Wednesday July 15 2010 – 10:28am Eastern – Toronto, ON

So the Leandro Barbosa – Hedo Turkoglu swap has finally been made official and we can now dissect the trade and see what it means for the Raptors.

It’s honestly difficult to find any fault with this deal.  Toronto acquired a younger player (27 vs 31) – a cheaper player ($14+ million vs $43+ million) – that should fit in well with the young, athletic bodies Bryan Colangelo has assembled for Jay Triano and his staff.

Whether Barbosa starts or not remains to be seen.  But if he doesn’t, I don’t think it would be fair to look back on this trade and say:  ‘We swapped a starter for a 6th man’.  It’s more about the fit for this team, and Barbosa’s speed and versatility are better-suited for the Raps.

Turkoglu’s one-year saga in Toronto has been well-documented.  He came to the Big Smoke with a ton of fanfare and optimism (and expectations) and didn’t really live up to any of it.  Whether he was hurt, out of shape, uninterested or simply dealing with chemistry issues, there’s no other way to describe the last 12 months than:  failure.

However, I don’t believe Turkoglu is a bad person and I do believe that he’s far from washed up (like some have suggested).  In fact, he’ll probably flourish in Phoenix playing alongside a guy like Steve Nash.  He’ll be asked to rebound more but he’ll also have the chance to handle the ball and make decisions in the Suns’ free-flowing offence.  I wish Turk the best.

Barbosa had a disappointing 2009-10 season as well.  He played in just over 40 games and was ineffective for good chunks of the year.  But overcoming a wrist injury should not be a major concern for the Brazilian – or the Raptors.  I’m confident he’ll be able to regain the form he once had in Phoenix and provide some serious punch to Toronto’s line-up.  Let’s not kid ourselves, Barbosa is not an elite superstar in the NBA, but he’s a very good player that should be a wealth of experience and knowledge to the young core in T.O.

Dwayne Jones – who comes with Barbosa in the deal – is a mystery at this point.  Reports originally suggested that Jones was going to be flipped to Charlotte (with Jose Calderon and Reggie Evans) in the now-dead trade for Tyson Chandler and Boris Diaw.  It remains to be seen if Jones truly has a future with the Raptors or not.  If he is on the roster by the time Training Camp rolls around in October, I’d assume he’d fill the Patrick O’Bryant role of ‘depth guy on the bench that sees little-to-no-action’.

The financial ramifications of this deal – that I mentioned earlier – cannot be overlooked or underplayed.  Turkoglu’s contract was considered by many to be immovable.  Well, Colangelo got rid of that $43+ million, didn’t have to give up a draft pick or even cash considerations, and got a solid player (Barbosa) in return as well.  But the savings Toronto will now reap should give them a ton of cash to play with in 2 seasons when Barbosa expires and the following year as well, when they would have still be paying Turk more than $12 million.

Holes still remain on the roster, so Colangelo can’t be done.  There will be more trades (and signings?) coming.  But this trade is certainly a step in the right direction for the Raptors.

E. Smith

14 Responses to “The Deal Is Done”
  1. 1.

    Do you see Barbosa as a Rap starter, along with
    Jack, Bargnani,
    and Amir Johnson ?

    - Chas
  2. 2.

    Now that this deal is done, I asked all Raptors fans to pray (whatever your religion is) and hope that this is a good deal and that this will work out (unlike the Jermaine O’Neal and Turkoglu deal)And wish that this Raptor roster will bring us to the playoff and more.

    And please no more Negative vibes!!! and no more hating.

    Let’s go Raptors!

    - JACQUI
  3. 3.

    finacially it makes sense. I think turk would of been better this year, with bosh gone and jose on the way out, but in the long run its a good deal

    - Carts
  4. 4.

    Jacqui has suggested a good slogan for this season’s Raptors:

    ” Raptors Have A Prayer”

    Anyone think Kleiza could be a starter ?

    - Chas
  5. 5.

    OK, Smitty. You’ve said plenty of gut splittin’ things over the air during the past couple years…but, lately I notice you’re starting to push the envelope a bit!!

