NBA Free Agents 2010: Breaking Down the Deals Part 2

August 6th, 2010 by Erick Blasco Leave a reply »


With the superstars and pseudo-stars long accounted for, it’s been nothing but role players, backups, and bench-fillers changing teams the past few weeks. Let’s examine which minor moves may have major ramifications.

Linas Kleiza—Toronto Raptors

Kleiza’s not an outstanding athlete, and don’t expect much defense, but he can certainly put the ball in the basket. He’s a stocky player whose best attribute is three-point shooting though he’s also a strong finisher on the break and after driving along the baseline.

With Hedo Turkoglu now in Phoenix, Kleiza will have the first crack at the starting small forward position in Toronto.

With the Raptors’ offensive spacing, he should thrive as a spot-up shooter who would also duck in to the basket from time to time, especially against weaker defenders.

With Toronto having such a poor defensive roster, Kleiza’s defensive weaknesses would become even more exacerbated though.

The Raptors would once again field an all-offense, no-defense lineup. They’d be hoping that the offensive talents of ...

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