ciueli wrote: HeadtopChunes wrote:
It really wouldn't solve our SF problem. Harris is by far a better fit at the SG position. Too undersized for the SF position.
Gary Harris is 6’2 he’s not solving our SF problem lol
The interesting Harris is Tobias Harris.
A Kyle Lowry Tobias Harris swap could potentially work for both teams.
But that contract gives me serious pause
This was about the only trade I could think of that made sense, Kyle for Tobias Harris. Kyle is a Philly guy so he can't complain about being traded to a team trying to win a championship. A starting lineup of Embiid, Horford, Simmons, Richardson, and Lowry is better than what they have now, IMO.
Does it make sense for the Raptors? Hard to say, it gives us a really nice set of forwards to build around, but Harris has a lot of long term money coming to him that kills off the (admittedly unlikely) possibility of getting Giannis + Bradley Beal in 2021. If we come out of 2021 with no big name added to the team, where do we go from there? Tank and be a terrible team for the next decade while we rebuild?
See here's the thing with this picture..
We could very well have all the capspace in the world and not end up with Giannis OR Beal! This is a very realistic outcome that all Toronto fans should prepare themselves for.
However, it doesn't mean we don't at least try. But we have to be careful how we go about it.
Ideally, I would stay away from expensive deals that go beyond 2021 UNLESS that deal is going to be coming with a worthwhile asset (i.e a very solid young player and/or high FRPs). Other than that, our first priority is squeezing as much value out of Gasol and Ibaka as possible. This is good for them too. This team isn't going to win anything this year so moving them to a situation where they can compete for a title might be in the best interest of all involved parties. So, teams like the Lakers, Celtics, Trailblazers and Nets are all potential suitors who can offer assets worth our while to trade.
If we can move them, get young assets in return and not have to take on contacts that exceed 2 years, we can grow those young guys during the two years we wait for Beal and Giannis to become FA's. Then in 2021 we make our pitch. If it works, great. If it doesn't, we still have our young guys that are probably on rookie deals or early into their first big contracts. Productive, easy to move. Worse case scenario - we have a young team to pitch to potential FA's that are signed long term or on controllable deals to use to build around them.
The only thing is these guys are expiring deals and the whole NBA knows. The longer we wait to make a deal is the less we'll get back in a trade. Teams might want to see what they have first before making and deals but around that 20 game point in the season, you want to start quietly investigating what you can get for these guys.