Originally Posted by Qwyjibo
...and then give you 3/18 shooting the next 2 nights.
He's a dumb and inefficient player who hasn't changed his game in 8 years now. Really, the only plus of his game is his playmaking ability at the 2-guard. Other than that he's not a good shooter, not a good decision maker and doesn't play defense. I don't see why going to the Raptors is going to magically change that.
I'd rather pay Delfino $4-5 million per and let him run wild at SG. Same crappy inefficient offense for the most part but with better D and rebounding and at half the price.
Crawford is better then anything we have right now at that position, and can contribute in various ways on offense.
The Raptors are already in preliminary talks to trade T.J. straight up for Jamal. So why not get the number 6 pick in the draft and unload some expiring contracts also?
It makes no sense not to do it. Not only could we get a rookie who could actually become something outside of a generic role player one day, but we would also have salary room to shop around with.
You also have to understand that Jamal has been stuck under a broken, pathetic system for the past few years. He could flourish on the Raptors. He is athletic, and extremely high energy as well.
With the 6th pick we could probably pick up Lopez, who would help us tremendously on defense at in the paint, and has the ability to become the second best Center in the East if developed correctly.
We could do that, or we could take trace T.J. Ford + 17th + expiring contracts for Eddie + 6th pick, and draft a guy like Joe Alexander, who we HOPE could develop into a better player then Jamal, but at the end of a day it's a bigger risk.
The fact of the matter is, it looks like T.J. is on his way to New York. NY has what we want and we have what they want. There are not many other teams in the NBA that need a quality PG willing to give up so much for so little.