Feb 20, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors forward-center Andrea Bargnani (7) looks to pass against the Memphis Grizzlies at the Air Canada Centre. Memphis defeated Toronto 88-82. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Trade Deadline Day: The Raptors stand (virtually) pat

This is a Raptors’ blog, so I won’t be spending much time analyzing trades by other teams. There are excellent wrapups available here and here.

Several analysts have criticized the Raps’ trade of Hamed Haddadi for Sebastian Telfair, because a second-round draft pick was thrown in. While I concur in theory that a second-rounder can prove valuable, I don’t understand what the Raps were supposed to do otherwise. Is a second-rounder really so important as to kibosh this deal? The need for insurance at the point guard spot has been glaringly obvious since Jose Calderon’s departure. We allow a veteran with lots of tread left on his tires a 27-game tryout (plus playoffs?), while protecting ourselves against a Kyle Lowry or John Lucas injury. We give up a player with no future on our team, plus a low second-rounder, and the financial impact is minuscule. I do this deal every day.

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

Andrea Bargnani is still a Rap. None of the deals I put forward, and on which many of you were good enough to Like and/or comment, were consummated. I’m neither disappointed nor surprised. The number of NBA deals proposed surely outnumbers those actually finalized by orders of magnitude. I’ve also taken the position that the most likely deal is in the future, i.e., AB & Landry Fields for the Lakers’ Pau Gasol.

The Trade Deadline Day just passed was more exciting than watching a tree grow its annual ring, but not by much. J.J. Redick was the biggest name to be moved – how sad is that? I believe many NBA General Managers, bewildered by the complexities and luxury-tax penalties in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, are waiting until the off-season before making any moves. I’m going on record with the prediction that this summer will produce enormous upheaval in NBA rosters, to a degree we’ve never seen before. After the playoffs are complete, and the Sacramento-or-Seattle decision is finalized, I will examine this topic in much greater detail.

Brian Boake is a co-editor 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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