Originally Posted by Myth
Whether the Blazers keep Raef or had Rasho, the Blazers will let the 3rd string center walk after next season. If it were just a matter between those two guys, I'd rather have Raef's contract go off the books at the end of next season so we get $12.7M off the books rather than $8.4M. Neither one of them are really desirable for the future of the team. I'd rather bring in fresh legs to train as the 3rd string. Maybe after next season, it will finally be time for us to bring Joel Freeland over.
I understand. From a Raptors perspective,though, they would be trading away somebody who started 39 games for them, provides leadership to the younger players, has a championship ring and late in the season, particularly after Bosh got injured, was one of their key weapons offensively. But from a Portland standpoint, I can understand wanting another big man with an expiring contract.