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Eric Koreen (@EKoreen) of the National Post joins Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) to preview the Toronto Raptors season. Topics include: Whether Kyle Lowry can get back to where he was the first half of last year, if Jonas Valanciunas can take the next step (especially defensively), which of the young players on the roster can emerge, and his grade for Masai Ujiri's regime as GM.
The Toronto Raptors are flush with salary cap space. Yes, they need to re-sign Sixth Man award winner Lou Williams, and they'll likely need to give him a significant raise after what he gave them.
But what about getting unrestricted free agents to come to Toronto? It has never been an easy thing to do (last summer's Kyle Lowry re-signing notwithstanding), and Masai Ujiri is going up against some awfully heavy hitters when it comes to going after the likes of LaMarcus Aldridge and his ilk.
If he strikes out on all of the big names, what might Plan B be?
Here's my suggestion: Go get David Lee, who the Golden State Warriors are trying to trade. He is a former All-Star, he is the consummate professional, and he can score in the low block better than Amir Johnson, Chuck Hayes, Patrick Patterson, James Johnson or any of the other power forwards Toronto used last season.
The Warriors have already told Lee they will attempt to move him, and Golden State knows it will not get equal value in return. What is important to the Warriors is ridding themselves of Lee's salary to keep themselves out of luxury tax territory. A future second-round pick might be all it takes to get it done, and adding Lee would give the Raptors a one-year rental on a solid player while keeping intact their cap space for the bonanza summer of 2016.
I tossed that idea at Toronto radio listeners this morning on Sportsnet 590-The Fan, and I also explained the strange free agent status of Atlanta's Paul Millsap -- and how that could be an option, too.
Host Alex Fischbein talks about the Toronto Raptors 3-0 week and the Sixth Man of the Year candidate Lou Williams. Also, the Nets had another inconsistent week and could they give the Sixers their first win?
It's a new episode of Coast 2 Coast! On this podcast I talked with Zarar Siddiqi. Siddiqi is a writer and podcaster at ESPN Truehoop Network's Toronto Raptors blog, www.RaptorsRepublic.com
With The 9-6 Toronto Raptors defeating the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers, the Raptors return home to visit LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Raptors face a tough task filling the void at the center spot as Jonas Valancuinas fractured his hand in the game against the Lakers. He will be out for about six weeks. The Cavaliers also have their fair share of injuries as All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving, Iman Shumpert, Timofey Mozgov and Mo Williams remain out. Siddiqi and discuss what to expect as two of the Eastern Conference's goliaths face off for the first time this season.
This week Sean Woodley and Russell Peddle welcome Raptors HQ site manager Daniel Reynolds for his podcast debut. The guys chat about the ups and downs of the Raptors 2-2 road trip, question the lack of Jonas Valanciunas in the 4th quarter against the Heat on Sunday, ponder whether or not DeMarre Carroll should be sat down to rest, and come up with some trade targets Toronto could pursue to bolster its depth. This episode is brought to you by Jose Calderon.
There are rumblings from several NBA executives agent Rich Paul could deliver another client to his hometown team next summer as Michael Scotto wrote in his latest piece for SheridanHoops.
Paul has publicly stated his client Tristan Thompson won't return to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the summer of 2016 if he signs his one-year, $6.8 million qualifying offer. That would make Thompson an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2016 where he would be one of the youngest players on the market, as Scotto examined in a separate piece for SheridanHoops.
With that in mind, Scotto joined TSN 1050 Radio to discuss the latest on Tristan Thompson’s contract negotiations. Will Thompson and the Cleveland Cavaliers agree to a long-term deal this summer or will the Toronto Raptors have a strong chance to land him in the summer of 2016 as an unrestricted free agent?
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It's a new episode of Coast 2 Coast! On this podcast I talked with Mitchell Tierney. Tierney is the Managing Editor of SB Nation's Toronto FC Website, www.WakingTheRed.com and writes about the Toronto Maple Leafs and Marlies at Last Word On Sport.
With Toronto FC out of the MLS playoffs, Mitchell and I discuss what transpired and what the team needs to do as they move forward into the new season.
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This week, Sean Woodley, Russell Peddle and John Gaudes chat about Kyle Lowry's 40-point pre-season performance, discuss the potential impacts of a long-term injury to Terrence Ross and address the muddy situation that is the Raptors' forward rotation. They also dive into the DeMar DeRozan dilemma and test Russell's obscure Raptor player knowledge. This episode is brought to you by Donyell Marshall.
In the pilot Episode of The HeadQuarters, RaptorsHQ.com writers Sean Woodley, Russell Peddle and John Gaudes re-cap a busy summer for the Toronto Raptors, discuss whether or not DeMarre Carroll should play power forward for Dwane Casey, and try to predict the 2015-'16 win total for the team. This episode is brought to you by Alvin Williams.
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