With the NBA Draft about to unfold in just under a week, one of the biggest Raptors blogs on the net, Raptors Republic, posted an article this morning wondering aloud if Bryan Colangelo should be ousted because he will likely be swinging for the fences this summer in order to improve the team.
Sorry, but why exactly would it be a problem if Colangelo swung for the fences?
Granted, Colangelo is in a contract year so there’s the fear that he will be making bold moves to ensure his long-term safety with the franchise. There’s the general belief he might mortgage the team’s future by making the playoffs next season through putting patches on the problem instead of remaking the roster.
Last season was labeled as a “rebuilding” year and when the team got a taste of success fans started to beg for the playoffs. Little did they realize that Colangelo wanted to give DeMar DeRozan, Andrea Bargnani, Ed Davis and the rest of the young core another year to see how much they could develop and he wouldn’t be in a hurry to pull the trigger on any moves that would be detrimental to their development.
While a great idea on paper, it blew up in a big way as most of the team regressed on the stat sheet.
DeRozan took a step back as his field goal percentage has dipped every single season he has been in the NBA. Andrea Bargnani showed flashes early on, but it remains to be seen if that was fools gold or if it was truly injuries that slowed him down. Ed Davis has shown flashes, but he will never be a starting power forward on a team that goes deep in the playoffs.
There was plenty of opportunity for Colangelo to put the brakes a rebuilding season but he turned down offers to improve the team in the short run. You need to give him kudos for seeing the plan through and trying to maximize his assets heading into this summer. But now? Why not move some of the teams young pieces if it gets back some solid veterans?
The team competed almost every single game last night but game up just short countless times. Lets see what Dwane Casey and his coaching staff can go with a bump in talent and players with more NBA experience.
Personally, I wouldn’t want anyone besides Colangelo running the Raptors this summer. I say let him swing for the fences and see what he can get for Toronto’s first round pick, DeRozan, Davis and their ample cap space this summer.