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Old Posted Jul 18, 2018, 8:17 PM
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As suburbanite said, this is probably a one season kick at the can and then blow up the roster, although it could also be an interim move for Leonard to ship him somewhere else for a rebuild.

Completely agreed on the doing nothing to attract people to play for the current management.
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What would they have to do to get a #1 draft pick (RJ Barrett) in 2019?
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Old Posted Jul 18, 2018, 8:35 PM
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The lottery has made tanking too unpredictable. Would have to trade away a ton of assets to whoever gets 1st pick.
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Some action from the FIBA 3X3 World maters tour in Saskatoon this weekend. I believe that is Winnipeg (in black) against Princeton, NJ. Winnipeg squeaked out a 1 point victory in this one.



Interesting event and a nice setting. There were teams from 6 countries: Canada (4), Serbia (3), USA (2), Bosnia, Latvia and Mongolia. Games are 10 minutes (or until some hits 21). 12 second shot clock. I thought the play was generally quite sloppy and very physical. Tons of air balls (although the breeze may have been a factor in a few cases). There were also number of impressive inside moves.

In any case it will be an Olympic event in 2020.
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From a purely utilitarian standpoint, I think it's a fantastic trade. A starting 5 of Lowry, Kawhi, OG, Green, and Valanciunas is legit. There is an emotional part of the equation though. Derozan is the first star to actually give his heart and soul to the city and commit to playing his entire career here. To pull this off soon after they allegedly promised not to trade him is really not a good look for the front office. Players are already calling them out on Twitter, and for an organization that has always had trouble attracting free agents, it's a questionable decision.
Masai Ujiri is an utter genius, and this is a master stroke. If healthy (big if, I know), Kawhi Leonard is the fourth best player in the league. Toronto has never had a player anywhere near Leonard's ability in its history.

NBA finals MVP once. Defensive player of the year twice. Just turned twenty-seven years of age. Holy crap.

But what an outpouring by the fans. In a cynical age when NBA players (and managers) are seen as calculating mercenaries, someone forgot to tell DeMar and Raptors Nation not to forge a transcendent emotional bond. It was a pleasure watching DeMar grow year-by-year into the player he is now. As frustrating as the playoff flameouts have been, on the whole we've seen a steady upward trajectory for the team over the course of DeMar's career here.

To the point where now people in Raptors Land are talking about getting that last piece or two in place to make a serious run at a championship. Something no one could say with a straight face until the last year or two. DeMar deserves his due as a major part of this process. It'll be quite an adjustment not having him around. Even more so than when Vince left, because back then there was a lot of bitter acrimony surrounding the circumstances of what can only be termed a fiasco.

DeMar is a class act.
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As emotionally attached as people are to DeMar, the trade should benefit the Raptors.

In other basketball news Canada is 2-0 at the U17 Women's WC in Belarus. We beat Latvia 65-51 and Angola 66-36. On Tuesday they play Australia; their final game in group play. It's crucial that they win or they'll likely not advance past the Quarter-Finals. A loss to Australia would potentially set up a Quarter-Final match against the USA. Beat Australia and they have a very good shot at making the Semi-Finals.

As much as I try to support the women's game I find these age group women's games very frustrating to watch. They make so many mistakes, turn the ball over an absurd number of times, are terrible at the free throw line, miss most of the time when right under the basket, and rarely jump. That Latvia game they should have scored 30 more points than they did. Canada made just 20/62 of its 2 points and was 3/9 from beyond the arc.

Canada are more talented than Australia imo but think we'll likely lose. Australia make fewer mistakes and more likely to capitalize on their opportunities.
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That Toronto press conference sure was awkward.
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