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Originally Posted by DirtyDion03 View Post
I'd love for the Raps to grab either Knight or Leonard. I think Leonard is exactly what the Raps have been missing offensively. He's that slasher on the wing, he has long arms and he's getting comparisons to Gerald Wallace. I've read that a few people have said a lot of Vesley's baskets are broken plays and just hustle plays. Leonard is likely more ready to play in the big league, and I think Leonard's ceiling is higher then Vesley's, but Vesley's size is quite intriguing at SF, he is also signed until 2013, so we won't see him unless we buy him out..
I've heard the opposite regarding ceilings. That Vesley is such a ridiculous athlete that he has the higher ceiling compared to Leonard. There are supposedly questions about Leonard's overall quickness and athleticism beyond being a good leaper, and that he lacks range in his shooting, which might be a problem considering he's not really that big or that quick.

Oh well. We'll se in a couple of weeks what happens.


In other news:

-Brandon Knight is apparently hurting his draft stock by refusing workouts against competition. Word is that there's an invitation for him to join a batch of other PG prospects including Kemba Walker and Jimmer Fredette at an open workout for Utah (his supposedly likely destination at #3 overall) but that he's not committed to it. Knight has apparently also manipulated the timing of his workouts so that when he does show up at a gym for drills and one-on-ones, he matches up against a weaker opponent (for example, he miraculously showed up at the ACC just as Kemba Walker was finishing up, even though it was thought that the workouts were supposed to be timed so that the two could go head-to-head)

-There's also this article titled "Raptors Pick: Deal it or Keep it?" but really it should be titled "who to pick at 5 and by the way, Sr. scouting director Jim Kelly really likes Brandon Knight"

http://www.hoopsworld.com/Story.asp?story_id=20073

the ticker on The Score had a report that Leandro Barbosa is (according to his brother) exploring the possibility of turning down his $7.6m player option for next year and playing ball in Brazil instead. Seems like lunacy though.

There also appears to be a blog entry from Hoopshype on this:

http://blogs.hoopshype.com/blogs/sie...urn-an-option/

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