Jan 18, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (3) brings the ball up court during the second quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers defeated the Raptors 108-101 in OT. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Raptors-Celtics Trade Rumors: What Should Bryan Colangelo Do? (Part II)

Earlier today we traded Jose Calderon; now we’re going to move Kyle Lowry. All deals I propose are cleared by the Trade Machine before I drop them in a post.

[20 second timeout: There's much chatter about Memphis listening to Toronto pitches for swingman Rudy Gay. If I were Grizzlies CEO Mark Levien, I'd be asking myself why I'm bothering with the idea of dealing one of the core players of a 29-15 team. What could the 16-29 Raps send to Memphis that would make the Grizzlies better than what Gay already provides? We'll look at this another day, if the rumor continues to have "legs".]

A simple swap of Kyle for Brandon Bass works financially, but giving away a proven point guard for an undistinguished power forward would be madness. Hang up the phone.

Dec 21, 2012; Toronto, ON, Canada; Toronto Raptors guard John Lucas III (5) makes a move against the Orlando Magic at the Air Canada Centre. The Raptors beat the Magic 93-90. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Here’s a massive deal that’s legitimate: trade Kyle and Landry Fields for Sullinger, Jeff Green, Fab Melo and Leandro Barbosa. Our front court suddenly is one of the youngest and deepest in the NBA, while our wings and back court suffer. This is a white-flag trade, meaning we’re surrendering any serious chance of sneaking into the playoffs this season. The team would be too unbalanced to contend. However, Toronto General Manager Bryan Colangelo and coach Dwayne Casey would have the luxury of extended tryouts for next year’s Toronto Raptors. If the trade was done with time remaining before the trade deadline, BC could deal from strength for immediate swingman help from teams needing bigs for the playoffs. Make the deal.

Finally, mull this quiet trade: John Lucas III to Boston for Sullinger. The Celtics are talking bravely about how Avery Bradley is ready for his close-up as the team’s starting point guard. Fine, here’s a veteran backup for you – we’ll take your rookie. I have grave doubts about Boston General Manager Danny Ainge even continuing a conversation with BC after hearing this proposition. “Wait – you want me to take an undersized aging career backup point-guard-in-name-only, in exchange for a highly regarded rookie big man? Sure, Bryan, I was hoping to get fired anyway…just pitching this crazy deal to my owner will trigger it, and I’ll get a fat severance.” I understand there’s no chance of this one passing the laugh test, but you’ve got to start somewhere. Perhaps Ainge will grow to like the idea of Lucas as his backup, and a multi-player deal can be built out from there. For example, package Fields and Aaron Gray with Lucas, and a swap for Jeff Green and Leandro Barbosa clears the bar.

BC must make it clear that there’s no deal possible without either Green or Sullinger coming to Toronto. Ainge  badly needs to make a trade for a point guard. The Raptors have no need to deal at all, which puts BC in the power seat.

You will note I’ve shied away from packaging Andrea Bargnani in any deal. I don’t think there’s a GM in the league who will touch him with a barge pole until he returns from injury and shows he can still shoot. Even then he may be persona non grata.

I’ve also not bothered with bringing in third teams. While such deals do happen, they’re rarer than an Aaron Gray 3-pointer.

A few threads relevant to trade talk I’m going to explore over the next week or so:

  • If we keep Jose Calderon past the trade deadline, is he likely to re-sign with the Raps?
  • Does BC still have enough credibility left with the new masters of MLSE to get any trade approved, or is he a lame duck?

Do you like any of the deals I’ve proposed? Do you have any interesting trades you’d like to put forward? By all means, include a third team if you like.  Drop us a comment.

Brian Boake is a staff writer for Raptors Rapture. “Like” Raptors Rapture on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @RaptorsRapture for all the latest news and updates about the best damn NBA team from Canada.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.gaudreau.37 Michael Gaudreau

    What about this Brian. Considering the season is virtually at a loss, Even with a trade the raptors are in tough, And will surely see a first round exit. Trade Lowry to boston for a first round pick and as little as possible, But preferrably a guard or player with an expiring contract in return. Then flip calderon and preferably bargs and a second to the Lakers for Gasol and Blake, If That leaves them short in the backcourt pick up the best option from overseas or the D league to finish out the season. Flip Anderson and a second, Or third for a first. When Gasol comes aboard, Let him rest his Knees, Surgery whatever he needs, While mentoring Big V and the other Bigs. With the two first round picks acquired, Chase a game ready guard, And whatever else available. Do our best to woo Calderon back in the off season to work with the young guard from the draft. If all works out ,We dont lose any youth, Our frontcourt would finally have a big that could compete with the best, And our backcourt could virtually be better if calderon or suitable replacement comes back.!!!!!!

    • Newmarket_Brian

      Hi Michael: Good to have you back & commenting. Your plan is ambitious, with a lot of moving parts. I like several elements: Gasol as mentor is worthy of consideration (he can still play, too). Wooing Calderon for another season or two is something I’m definitely in favour of. Trading for draft picks is questionable, primarily because this draft class doesn’t appear to be very exciting.
      I may add another comment later; I’m going to ponder your plan some more.

  • oshan

    Some raptors fans should be fired along with BC period. Who needs Gasol for gods sake and bunch of euro players. Don’t you ever trade Davis or Amir Johnson

  • Newmarket_Brian

    Oshan: That’s harsh – Calderon is a Euro, and the Raps sure need him. Gasol’s contract is probably too top-heavy for BC to take on, but he’s still a superb player.
    I agree about not trading Ed or Amir, and don’t understand why Ed’s name is being tossed around in the Gay deal (assuming there is one). We’ve waited for Ed, and he’s arrived – why would we dump him?
    I’d be interested in your alternative deals. As for dumping BC; I’ll have a lengthy post, or a 2-parter, on him soon.

  • woof

    this is absurd? seriously? BRANDON BASS??? you consider yourself a playoff team yet you want a undersized PF? there are tons of PF who are 6″10-11, we need more defense, rebound and can finish inside. This is article is a joke.

    • Newmarket_Brian

      woof: Just because a deal is theoretically possible doesn’t mean I’m advocating it. In fact, you’ll see I wrote: “hang up the phone” as my thought on the acquisition of Bass.
      Let me repeat “BC must make it clear that there’s no deal possible without either Green or Sullinger coming to Toronto.”

      Did you read the entire post?

  • Slap Dog Hoops

    The Raptors are no way near reaching the playoffs as it will take them winning ten straight just to reach .500 and I doubt that it will happen. It’s best for BC to hold on pulling the trigger on any major deals until the season ends. At that time, he will have an idea where the Raptors stand and where they will will be situated in the lottery and the potential leverage it will bring. It;s simply not worth it to make a mid season move if it will not have immediate impact in terms of making a run for the post season.