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02-15-2012, 05:32 PM
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Raptors could be active at deadline

It's also worth remembering that the team knows that they have Jonas Valanciunas coming over next year, and whether he starts or not, he'll be eating up lots of frontcourt minutes, and that in certain situations, Aaron Gray is going to play (if the team does the wise thing and re-signs him this summer) because his size and tenacity are simply called for in certain matchups. That means that the clock is ticking for Amir Johnson or Ed Davis in Toronto, it's just a matter of numbers, and this trade deadline may bring a swift resolution to that position.
The power forward slot, though, is not the only area that could be shaken up in the month to come. Colangelo has made no secret of the fact that Leandro Barbosa is an attractive asset to contending teams, as his scoring punch off of the bench basically slides into any situation, and his expiring contract makes him doubly attractive to potential suitors. In trying to trade Barbosa, though, the Raptors are going to have to ward off the belief that they'll simply release the guard if no trade can be consummated by the deadline. If teams believe that they can just work to secure him as a free agent, they may not entertain the thought of parting with an asset to get him to their club.

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