Welcome to the second edition of The Good, The Bad, and The Needed. Bet you guys didn't expect a second edition – huh?
Alright, let's get started, shall we? I was thinking about putting The Good, The Bad, and The Needed Part II, but, the bad part isn't shaping up to be that "bad" and the "needed" is looking more like the "getting".
The Good: It seems the Raptors are going to seal the deal on free agency within the next two weeks. The roster situation is shaping up to be not too shabby, not too shabby. We find the Raptors with a new look and ready to make it past the first round of the playoffs and being contenders for top 5 in the East during the regular season.
The Not So Bad: Quincy Douby, Patrick O' Bryant, and Roko Ukic are showing more promise than they we're last year and look like they are at least attempting to improve. But, they're all still going to need some definite work and improvement to say the least.
Our first round pick in the 2009 draft rookie Demar Derozan is really shaping up to be what we all expect him to be with a strong performance in the first game and an even stronger performance in the second game of the summer league.
Even though they have both been losses Dero and douby are the most solid contributors keeping it close (first game lost to LAL 85-84 and second losing to DET 91-87).
On a side note: If you want all the stats and schedule for Raptors Summer League go here: Portland.pdf">http://www.nba.com/media/raptors/July_13_vs._Portland.pdf
The worry of the bench being thin has been taken away, and we're most likely going to fill out all three remaining spots in the next few weeks.
The Getting: As i said in the first edition of The GBN the raptors are pursuing Jarrett Jack who's a Combo Guard and will play back up to Jose at PG and probably some time at starting SG.
Jack, who is in his third year with the NBA, is young and athletic and will provide the Raptors with a good backcourt player for at least four years.
That is if the Pacers do not match the four-year, $20-million offer sheet he has signed from the Raptors by Sunday at midnight.
However, if the Pacers match the offer, the Raptors don't want to go into a bidding war with Indiana.
Then, the next option will be Linas Kleiza a 6'8" ,245-lb man who can play either forward position for those of you who don't know what the forward positions in Basketball are Google it. Linas Kleiza's name has been circulating with the Raptors the past few weeks.
Although, most likely to avoid going into the luxury tax the owners of the Pacers Melvin & Herb Simon who have lost money something like 5 of the past 6 seasons are looking to sell the team and will not match anything at or above $5 million for Jack.
The Back Up Center behind Bargnani is most likely to be filled by the Slovenian Big Man Rasho Nesterovic a former Raptor who is a 33-year-old, 7' ft and 255-lb Power Forward who in the Summer of 2008 was part of that block buster deal that brang over Jermaine O'neal which turned out to be a flop.
Nesterovic, who never wanted to leave Toronto and is strongly considering to buy his post-retirement home in Toronto, is past his prime.
But, can still be a voice of reason and leadership. Also, a veteran presence and can still be a solid Back up Center and play significant minutes.
With or without Jarrett Jack the Raptors still want to bring back Carlos Delfino one of the reasons being he is one of the Raptors own free agents and they can sign him without going against the salary cap.
Bryan Colangelo wants to try to avoid going over the Luxury Tax and just kind of snuggle right up beside it.
Delfino who is also a former Raptor is a 2m 230 lb Shooting Guard/Small Forward. Carlos played for the 47-35 Raptors in 2006-2007 and the 41-41 Raptors in 2007-08.