New Era North Of The Border In The NBA?

September 13th, 2010 by Karthik Tadisina Leave a reply »
During the 2009-10 season the Toronto Raptors, were known for their high-octane offense, as well as for their hardly existent defense. They were one of the worst teams in a bunch of defensive categories. During the offseason, the Raptors watched All-Star Chris Bosh leave for the Miami Heat after spending seven seasons with the Raptors to join Dwayne Wade and later LeBron James. Executives around the league felt that this was something that general manager Bryan Colangelo expected, and that is why rumors came up around the trade deadline regarding Bosh. The Raptors could have received some value for him instead of receiving draft picks and cash considerations (trade exception) from the Miami Heat.

As a result, Colangelo decided to shed salary and rebuild completely around the young core of Andrea Bargnani, Amir Johnson, Sonny Weems, and Linas Kleiza. The Raptors acquired a trade exception ($14.5M) as well as draft picks for Bosh from Miami, re-signed Amir Johnson to a long-term deal, drafted Ed Davis and added forward Linas Kleiza, who spent the past season playing overseas after spending four seasons with the Denver Nuggets, and acquired Julian Wright from the New Orlea ...

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