Change Is in The Air In Toronto, And Things Are Looking Good

July 12th, 2010 by Adam Davis Leave a reply »
It's been an exciting off-season for almost anyone connected to the NBA, and the Toronto Raptors are right in the thick of it. Toronto's playoff hopes seemed to be shot with the departure of star forward Chris Bosh, but as of now, things are starting to look positive. 

With an imminent trade with Phoenix and Charlotte to get Leaondro Barbosa and Boris Diaw north of the border, Toronto GM Bryan Colangelo has strung together a bunch of moves to push the Raptors in the right direction.

Let's break it down. 

Raptors lost/losing: Chris Bosh, 24 ppg and 11 rpg in 2010, and (tentatively) Hedo Turkoglu, 11 ppg and 5 rpg.

Raptors Acquired/Are acquiring: (tentatively) Leandro Barbosa, 10 ppg and 2 rpg, (also tentative) Boris Diaw, 11 ppg and 5 rpg,  two first round picks from the Heat, and first round pick Ed Davis from UNC, who averaged 7 PPG, 7 RPG, and 2 blocks per game. 

The Raptors have also signed Linas Kleiza to an offer sheet, and unless the Nuggets make an offer by Saturday, the Lithuanian forward will join Toronto. 

In short, Colangelo is staying true to what he said in his letter to th ...

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