Tag:Ed Davis
Posted on: May 17, 2011 1:08 pm
Edited on: May 17, 2011 4:35 pm

GM Colangelo agrees to extension with Raptors

The Toronto Raptors have reportedly reached agreement on a contract extension with GM Bryan Colangelo. Posted by Ben Golliver. bryan-colangelo

UPDATE: The National Post reports that Colangelo says he has " agreed in principle" to a "multi-year" extension with the Toronto Raptors. The team has also officially announced the signing.

The Toronto Raptors were awful in the first year of the post-Chris Bosh era, but that's not stopping the team from locking up its top basketball executive.

TheStar.com reports that Raptors president and GM Bryan Colangelo is about to receive a contract extension. 
The club’s president and general manager is closing in on a new multi-year deal to remain in charge of Toronto’s basketball operation, multiple NBA sources said Tuesday.

“It’s happening,” said one person with knowledge of the negotiations.
Colangelo, who previously worked for the Phoenix Suns, twice won the NBA's Executive of the Year award but has fallen on tougher times in recent years. 

The Raptors won just 22 games this season, missing the playoffs for the third straight season. Colangelo allowed Bosh to walk without receiving meaningful compensation in return and then had a hissy fit in the media, blasting Bosh for not playing through injury.
He also inked Andrea Bargnani to a big-dollar extension, a deal some have questioned due to Bargnani's weak rebounding and defense. 

Let's also not forget that Colangelo paid an exorbitant sum to sign Hedo Turkoglu in free agency and, after one failed season, quickly moved to undo that damage by shipping him to the Phoenix Suns.

His other big move this season was acquiring promising combo guard Jerryd Bayless, who continues to show flashes but probably isn't a franchise building block going forward. On the plus side, he has drafted two promising youngsters -- DeMar DeRozan and Ed Davis -- but patience is a virtue in both cases.

Really, it's felt like Colangelo has been spinning his wheels for a few years now. With a weak draft this year, and three large contracts already on the books -- Bargnani, Jose Calderon and Leandro Barbosa -- Colangelo has his work cut out for him if he hopes to meaningfully improve this team next season.

Best of luck, Raptors fans.
Posted on: March 28, 2011 9:38 am
Edited on: March 28, 2011 9:38 am

Raptors ready to deal Andrea Bargnani?

Would the Toronto Raptors consider trading big man Andrea Bargnani? Posted by Ben Golliver. andrea-bargnani

It's been a fairly miserable decade for the Toronto Raptors, who have qualified for the playoffs just twice in the last 10 seasons and are headed for their fourth straight trip to the NBA Draft Lottery this year.

This season's struggles, of course, were to be expected, as franchise forward Chris Bosh flew the coop for South Beach, leaving a mishmashed, young roster led by perimeter-minded big man Andrea Bargnani in his wake. It's hard to take much from Toronto's struggles this season, but most fans and observers of the team would seem to agree that Bargnani does not possess the all-around game to be a No. 1 option on a quality playoff team.

The Toronto Star reports that there are those within the Raptors organization that are ready to trade Bargnani and move forward with rookie forward Ed Davis as the centerpiece.
There are voices within the team who’ll tell you that, with Davis establishing himself as an ascendant talent, the prudent way forward for the Raptors is to trade the Italian. [GM Bryan] Colangelo has a history of being unsentimental in his buying and selling of players, but he has shown an unusually strong attachment to the seven-footer he selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2006 draft.
Still, while Colangelo has insisted and insisted and insisted he can build a winning team with a one-dimensional shooter as the starting centre, he has failed and failed and failed to do so. So maybe it’s time to move on.

Perhaps the best argument for unloading the Roman goes something like this. If Davis is soon to grab a full-time role as the starting power forward, it’s asking too much of him to do it alongside a soft-to-the-touch centre who shows zero interest in sharing the frontcourt workload on defence and on the glass. Chris Bosh enjoyed the role so much he moved to Miami.
A smooth-shooting seven-footer who has already inked a long-term extension, Bargnani is an easy target for criticism despite averaging a career-high 21.9 points this season. He's not very adept at defense not very motivated on the boards and he's just now beginning to learn the value of getting to the free throw line. To top it off, Bargnani is now 25 and not particularly likely to take a quantum leap forward statistically in the future, as he has had all the touches he can handle this season.

