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Inside the Paint: Raptors Will Flourish with Amir Johnson in the Fold

AUBURN HILLS, MI - OCTOBER 29:  Amir Johnson #25 of the Detroit Pistons walks across the court during the game against the Indiana Pacers  on October 29, 2008 at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan.  The Pistons won 100-94.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Bleacher ReportCorrespondent IAugust 18, 2009

Talk about an offseason of dramatic change for the Toronto Raptors. In just a span of about two months, Bryan Colangelo has remade the Raptors in a way that wasn't expected.

Coming into latest fold from Milwaukee is power forward Amir Johnson, a young and athletic big man with a ton of upside and potential and little known guard Sonny Weems.

In return, Colangelo ships out Roko Ukic and Carlos Delfino in a sign and trade with the Bucks, but with the talk of the trade mostly centered around Colangelo makeover of his team.

When the dust finally settles after the offseason, one of the first things you'll notice about this new-look Raptors team is something that has eluded them: vast potential and athleticism.

DeRozan, Johnson, Jack, Wright, Bosh, Douby, and Bargnani are prime examples of a team loaded with youth, potential, offensive upside, and athleticism. As a Raptors fan, you'll have to excuse yourself if you can't help but feel overly excited at the changes.

In regards to Amir Johnson, it's quite possible that the Raptors may have a steal in this player. Amir's career so far only spanned in Detroit, where he was used sparingly by the Pistons despite his potential.

It should be noted that Colangelo is known for having craved young athletic players, and in Triano's new offensive system, Johnson would flourish with his athleticism.

Sonny Weems is a virtual unknown, and one would have to speculate that Colangelo would eventually waive his contract while trying to rid the services of Marcus Banks.

This trade, along with the transactions made earlier, are shaping the Raptors to become a team to watch out for in the future.

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