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If we can get Carlos Boozer for the vet minimum I'm not against bringing him in. But as far as solving our front court problems Boozer really doesn't improve it by that much.
That's my assessment as well. He will be a rich man's Carl Landry coming in and getting 8 points in 8 minutes at times, but he'll be a sub-average defender at best.
 

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We the north...

Here I come

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Not sure of contract details yet.
 

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Nice signing. Can't really hurt, right?
 

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I'm not impressed with Masai's work to date. I will however change my opinion of him if he somehow brings in Faried, even at the cost of derozan.
 

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I'm not impressed with Masai's work to date. I will however change my opinion of him if he somehow brings in Faried, even at the cost of derozan.

You do realise all Faried does is hustle and rebound right?

He's not on the level of DeMar. We could likely get Faried for Ross + Clippers 1st or something of similar value.

@ Luis Scola, I haven't seen him play in a season or two. Similar to Boozer not only with his voluptuous hair growth, but his ability to score the basketball.




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Ok. Addresses the need and the 4, easy contract, not too long or too much money ... But is it just me or does it not feel like we've just filled up the roster with wanna-be's, used to be's, never will-be's & scrubs? Obviously no over the top talents that'll take us to that next level.

Only good thing with this last one is he'll be gone in time for a growing Bruno to join the roster next year.
 

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Ok. Addresses the need and the 4, easy contract, not too long or too much money ... But is it just me or does it not feel like we've just filled up the roster with wanna-be's, used to be's, never will-be's & scrubs? Obviously no over the top talents that'll take us to that next level.

Only good thing with this last one is he'll be gone in time for a growing Bruno to join the roster next year.
You have to build a squad of good players to attract great players. That's how it works. We're slowly moving our pieces around to improve the overall talent level in the franchise.

PG: Kyle Lowry / Cory Joseph
SG: DeMar DeRozan / Terrence Ross
SF: DeMarre Carroll / James Johnson
PF: Patrick Patterson / Luis Scola
CE: Jonas Valanciunas / Bismack Biyombo

I certainly think we've upgraded over the 2014/15 roster.
 

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You have to build a squad of good players to attract great players. That's how it works. We're slowly moving our pieces around to improve the overall talent level in the franchise.

PG: Kyle Lowry / Cory Joseph
SG: DeMar DeRozan / Terrence Ross
SF: DeMarre Carroll / James Johnson
PF: Patrick Patterson / Luis Scola
CE: Jonas Valanciunas / Bismack Biyombo

I certainly think we've upgraded over the 2013/14 roster.
You mean the 14/15 roster?

It's too early to tell if we improved our roster this off season. Lou /Amir/Vasquez like them or not they are proven NBA players. Biyombo and Joseph are two big question marks and one has to wonder how much Scola has left in the tank. Carroll should be a good fit on paper but then again most of his offense back in ATL came from the Hawks system. Can Casey really change the Raptors offense from last year's iso heavy offense to one that can utilize Carroll's shooting?

If everything goes right I think the ceiling for the team is the Eastern Conference finals where we end up losing to the Cavs. If not I honestly think it's more or less then same as last year or the year before.
 

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You mean the 14/15 roster?

It's too early to tell if we improved our roster this off season. Lou /Amir/Vasquez like them or not they are proven NBA players. Biyombo and Joseph are two big question marks and one has to wonder how much Scola has left in the tank. Carroll should be a good fit on paper but then again most of his offense back in ATL came from the Hawks system. Can Casey really change the Raptors offense from last year's iso heavy offense to one that can utilize Carroll's shooting?

If everything goes right I think the ceiling for the team is the Eastern Conference finals where we end up losing to the Cavs. If not I honestly think it's more or less then same as last year or the year before.
Thanks. Struggling with hangover brain today.

I liked Lou and Vasquez but they had serious defensive shortcomings, and we were one of the poorest teams in the league in that regard.

You seem worried about our offense, but the stats suggest that last season we were operating one of the most effective systems in the league. Our ball movement has improved over the past few seasons and by adding Carroll, Joseph and Scola - we're only accentuating that with players that understand the value of the extra pass and spacing.

I would like to see us achieve a level of consistency that I felt was lacking last year. Players like Lou and Vasquez were a big part of that problem, if they weren't making shots, they weren't able to influence the basketball game at all. We've brought in defensive specialists that will be able to compete night in and night out.
 

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Don't forget Wright as a 1&2 combo guard.

And you're quite right about the slight increase in compete level and contributions to both sides of the court. So I'll agree to that ... but overall I'm still feeling that we're lacking true intensity, firepower and excitement here. Kinda like we filled up with a bunch of Matt Bonners.
 

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Don't forget Wright as a 1&2 combo guard.

And you're quite right about the slight increase in compete level and contributions to both sides of the court. So I'll agree to that ... but overall I'm still feeling that we're lacking true intensity, firepower and excitement here. Kinda like we filled up with a bunch of Matt Bonners.
Matt 'Double NBA Champion' Bonner.

I agree that after such a disappointing playoff appearance, as fans, we all probably expected something 'bigger' this offseason. But when we look at the current position of our franchise, I'm not sure we've ever been stronger.

We have a team capable of 50+ wins. We have 2x All-Stars. We're back to back Atlantic Division Champions. Aside from what we've accomplished, we also have a wealth of youth (Bruno, Bebe, Delon Wright etc) that could yet flourish and push us further. On top of this, we own FOUR 1st round draft picks in the next 2 seasons. There is a strong chance one of those will be in the lottery (...thank you NYK)!

So all in all, we haven't made huge strides, but we've taken some steps to improve ourselves as a basketball club. We have the chance to become perennial playoff contenders and if we luck out in the draft or FA with a star, we might even win it all.

Considering the years I've spent talking about Andrea Bargnani and those horrible post-Carter years, I'm loving the current situation.
 

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Ok so ...I'm finally starting to build some excitement towards next season and accepting the 'idea' that we've gotten somewhat better. How much remains to be seen. But with a mix of defense minded players who knows ......

BUUUTTT !!! I still feel let down with Biyombo... I just don't see this guy as a good backup center. And we have a huge history of awful players and failings in this spot (actually better question is who was our last good C before JV?), so maybe that's where my hesitation comes from. After we prove out Carroll, Scola and Roberts .... I'd like to see something happen by the trade deadline to bring in a real C to backup JV.
 

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I have seen this, and I couldn't be more excited.

I'm sure the NBA knows of my good work in this forum, so they look out for me by sending my guys over every few years

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I totally agree!! :) That must be it for sure... You'd better get those tickets on day 1 of the season and cheer like mad!
 

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Nicolas Batum has interest in playing for the Toronto Raptors when he becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2016.

Toronto is an international city that appeals to Batum.

The Charlotte Hornets acquired Batum this offseason from the Portland Trail Blazers despite him entering his contract year.

General manager Rich Cho and assistant general manager Chad Buchanan are familiar with Batum from their time with the Blazers.

“We are very comfortable given that Chad and Rich know Nic well,” said Hornets' vice-chairman Curtis Polk.

“We’ve seen over the last few years that players want to be here,” Cho says. “Free agents want to come here.”
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Batum needs to have a really great comeback season in Charlotte to get anywhere near what he's making currently. He has really taken a step back these last 150 games or so.
 
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