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Report: Raptors open to trade everyone on roster not named Valanciunas

Nov 1, 2013, 6:15 PM EDT

Rudy Gay AP

You knew things would be different with Masai Ujiri in charge in Toronto. For one, there might be a plan. That would be a nice change of pace from the past few years.

Whatever that plan is, it could involve a wholesale changeover of the roster. They already moved Andrea Bargnani (to the delight of Raptors fans) and reports surfaced they would consider moving Rudy Gay in the right deal.

But it’s much bigger than just that, reports Marc Stein at ESPN.

The strong sense now, though, is that the Raps are prepared to trade virtually anyone on the current roster if a suitable offer presents itself.

“Anyone but [Jonas] Valanciunas,” says one plugged-in source.

You don’t move quality young big men, and Jonas Valanciunas is that.

However, that means DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry, Amir Johnson, Terrence Ross and others could be had. Which isn’t really news — Ujiri is an aggressive dealer and pretty much everyone is always available. But on his terms —  know that he is not just giving these guys away.

Gay is the most interesting piece however. One because he’s pretty good — not as good as some people think, not an All-Star, but good and can get you buckets — but nobody knows what he’s going to do after the season. He can opt out, but if he does he’s going to give up a lot for that security — he is set to make $19.3 million next season and he would be fortunate to make $12 million next year as a free agent. So what teams are willing to gamble on what he can do and would absorb that kind of salary? Not many.

That said, expect an aggressive Raptors team on the market. Whatever they do.

  1. elwaysagenius - Nov 1, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    In Masai we trust.

  2. johngalt1783 - Nov 1, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    This article is hysterical . Stein’s source is clueless. None of the Raptors starters will be traded this season. My source: Me.

    • homieshome - Nov 2, 2013 at 9:16 AM

      you suck at life homie

  3. edavidberg - Nov 1, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    The Raptors only have one player worth anything on their roster and he is the guy they won’t trade.

    • homieshome - Nov 2, 2013 at 2:12 AM

      Nah, Lowry’s a good PG. Demar Derozan is ok but he sort of has a loser mentality, like he’s used to losing or something. He’s not the kind of player you would find on a winning team. Than there’s Terrence Ross, who has potential but hard to tell where his ceiling is, i think he’s better off playing off the bench because he isnt that good against starters.

    • homieshome - Nov 2, 2013 at 9:16 AM

      whoever thumbsing me down doesnt know squat about sports. probably some butthurt raptors fan

  4. homieshome - Nov 2, 2013 at 2:10 AM

    Knicks give Raptors 2014 1st round pick + Murry & Beno Udrih for Kyle Lowry
    They want talented youth right? There you go.

  5. unfly - Nov 2, 2013 at 4:23 AM

    cmon Drake, it’s too early to leak company secrets already.

  6. onbucky96 - Nov 2, 2013 at 6:37 AM

    They’re tanking the season. They want to lose. Why can’t someone call out Emperor Stern on these teams sucking on purpose to rig the lottery?

    • homieshome - Nov 2, 2013 at 9:14 AM

      It’s actually pretty ridiculous, they arent even all that bad this eyar. They need to just play and stop giving up before the season even hardly started, it sets a bad vibe. Stupid

  7. jadaruler - Nov 2, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Out of every team in the league, it makes the most sense for Toronto to tank. Wiggins would give Toronto a potential franchise player and get rid of some brutal contracts.

    The contracts Colangelo gave out in Toronto are so bad, he should be banned from any front office position for the rest of his life.

    • borderline1988 - Nov 2, 2013 at 11:44 PM

      It’s funny how we Raptors fans thought that the Colangelo hiring was genius. The guy had such bad vision..It’s like he was designing a team to finish 9th or 10th every year.

      One lesson to be learned from the Colangelo saga is that owners should keep their GMs on a shorter leash, once the GM’s plan clearly isn’t wrorking.
      Colangelo set the Raptors back a few years with some stupid contracts doled out or acquired in his last couple of years, which he did to save face and try to field a playoff team. Rudy Gay, Derozan, Landry Fields.
      He should have kept Ed Davis..that guy could have been worth a 1rst rounder at the time, instead they rented out Rudy Gay for a year and half for $30 million.

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