Same script different cast. Not just the name of one of my favorite Whitney Houston songs, but I am reminded again of how bad a GM Bryan Colangelo is. Another year where he tries to save his job, another young player sacrificed for a feeble attempt to improve the team by adding an overrated player, with a bloated salary. This will be my first and last basketball post on this blog, but I felt compelled to post about this terrible trade. Most of you know how much I care about the Raptors. I have suffered from over a decade of basketball ineptitude. When Colangelo was hired after Rob Babcock ruined this team, I along with many others were elated. Finally an executive who not only has a terrific pedigree, but some one who knows how to draft and develop talent. Sadly that has not been the case. We know how bad a pick Andrea Bargnani turned out to be. Fine, bad drafts happen. What irks me is the constant change in vision. To go from rebuilding, to playing push, to contender push to rebuilding…you get the drift. The trading of drafts picks and for older players. Remember the Jermain O’Neal trade? The pick we gave up ended up being Roy Hibbert. Then we traded him to Shawn Marion which was a total bust. We went after Hedo which did not work and failed terribly. There have been so many other terrible moves. The trade for Rudy Gay is no different. He is a terrible fit with DeMar DeRozan. Both players are mediocre shooters who do not make their teammates better, nor do they defend their position well. Gay also makes $15 million this year and above $16 million 3 years following this one. Only elite players should make that much coin and considering Gay is an inferior player to even Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol and Tony Allen, his former teammates, to say he is elite is pure blasphemy. This is another case of Colangelo knowing that his contract is up and making another last ditch effort to save his job by sneaking into the playoffs, getting an 8th seed and being blown out in 4 games. Oh wait, we have not made the playoffs since 2007. The worst part in all of this? The Raptors may be a luxury tax team next year despite still be at best a 9th or 10th seed in a depleted Eastern Conference.
If I am proven wrong, I will be the first to admit it. Ultimately the Raptors success trumps being right, but given Colangelo’s track record and how bad the Raptors luck has been, I have a hard time believing this deal turns out in Toronto’s favor. Ed Davis is going to step into a great unit and be close to a double double player. Jose Calderon will be missed. No Toronto athlete of this recent time, apart from the Raptors’ Amir Johnson, has embraced the city like Jose Calderon has and I commend him on being a professional about the entire situation. If there is one player in the league I do hope wins a ring, It is Jose.