Bassman wrote:LofJ wrote:The Raptors wanted Batum in the summer of 2016.
I wonder if they'd be interested in trading Ibaka for him? Mitch would probably have to provide incentive for the extra year, but depending on how Monk and/or Bacon look I think it would be worth considering including one of them just to get Batum out of Charlotte.
Don’t know what Ibaka has left in the tank but he’d be an upgrade on sheer attitude alone. I’d love to do this if it was a straight trade. No giving away picks to just get dead expensive weight outta town.
There aren't any big fish UFAs to sign next summer, so the Raptors would likely be interested in rolling over some of their cap space for an additional year. The question then becomes what would Mitch be willing to give up to move Batum. At the very least I think we would have to offer to include Monk or Bacon and/or the Cleveland 2nd.
I'd offer them Batum, Monk/Bacon, and the Cleveland 2nd for Ibaka and their 2020 1st. And if they don't want to do the pick swap I'd still consider it because the best players in the 2020 draft are guards. Moving Batum and Monk/Bacon would open up playing time for whoever we draft next summer as well as Bridges and Washington.