In this writers humble opinion, the Toronto Raptors dropped the ball when they failed to entice the Golden State Warriors into trading Jamal Crawford north of the border. While Bryan Colangelo never talked about Crawford as being a player he was targeting this summer, one of the focal points I’ve talked about for the team was adding a perimeter scorer like Crawford.
With the news breaking yesterday that Crawford was dealt to Atlanta essentially for two spare parts – an injured Speedy Claxton that is basically done in the NBA and a young player in Acie Law IV that struggled to earn minutes last season – it left my scratching my head over why Colangelo couldn’t have topped that offer.
From reading about that transaction it’s clear Golden State just wanted to shed Crawford to the first team that offered up a deal with salaries that matched up. With the chance to add a guard who scored 50 points last season and has averaged 15.2 points over 32.6 minutes during his career, couldn’t the Raptors have thrown together a package that included Kris Humphries or Roko Ukic?
If the Warriors were looking for another young point guard one would have to think Ukic would be a better fit than Law. Sure, Law is a former Bob Cousy Award winner, but during his first 111 games in the NBA he has failed to leave his mark while averaging 3.6 points and only 1.8 assists. Ukic struggled at stretches last season as a rookie, but he was at least able to secure steady minutes and at times showed flashes of brilliance.
Humphries, meanwhile, is an athletic big man who could get out and run in Don Nelson’s high tempo offense. While the Dubs wouldn’t want him chucking up a lot of shots, if they could convince him to dedicate himself on the defensive end he could be another athletic big to add to Nelson’s rotation next season.
As the old saying goes: One mans junk is anothers treasure. While I viewed Crawford as being a treasure and a relatively easy to obtain player this summer, apparently Colangelo didn’t view things the same way I did and passed on the chance to add the talented scorer to his roster.