Getting back to the trade, everyone outside the T dot says we lost the deal - we have players like Anderson and deMar doing the same type of job, albeit with less flash with their names. Gay also has enormous contract and his owed like 18 mil over the next two seasons. Why sign deMar long-term if you are bringing in Gay?
Apparently BryCo has coveted Gay since the 2006 draft when he had to choose between him and Bargs. We all know how that went, but unless he becomes a 20/30ppg perennial all-star that all hoped he would become, this is another act of desperation of a GM trying to save his job.
Pretty pointles article. Not sure where the Leafs fit into this push to "Win-Now" article. Nothing the Leafs have done this season was a push to win now. Firing Burke was due to personality conflicts between him and the idiots who run the franchise. The fact that Nonis has not done something crazy like trade for Luongo in a desperate ploy to suddenly start winning demonstrates this. Aside from the firing the Leafs have yet to make any moves except to call up Marlies...hardly a win-now move. I don't where the Leafs fit into this article.
The Jays and Raptors are almost polar opposites. Jays have been patiently building up their prospect pool for years and suddenly decided to spend some of those future pieces in an all out effort to win it all...will be an interesting gamble to watch. The Raptors on the other hand feel like they have been making moves for the sake of making moves for years now in a desperate attempt to win the jackpot and actually land a star who plays well in TO. They never seem to hold onto their draft pieces and appear to be constantly stuck in a rut. The Raptors are no where near a contending team, nor do they have the assets to trade for the players necessary to become a contending team.
What's funny is that you will still find a lot of people here who wouldn't do that trade.
It's mostly due to the fact that we got rid of our primary power forward, and what we got in return was yet another overpaid wing. He's good, but still redundant. The trade would have looked a lot better if we didn't have Anderson, Fields or Kleiza on the team.
Also this trade doesn't signal a win-now for Toronto. It is just a trade for the sake of making a trade.
I don't see hoe this was win-now at the expense of the future. Davis is at best a great role player. Calderon was going anyways and we all knew that. This was a solid basketball deal to get us some talent
The sensible path for the Leafs is to show some patience, but there’s been no indication from MLSE ownership that Nonis has permission to do it nice and slow.
Nonis stated in several interviews around the time of his promotion that MLSE were 100% behind him taking the patient approach, and that they even specifically mentioned the strength of the upcoming draft.
Basic fact-checking. C'mon.
Last edited by Kyle Doobas*: 02-01-2013 at 02:36 PM.
What a tool Cox is. This is the same guy who suggested Kessel be trade because of an expiring contract, but is also against Calderone (on an expiring contract) being traded? I know Ed Davis was included in the trade, but the Raptors got a young talent coming back. However, you know Colangelo had to move Calderone because of his expiring contract, and if Ed Davis had to be in the deal for Rudy Gay, so be it.
A few quotes from the article had me chuckling and rolling my eyes:
...the Bell/Rogers unholy ownership alliance...
Cox had to borrow one of Bob McCowan's expressions -- "unholy alliance" -- because he couldn't come up with something original.
...although the rumbles of Phil Kessel leaving town aren’t just noise.