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Goran Dragic choices, buying and selling for Ben Simmons, group’s id and extra – The Athletic
Dragic Kingdom (and different assorted commerce speak)
Dragic appears destined to play elsewhere, can we transfer him or reduce him? — Rob H.
A lot of questions on Goran Dragic, predictably. I’ll simply say that as of now in the event that they reduce/purchased out Dragic earlier than the commerce deadline, I’d be shocked. Even when he’s not “price” his $19 million wage, they consider he can return one thing beneficial for the Raptors’ retooling, and I consider they’re proper.
If each Masai Ujiri and I change into incorrect, they’ll attain an settlement on a buyout after the deadline and avoid wasting cash, which might be beneficial in ducking the luxurious tax. Nonetheless, I don’t assume it would come to that.
What’s the logic behind a Goran Dragic buyout by the Raptors and generally why are groups facilitating them to assist different groups fill out rosters for reasonable (see Lakers or Nets)? — Andrew H.
I lined the primary bit above, however the buyout is mostly finished for one in all two causes, and typically each: 1) to avoid wasting cash; 2) to do a participant/agent a stable, presenting your group as a great one with which to do future enterprise. We frequently neglect that on the coronary heart of it, the NBA is about relationships.
Take what the Pistons simply did with DeAndre Jordan. That they acquired him for the Nets made sufficient sense: The Nets wanted to chop down on their luxurious tax invoice, and so they gave the Pistons 4 picks and greater than $5 million to tackle Jordan’s remaining two years and $20 million. Why would they purchase him out as an alternative of letting him stay a Piston? Effectively, I’ll refer you to my pal James Edwards.
The Pistons are usually not planning on profitable this season, get a little bit of a break on paying Jordan and do a revered veteran (and his power-broker agent, Jeff Schwartz) a favour, all whereas getting 4 second-rounders and a few cash to pay for the buyout within the first place? Looks as if a tidy piece of enterprise, doesn’t it?
If the Raptors transfer Dragic to Dallas, which younger participant would you like in return: Moses Brown, Josh Inexperienced or Jalen Brunson? — Mark V.
If I’m the Raptors, I’m in all probability rating them: 1. Inexperienced; 2. Brown; 3. Brunson. To be clear, there’s quite a bit to love about all three, and Brunson is certainly the perfect participant for the time being.
Pascal Siakam, Chris Boucher high second annual Raptors strain index – The Athletic
2. Chris Boucher
A fast reminder: 151 video games into his profession, Chris Boucher has performed a complete of two,436 regular-season minutes within the NBA, which is fewer than Julius Randle, RJ Barrett or Nikola Jokic performed final season alone. Should you’ve forgotten, final yr was a shortened season.
So, sure, Boucher was excellent in his first full yr within the Raptors’ rotation, main the group in win shares by a wholesome margin. Sure, he bumped his 3-point share past 38, and just about lapped the sphere in blocks of 3-point makes an attempt. Sure, he recovered from a lull within the season to point out his utility, particularly when relieved from the duties of banging with thicker gamers within the paint.
All of that may be dismissed slightly simply beneath the “small pattern dimension” heading if he slips up this yr, leaving his standing within the league unknown as he enters unrestricted free company subsequent summer time, when he will probably be 29. With Siakam out to start out the yr, Boucher is the obvious possibility to start the yr as his substitute within the beginning lineup. Selecting up the place he left off final yr in opposition to different groups’ greatest gamers will go a great distance towards setting him up for a great season and a career-defining payday subsequent summer time.
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Morning Espresso – Mon, Sep 13 originated on Raptors Republic.