Inside the Paint: Bryan Colangelo Shapes Raptors' New Look

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent IJuly 9, 2009

Bryan Colangelo has done the impossible: engineer a sign and trade with Orlando for Hedo Turkoglu, acquire Antoine Wright and Devean George from the Dallas Mavericks for Kris Humphries and Shawn Marion, and also send Quincy Douby to Memphis.

All of this while being able to maintain the mid-level exception—adding to the latest trade involving the Raptors was the re-signing of star player Andrea Bargnani to a five-year contract that kicks in about $10 million a season.

Colangelo may be known as the greatest sports executive that the Toronto Raptors have ever signed. He's proved once again why he's the real deal in terms of his ability to acquire quality talent, even when he's facing tough financial times. 

Add the possibility of the Raptors re-signing Rasho Nesterovic and Carlos Delfino into the mix, and suddenly the Raptors look like a team that could become the main contender for a top four finish in the East and possibly challenge for a spot in the finals sooner rather than later.

What Colangelo has accomplished here in the last 48 hours has proved to be a masterstroke by basketball standards, and the best part of all is he managed to maintain the core of Chris Bosh, Jose Calderon, and Bargnani for the foreseeable future.

Both George and Delfino are known as sold perimeter defenders, and Delfino has the talent to play all perimeter positions as well. Wright will add athleticism and shooting at the wing position; he's a good solid pro who will provide cover for the inexperienced DeMar DeRozan. 

The one who benefits the most from these proposed moves is the Raptors' star player, Chris Bosh.

Simply put, Bosh now can see what Colangelo can do, and after twittering about the ongoing happenings at the club, Bosh would surely have to be convinced that his place is in Toronto after all.