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.

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  • Slap Dog Hoops

    I’m glad the Raps did not trade Bargnarni. I doubt they would have gotten fair market value for him, anyways by the trade deadline. Love him or hate him, we all have to agree that Bargnarni is a valuable commodity–a seven footer w/ soft hands, capable of creating his shot almost anywhere on the court and can provide 15 to 20 points per game. The Raptors would not have gotten equal value for Bargs, that’s for sure.

    The trade for Telfair was a very good move in the case of Byan Colangelo as it resembles both deals that brought in Kyle Lowry and Rudy Gay. Like the those two previous deal, BryCo got a solid quality player by giving little if anything at all. He did not give much when it came to Kyle Lowry, and he lucked outonly having to give Jose Calderon and Ed Davis for a bonafide All Star in Rudy Gay. This time he gave up a player who would have never played and a second round pick that may or may not amount to anything for a solid point guard who is still rather young in Telfair.

    This has certainly been a great year for the Raotirs in terms of deals and trade. That’s for sure. Can;t wait on what will happen once the off season arrives.

    • Newmarket_Brian

      Hi Jeffrey: I’m looking forward to seeing Telfair at the ACC Monday night against the Wiz. Whether he gets any burn is hard to know, but we can hope.
      I don’t know what to think about AB. He’s really struggling with his shot, but since he doesn’t get the ball much any more, he’s seldom in rhythm.
      We would all love to see him return next year, refreshed and determined to reclaim his status as a key member of our team.
      Thanks for stopping by.