Originally Posted by Legends66NBA7
Raptors drafted him and traded his rights for O'Neal is what I meant.
And no, I don't mean the money we wasted on middling players on the wrong end of their career like Nash and Hedo. And I don't mean wasting money on guys like Fields.
Guys like Durant, Melo, Westbrook, etc... those are the guys the Raptors need to make an actual attempt at signing those type of players. perennial All-NBA and all star level players, just like what the Lakers and Heat have done over the years.
Obviously, we've had history where we messed up in free agency too, but that's why I want the ownership and management to dictate that. I would hope we don't sign a guyslike Joe Johnson or Amare Stoudemire of for the max deals they got.
Also, I don't think Parker is a franchise player, that's still Duncan even if he is 38 years old. The Spurs go as far as Duncan holds the frontline. Parker's more of a product of the right system, but maybe he could put up big numbers on a bad team to seem that he's a franchise player ? Andrew Bynum would have been a franchise player IMO if he didn't have those knee injuries.
So our draft history sucks so we shouldn't try to get attempt to get a top 5 pick? And we should try the FA route, which we've sucked as well? Need I remind you we only have had one top 5 draft pick since 2006.
Those are just examples of average players refusing to sign with Toronto or signing for lots of money. Average players, that aren't even allstars or superstars.
I just don't believe that any star free agent will sign with Toronto, regardless of the cap space we have. We have trouble keeping our own stars, how do we expect to land stars. I think stars want the spotlight and with salaries maxing out at 20 million why not go to some place like New York, Brooklyn, Miami, LA (2 teams), heck even Golden State when they move to SF. Those places are nice and warm, and they probably will get a lot endorsements as well.
Guys like Howard (choosing a better roster) and Deron Williams (money and location) wouldn't sign on the Mav's roster with Dirk. You can't expect them to sign on a depleted roster like the Raps. It would be unwise of the Raps to expect to get a Russ or Durant from FA, they would just be left with average players like Fields and Hedo in the end.
Guys don't just want the money, they want the money and wins. They're superstars not overpaid all-stars.