at the 3  ”DeRozan will see more time at small forward next season with the Raptors having drafted Terrence Ross, the Toronto Sun reports.”  

  • BrianBoake

     @JamesLang According to 82games, Fields played 35% of his PT at the 2, & 36% at 3.  In other words, he played both spots.  I’m not sure what you’re criticizing me for.

  • BrianBoake

     @jimijames14 According to 82games, Bargnani played 10% of the Raps’ minutes at the 4, and DeRozan played a little at the 3, so yes, I could have offered a caveat word like (almost) in front of new.    I don’t think that negates my point, which
    was that the entire likely starting 5 is virtually brand new, and that’s worrisome, to say the least.  

  • BrianBoake

     @Michaelis I hope you’re right about Linas.

  • jimijames14

    @BrianBoake you’re reading it wrong. 82games shows a percentage of total minutes, so bargnani played a total of 40% of the team minutes, and 10% of THOSE minutes at the 4. That’s actually 25% of his minutes, or 1/4 at the 4. In demar a case, he played close to a third of his minutes at the 3.. Which in my opinion is a fair bit. He’s certainly not new to it.

  • jtshoopsblog

     @Michaelis You’ll eat those word when Bayless becomes an All Star.

  • Michaelis

    @jtshoopsblog All-Star?? Haha never will happen, think of all of the PG’s in the league and ask yourself if you are being realistic… In the West alone young PG’s he would have to beat out would include: Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, Damian Lillard, Ricky Rubio, Stephen Curry and Austin Rivers… Not to mention the older obvious names like Tony Parker and Steve Nash… I like Bayless but he is no all-star in the NBA

  • BrianBoake

     @Michaelis  @jtshoopsblog I concur that Bayless is not an All-Star, nor likely to be one.  However, I think we’re going to miss him more than we realize.  BC says he’s trying to trade Jose.  So who’s our back-up point guard?

  • jtshoopsblog

     @Michaelis  @jtshoopsblog Just wait and see.  Bayless gave us a taste last season in a five game stretch where he started ahead of Calderon to the tune of 20 points and 8 assists per games with a 2 to 1 assist to turnover ratio.  If he does not get get All Star recognition, he will be recognized probably for most improved player.  And I’ll tell you this, he’ll certainly be FAR BETTER than Kyle Lowry