Originally Posted by Toni
Not huge on Valenciunas. He`s going to need a lot of work.
I would rather take a gamble on Walker, Knight, Jones etc..
<draft most talented player>
Under heading of <draft most talent player> - he is likely a 4/5 (4s from NCAA - the 5's from Euroleague) based on projected scouting rankings. I am thinking that this is the opportunity to flip the pick for Knight or Walker and cash.
We dont need a big man "project" that is 3-4 years from contributing.
We need to add talented position players to jump strongly into the learning curve with Davis/Derozan/Johnson/ and maybe Bayliss. Keep these young guyz happy wanting to stay in Toronto as a core.
As to keeping Jose - yes I am all fine with keeping Jose. it would be great - fine ; so long as he understands his new role is "off the bench" and "mentoring" a new young drafted PG.
Jose still has 3 good years in him in my mind. He can definetely help out many teams....
...But not the Raptors if we are committed to youth and rebuilding ; we need the young team to learn to play together and not have to make up for Jose getting beat off the dribble and drive or pick and role.
I am 100% positive (depending on CAP and lockout) that the Lakers would love Jose to play minutes along side with Hunter. Jose and Gasol have a relationship... Jose would fit well in that team/offense. Even if the Lakers offered a draft pick back its win win both teams.