The only (huge) problem with this scenario: Davis isn't ready to be the guy yet, not even close. He's averaging 11 points and 6.8 rebounds, solid numbers as a rookie, but he's started just 10 games and has never played 40 minutes in a game. Not once. And let's not forget that his career-high of 21 points is less than Bargnani's average this season.

In hopeless situations, especially those that are cyclically hopeless, dreaming of a better future is always tempting. Davis certainly could emerge into a centerpiece, a more traditional and balanced post player who would be easier to build around. It's just not that time yet. 

The Raptors are stuck with Bargnani for the time being, unless they're prepared to take another step backwards, which isn't easy to do when you're 20-53 on the season.
Posted on: November 27, 2010 3:33 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:06 pm

Reggie Evans breaks foot, out indefinitely

Toronto Raptors forward Reggie Evans fractured his right foot and is out indefinitely. Posted by Ben Golliver reggie-evans In addition to being a deep thinker on gender issues , Toronto Raptors forward Reggie Evans is one of the NBA's most incredible single-tool players.  Evans rebounds, and nothing more. As of Sunday, Evans was No. 3 in the league with 12.6 rebounds per game, and he was tops for rebounds per 48 minutes , with 21.7. Evans does the dirty work and he does it without requiring touches. On a team as soft as the Raptors, he is worth his weight in gold. Unfortunately for Toronto, Evans fractured his right foot during a Friday night 110-101 loss to the Boston Celtics, according to the team's television broadcaster . The Toronto Star reports that the team and coach Jay Triano have not placed a timeline on Evans' recovery from the broken foot, but it's obviously expected to be lengthy.
“It’s broken, a fracture, a break, I don’t know,” a downcast Triano said. “X-rays were positive, I have no idea of timeline or anything else.”
Evans, who averages nearly 12 rebounds a night and is by far Toronto’s most effective player on the boards, was injured with about six minutes left in the third quarter and hobbled to the bench. He had the x-rays in the arena and got the bad news there, departing for the team bus on crutches before the post-game media session began. He missed 50 games last season with an injury to his other foot but was among Toronto’s best players before Friday’s mishap.“He went up for a rebound and I guess he came down funny on it and felt something and knew he was in trouble,” said Triano.
The Raptors can't replace Evans' rebounding, and will likely look to fill his minutes using a platoon of foul-prone Amir Johnson, over-the-hill Peja Stojakovic, and untested Joey Dorsey. Rookie power forward Ed Davis has been recovering from an injury earlier in the year and was recently sent down to the D-League  and could be another option down the line. However they try to plug it, the hole on the boards won't make for a pretty sight as the Raptors, with Evans, were in the middle of the pack in the Atlantic Division at 6-10. For his part, the tough-minded Evans took the news well, addressing Raptors fans and the city of Toronto on his Twitter account Friday night. "T Dot let's not feel sorry for me just minor setbacks for a major comeback," Evans wrote. "Let's Get Itttttttttttttttttt."
Posted on: September 21, 2010 2:03 pm
Edited on: September 21, 2010 2:08 pm

Ed Davis has surgery, out six weeks

Raptors rookie undergoes surgery to repair torn meniscus; fates may or may not hate Toronto.
Posted by Matt Moore

The Raptors can't win for trying. After losing Chris Bosh to the Miami Triad this summer, many people thought that the Raptors could contend for the worst team in the league . But as the summer's gone on, there's been a few murmerings about the Raptors possibly not sucking beyond belief. DeMar DeRozan, Sonny Weems, a bigger role for Amir Johnson, Andrea Bargnani playing more as a scoring post-player rather than trying to compliment Chris Bosh which was like trying to add a red accent to slightly darker red room. And of course, promising rookie Ed Davis, who looked tremendous in pre-draft workouts and great in summer league.

