- Valanciunas will be here. While he won't immediately get big minutes, he definitely will be seeing some playing time.
- As long as Colangelo is here, Bargnani will be here too. It seems like the Raptors are doing everything possible to not have him play C. This is evident in that they actually give Magloire and Gray minutes. I do like Aaron Gray though and like I said in before the season started, he will get minutes and look like a decent backup C.
- I think the Raptors will do everything they can to make the playoffs next year. So keeping the experienced Amir instead of giving Davis time to develop makes sense if that is your goal. Colangelo will be scrambling to extend his time in Toronto.
Valanciunas, Bargnani, Amir, and Gray (I think he'll be re-signed) doesn't leave many minutes for Davis. No point in having a young player like that stagnate on the bench. Traded.
Even though he clearly hasn't played too well this year, I think the Raptors have totally mishandled him thus far. In a season where the playoffs are a pipe-dream and Bargnani goes down with an injury, you'd think this would be the ideal time to throw him out there and see what you have in him. He's actually averaging less minutes per game than he was last year.
All that is under the assumption that the Raptors don't win the #1 pick and take an SF or SG like MKG, Barnes or Lamb. Of course if they win the 1st pick they take Anthony Davis and Ed can start packing his bags immediately after the lottery.
I expect Ed Davis is going to be packaged around the draft with our first to move up for Anthony Davis.
Unfortunately I don't see any other lottery team accepting such a deal. None of the high lottery teams are locked in with a star PF so they could all use A. Davis. Then you have guys like Monroe and Biyombo who could start at C with Davis at PF. I was thinking maybe Minnesota if they miraculously won the lottery but I think they owe their pick to New Orleans, right?
I can't see a single team trading the #1 pick this year.
I do think he's getting traded as well. Whats been bothering me recently are his hands. Butter fingers! I don't remember him being that bad with the ball last year, but his development has been a mess thus far...
Also, just like to point out, I think one of Ed Davis or Amir Johnson is going to be traded this off season regardless of our draft pick. With Val coming over, there's only so many minutes that can be distributed...
I think you have to consider the situation this year to understand ed's lack of development. Because of the lockout he wasn't able to train properly with the help of the organization. Because there was no real training camp he wasn't able to learn from the coaching staff in advance of the season. Lastly because the team hardly ever practices, given the lack of down time during the season, he hasn't had an opportunity to learn from the coaching staff at all.
Personally I think it is a really bad season to evaluate ed's potential. I have been pretty unimpressed with Amir this season as well and he doesn't have the same excuses. If one of them has to go I'd rather try to move Amir. I personally prefer a 3 man rotation of Val, Bargs and Ed. Of course, if we somehow land Anthony Davis or even Andre Drummond than I would re-evluate that stance.
Neither has Derozan and he keeps getting shoved out there. Why? Because they realize he is young and they want to see what they have in him. Ed Davis should be given that same chance.
Must be something the coaching staff sees that we dont. Hes young so its understandable that he could not be having the best practices. Cant help that hes been inconsistent, but there are things that worry me about him.