There is a news report by the Orlando Sentinal that the Orlando Magic are denying a rumour that a trade has been finalized (are you following all that?) sending Dwight Howard, Jameer Nelson and Hedo Turkoglu to the Lakers and Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol and, possibly soon to be former Raptor, Jose Calderon to the Magic.
If the Magic are publicly denying this rumour, that can only mean one thing. There is obviously some truth to it.
Even if this trade doesn’t go through, you have to think that Calderon probably should keep his passport handy. This rumour also makes me wonder what exactly the Raptors were supposedly getting back. My guess is a first round pick and cap relief. While I’ve always been a defender of Calderon, if this rumour (and that’s all it is at this point) is true , it would make me pleased to see the direction that Bryan Colangelo is steering the team. When it came out that the Raptors were in the running for Wilson Chandler, I thought it was nice that a free agent was considering Toronto, but I also wondered why the Raptors would do that. It struck me as one of those moves we’ve seen so much in the past of Raptor’s history, trying to keep the Raptors competing, rather than contending. That’s nothing against Wilson Chandler, who is a fine player and should be a welcome addition to a playoff team, but Chandler is, quite frankly, not much more than a mediocre player who would bring a few more wins to a team that should be focusing on the race to get Anthony Davis (who showed this weekend, again, why he might be the best big man to come out of college since Tim Duncan…
I expect the bottom feeders, once they really start examining Kentucky’s Anthony Davis, to really think about what winning this year’s lottery will do for a team. The Kentucky center is the most polished true big man, even with only one season under his belt, to come out of college since Tim Duncan. Maybe since David Robinson. Shaq, powerful as he was coming out of LSU, wasn’t as polished offensively as Davis is. This kid isn’t just a game-changer, he’s a franchise-changer.
Speaking of Davis, I’ve heard some Raptor fans say they should target a guy like Michael Kidd-Gilchrist or Harrison Barnes, because the Raptors don’t need another power forward, but they do need a small forward. To me, that’s absolute nonsense. More than anything, the Raptors need a great player. When your best player is a borderline All-Star big man who is still a below average defender and rebounder, you need greatness, not to fill a position.
I’ve been a fan of Gilchrist since before he added the “Kidd”, but if it’s a choice between the two, I take Davis everytime because he’s simply going to be a better player. Doing otherwise would be stupid.