That plan has gotten off to a very rocky start. Davis injured himself in workouts a week ago. Then Raptors play-by-play man Matt Devlin announced that Davis had undergone surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee and would be out six weeks. That's simply terrible news, as a meniscus injury is the kind that not only can vary greatly in terms of recovery time, but also has a nasty habbit for causing long-term issues that hamper a player's ability to stay on the floor.

Six weeks means Davis misses training camp, the first real opportunity to work with the team and let coach Jay Triano see where he fits in the rotation. Six weeks means he may miss the start of the season and when a rookie gets left out to begin things, it's often more difficult for him to work his way in once the games start going.

It's another disappointing turn in a summer defined by disappointment for Toronto. Hopefully he can bounce back and this is the end of the Raptors' turmoil. We're headed towards the big asteroid scenario at this rate.
Posted on: August 2, 2010 5:26 pm
Edited on: August 2, 2010 5:35 pm

Offseason Reviews: Atlantic Division

Posted by Matt Moore

With only a handful of free agents left on the market and with summer league over, we thought we'd take a look at how teams in the Central Division did over the summer in negotiating their moves.


Boston Celtics

Added: Ray Allen (re-signed), Paul Pierce (re-signed), Marquis Daniels (re-signed), Jermaine O'Neal (free agency), Nate Robinson (re-signed), Von Wafer (free agency), Avery Bradley (draft), Luke Harangody (draft)
Lost: Tony Allen (free agency), Shelden Williams (free agency)

Philosophy: "Ain't broke. Ain't fixing."

We thought they were too old to win last year, and they pushed the Lakers to seven games, and had a lead deep in the second half. Shows what we know. So the Celtics have rolled the dice with the same core again, another year older, another year slower, another year wiser, and for all intents and purposes, have changed almost nothing about their approach in a year.

Sure, adding Jermaine O'Neal gives them a fourth big to slot in, and will give Kendrick Perkins the time he needs to recover from surgery. But after dancing with the idea of trading Ray Allen, the Celtics re-signed the sharpshooter, gave Paul Pierce a new contract and for better or worse, have decided this is the ship they're going to sea with. It's had a ton of success, and obviously they feel that if they were able to go as deep as they did this year, there's no reason to believe they can't do the same this year.

The critics will add that Chicago, New York, and most especially Miami improved, but the Celtics will respond by saying those teams haven't proven anything. There's only one team that matters to Boston, and that team has the ring. Until then, they will consider the rest of the East nothing but pretenders. As long as they stay healthy, they have that right.

Grade: B

New Jersey Nets

Added: Derrick Favors (draft), Damion James (draft), Anthony Morrow (free agency), Jordan Farmar (free agency), Travis Outlaw (free agency), Johan Petro (free agency)
Lost: Tony Battie (free agency), Keyon Dooling (free agency)

Philosophy: "In search of the meaning of Plan B'"

Man, what a letdown. They thought they had a shot at it all. Drafting John Wall. Signing his good friend, LeBron James. Building an empire in Brooklyn. Capitalizing on new owner Mikhail Prokhorov's wealth and power, minority owner Jay-Z's fame, and LeBron's game. It was all set up perfectly. And then one series of disasters after another occurred, and the Nets fell flat. Didn't even walk out with Carlos Boozer. Whiffed on every single one of the top flank free agents.

Don't get me wrong, Anthony Morrow is the steal of the summer. Great shooter, has upside, physical tools to be a better defender than he was in Golden State (like every Warrior). But Jordan Farmar means almost nothing to them. Derrick Favors is so raw he comes with a side of wasabi and ginger, and Johan Petro is... Johan Petro. Even with Travis Outlaw it's hard to see a plan in place, much less the execution of that plan. This team won't be as bad as it was last year, because it's almost impossible for them to. But it's hard to see them being much better.