    And I quote…”The female race has seen better days than the two of these…”????????

    Honestly, Eric…I nearly drove off of Willowdale Ave., when I clutched my stomach in gut-splitting laughter. Did you really say that???

    Seriously, one of the funniest on-air quotes I have heard in a very, very long time.

    I’m gonna miss those beauties :)

    - brento.
  6. 6.

    I like this deal a lot. I have always liked the way Barbosa goes out and playes the game. He is a true basketball player. Heart, hustle and soul.

    I was thrilled last season when Turk got here, but I have since soured on him. Anyone can play basketball, but few have the opportunity to get paid for it. I would gladly have sit on the end of the Nets bench last yeaar for the league minimum. Turk seemed to overvalue himself and underappreciate the opportunity he had here in Canada. Perhaps he will wise up like Mighty Mouse and regret his failings.

    Regardless, I am exicited as ever for this season after watching the Summer League game last night vs. NY. Lots of hustle, (on three seperate occasions, with the Raps at the line, they managed to fight for the rebound and get another chance), sure it’s summer league, but thats some incredible effort. Like what I saw form Joey Dorsey. Hopefully he can turn his Summer League leading 11.5 rebounds a game into some PT under Triano.

    Demar DeRozen showed some unexpected flashes of leadership. Maybe with the “leaders” of the team out of town, he can develop a little farther than originally anticipated.

    - T.J.
  7. 7.

    Hey Eric,

    Was doing some digging and found these quotes from Bosh, from March 28, 2010 (right after the Miami games):
    “There are so many possibilities and scenarios, with guys staying with their own teams and trying to get other guys [to sign]. You have to look at combinations and possibilities of what could happen.”

    And this:
    “The money is going to be the same, no matter where I go,” Bosh said. “It’s about winning. I’m finishing my seventh year. Contending for a championship is all I want. I never made it past the first round. I just want to be a contender.”

    Remember that up to that point, he had been saying that he wanted to be on a team where he would be “the man”. What changed that day? Did he dine with Riley and Wade the night before?

    Found this interesting.

    - Carlos
  8. 8.

    good to know you don’t hate everything i say or write brento, haha

    glad i gave ya the laugh. glad you kept the car straight too!

    - Eric Smith
  9. 9.

    It’s never about hate, Eric. You know that. This whole blog thing isn’t exactly real life, is it? Just a way for us almost middle-agers to vent without implications :)

    But, seriously…that was a classic. Even Jack seemed surprised to hear it and tried to respond but was at a loss for words.

    And, coupled with the near-interrogating manner you started out your line of questioning with Bosh — you seemed to have turned over a new leaf.

    Just a bit late ;)

    - brento.
  10. 10.

    incredible !!!

    Brento wrote a post without bashing Colangelo ….INCREDIBLE!!!

    - Niel
  11. 11.

    You knew the writing was on the wall after Hedo’s disappointing first season. Not showing up to camp in playing shape hurt his progress. Going to a bar instead of resting his ailments was another red flag. However shooting off your mouth and asking for a trade sealed his fate.
    Bye bye, Hedo. Don’t let the revolving door hit your butt on the way out.

    - Carlos
  12. 12.

    wow… managed to move hedo AND not get bad-mouthed by brento?!?! i think i woke up in some strange dimension. =)

    - ty
  13. 13.

    Ty — why is it Bryan Colangelo gets far more credit for dumping horrible signings than he does for signings that actually help the team?

    I’m amazed at how many fans believe BC is a genius because he knows how to correct his errors so well. Totally amazed.

    I can’t imagine that was his goal when his papa helped him become an NBA executive. Do you?

    - brento.
  14. 14.

    Brento – oh make no mistake, i’m far more disappointed with BC than i am impressed. i’m not showering him with kudos for moving hedo, i’m just amazed that someone else actually took on that terrible contract. i wouldn’t be surprised if he had to collect on personal favours owed to him to pull it off.

    and i was just sharing in smithy’s gladness that not everything you post is uber-negative. nice change. =D

    - ty
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