There as a been a lot of talk among fans of the Toronto Raptors; since the end of last years playoffs, that Chris Bosh might possibly leave the Raptors organization after this season when his contract has expired. Well the time has finally come, and Bosh is now officially a free agent, and whether or not he stays or leaves could possibly be the most important off-season in the franchise's short history.
Now in light of all this talk regarding Bosh's future, I have decided to write about some of Toronto's better moves and some of its worst moves. Here is the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Well the obvious pick here would be the trade during the 1998 NBA Draft, which gave the Raptors Vince Carter for Antawn Jamison. However, this is way to easy. I'm going with the deal that landed Toronto Charles Oakley from the New York Knicks in exchange for up-and-comer Marcus Camby in that same year, 1998. Oakley brought the franchise a measure of respect, and he provided a veteran presence to a very young Raptors team. Oakley was an absolute bully down low, he had a menacing presence, and he wasn't afraid to bang bodies. He was the physical player the Raptors sorely needed. To this day, Raptor fans still talk about the "Oak Man", he was and still is an all-time fan favorite. Heck, he collected a total of 1655 boards while wearing the purple and black. Not bad at all.
Over the history of the Raptors, they have made more bad moves than good ones. One of the worst ever was the deal that sent Damon Stoudemire to the Portland Trailblazers. Alongside Stoudemire, went Walt Williams and Carlos Rogers for Kenny Anderson, Alvin Williams, Gary Trent, three draft picks, and cash considerations. Stoudemire was the Raptors' first ever draft pick, and at the time he was Toronto's number one guy. However the deal needed to be done, as Stoudemire became unhappy with where he was, and wanted out of Toronto. In getting rid of one miserable player, they received another in return. Anderson did not want to move to Canada, so the Raptors were forced to ship him off, without him even playing a single game.
Easy. The Vince Carter trade in 2004 to the New Jersey Nets. Then Raptors' general manager, Rob Babcock traded "VC" to New Jersey for Alonzo Mourning, Eric Williams, Aaron Williams, and two future first round draft picks. Everyone knows how Carter so desperately wanted out of Toronto. He wanted out a couple years earlier but Babcock waited one year to long to move him, and in return got pretty much nothing. Mourning never even played a single game for the Raptors. This move really set the franchise back a few years, and it'll be hard for any team to top the debauchery of this transaction.