Grade: F

New York Knicks

Added: Amar'e Stoudemire (sign-and-trade), Raymond Felton (free agency), Kelenna Azubuike (trade), Anthony Randolph (trade, Ronny Turiaf (trade), Timofey Mozgov (free agency), Andy Rautins (draft), Landry Fields (draft), Jerome Jordan (draft)
Lost: Chris Duhon (free agency), Al Harrington (free agency), Eddie House (free agency), Sergio Rodriguez (free agency), David Lee (sign-and-trade)

Philosophy: "Express yourself."

Stylin' and profilin', the Knicks are coming to town. This isn't the super-team Knicks fans hoped for, not even the contending team many expected given their cap space and market availability. In the end, the damage done by Isiah Thomas was just too severe (and sending him as your final LeBron pitcher? What's up with that?) But the Knicks' failures to land one of the Big 3 did mean they were able to concoct this roster, which is inconsistent, underdeveloped, and absolutely 100% interesting.

The idea of an Anthony Randolph-Amar'e Stoudemire pick and roll set is enough to send nouveau basketball philosophers into some sort of apoplectic shock. Meanwhile, Kelenna Azubuike gives D'Antoni the shooter he's been missing, and Turiaf brings some punch. This roster isn't perfect, far from it, but it's stocked with interesting, fun players, who can get up and down in D'Antoni's system. New York basketball may not be contending again, but it's going to be interesting. And that's enough to give Knicks fans what they want, to be relevant again. The real rebuilding starts here, and it's all around Amar'e Stoudemire. We're finally going to learn just how good Stoudemire is without Steve Nash.

Grade: B

Philadelphia 76ers

Added: Evan Turner (draft), Tony Battie (free agency), Spencer Hawes (trade), Andres Nocioni (trade)

Samuel Dalembert (trade)

"Making fusion with carwrecks."

If Evan Turner isn't a Top-5 player in the NBA in five years, this year looks way worse. Switching coaches, the Sixers still held back from a complete blow-up, not moving Andre Iguodala or Elton Brand over the offseason. Brand's value is non-existent, but he's going to have to go if the team wants to completely start over. Meanwhile, Ed Stefanski changed coaches to Doug Collins, who's been broadcasting for quite a while, and traded Samuel Dalembert for Spencer Hawes and Andres Nocioni, or "the Big White Cap Blanket." The Sixers may have hit a home run when they lucked into the No.2 overall pick in Turner, but if the lack of explosiveness he showed in summer league is more than just a lack of offseason conditioning, things could get worse before they get better in Philly.

Grade: C

Toronto Raptors

Added:   Ed Davis (draft), Solomon Alabi (draft), Linas Kleiza (free-agency), Amir Johnson (re-signed), Leandro Barbosa (trade), Dwayne Jones (draft)
Lost:   Chris Bosh (sign-and-trade), Antoine Wright (free agency), Hedo Turkoglu (trade)

"No way out."

The temptation will be to grade Bryan Colangelo and the Raptors organization for the mistakes of last summer, which came to hurt them last season and this summer. But that's not our goal here. Losing Bosh was a foregone conclusion, but they still have to take a hit for failing to convince him to stay, no matter how hard that would have been. But after that, Colangelo at least made the move that you have to make when faced with the destruction of everything you've worked for: set fire to the remains and collect the insurance. They traded Hedo Turkoglu and his massive new contract for short term contracts, and managed to get long-term assets in draft picks and trade exceptions from Miami for Bosh. They are committed to starting over, and though the money handed out to Kleiza and Johnson is not chump change, there's still a plan in place.

Expect for the rest of the Raptors to be moved to whatever degree they can be, while the team sees if it can rebuild around DeMar DeRozan and Sonny Weems, who seem to hold a lot of potential under the radar. Colangelo did not take on massive contracts of a subpar free agent outside of Kleiza's swallowable deal, and the Raptors have flexibility to make the most of their future.

The only question is if Bryan Colangelo will be around to be a part of that future.

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