A Summer Full Of Changes
Bryan Colangelo knew after the end of the season that for Toronto to be successful in the following season, serious changes had to be made to the roster (which is one thing Colangelo is good at). Out are three point specialist Jason Kapano, fan favorite Anthony Parker, electrifying Shawn Marion, Nathan Jawai, Kris Humphries, and Joey G. In are defencive specialist Antoine Wright, Marco Benelli, draft pick Demar Derozan, veteran Rasho Nesterovic, rebounding machine Reggie Evans, Jarret Jack and least of all the Turkish Jordan himself, Hedo Turkoglu.
1. Jason Kapano (Tor) for Reggie Evans (Phil)
This was one of those trades that will help both teams. Kapano should give Philly an outside threat finally. Last season, Philly was one of the worst three point shooting team which is where Kapano should help. In Philly, unlike Toronto he won't be asked to create his own offense but to instead shoot off paases from dribble penetration. Reggie Evans should help Toronto in rebounding and defence, two sore points for Toronto last season. He will also help make Toronto a tougher and grittier team. Overall a great trade for both teams
2. Four way trade: Shawn Marion (Tor), Kris Humphies (Tor), Nathan Jawai (Tor)-Dallas
Hedo Turkoglu (Orlando)-Toronto
Jerry Stackhouse (later bought out) + cash- Memphis
Greg Buckner (Memphis)- Dallas
Antoine Wright (Dallas), Devean George (Dallas) -Toronto
Every team gets something out of this. Orlando gets a large trade exception it can use with possibly with Gortat's contract to bring in the final piece. Dallas gets an explosive player in Shawn Marion who should put them back into the top four of five in the conference, while adding depth in the power forward position. Memphis gets little out of this except for a 2016 second round draft pick. Toronto are probably the biggest winners of this trade however because instead of signing Hedo outright and having no depth again this year they get two players to help their bench (who also have expiring contracts), and both of their exceptions back.
3. Jarret Jack (restricted free agent Indiana) signed to a four year, 20 million dollar deal
Colangelo next addressed the need for a solid back up point guard in case of another Jose Calderon injury by using their mid-level exception gained from the previous transaction. While he probably over paid a little bit for him, Jack can play both guard positions and is a big upgrade over Solomon/Ukic tandem of last year.
4. Rasho Nesterovic (unrestricted free agent) signed to bi-annual exception (1.99 million)
A smart move by Colangelo. In Rasho we get a experienced vet for discount who loves Toronto. What isn't there to love? He is solid on d, is good at boxing out and has a great touch around the rim for a big man. He will also pay dividends when Bargnani or Bosh get into foul trouble.
5. Marco Benelli (Golden State) for Devean George (Toronto)
Another brilliant move by Colangelo. He turned a declining 34 year old player who would be at the end of the bench for a young player with a lot of potential. Benelli is a former first round draft pick and gives the Raptors a sharp shooter to replace Kapano at a fifth of the price who can also ball handle without making every body in the ACC cringe.
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