The Raptors should be an example to us of how to build a better team

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  1. Natebishop3

    Natebishop3 Don't tread on me!

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    A year ago they had the best record in the East. They had the coach of the year. They had one of the best backcourts in the league.

    They were swept by the Cavs in the second round.

    So what did they do? They fired their coach of the year. They took a massive risk and traded their All-Star guard for a guy who is going to be a free agent this summer. They shook things up.

    They're now going to the NBA Finals and I think they have a very good chance to beat the Warriors.

    They did the opposite of what this team continues to do, and they're reaping the rewards. But let's just climb right back onto that treadmill. Maybe things will be different next year. Maybe Terry will figure out how to beat the trap. Maybe we will learn how to defend the pick and roll. Maybe we will get a wing that doesn't completely suck. Maybe.... maybe....
     
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    You think if they were in the west the result would be the same? We will find out soon enough it they can beat the Warriors. GS will put Green on Kawhi. How does the rest of the team match up?
     
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    LeBron left the East...
     
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    So if the Bucks had won, we should do what they did?

    Or do we wait to see who wins the title and do whatever the winning team did?
     
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    Too soon. Let’s see how they do against the Warriors before we decide if they’re that much better than the Blazers. And let’s see if Leonard sticks this summer before we decide that this is team building and not just a one off.
     
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    This Toronto team wouldve easily beat last years Cleveland team.
     
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    EL PRESIDENTE "NO COLLUSION"

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    Fire Stotts and hire an unknown?
    Trade Lillard for Davis?
     
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    Possibly, but LeBron seemed to have their number, plus if for some reason LeBron was still on the Cavs, he would have pulled off some trades and it wouldn't have been the same Cavs team.
     
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    One name.

    Kawhi.
     
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    With what assets?
     
  11. Natebishop3

    Natebishop3 Don't tread on me!

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    Actually I would have loved to have traded CJ for Kawhi last summer....
     
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    Natebishop3 Don't tread on me!

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    Yes. And I think if we had traded CJ for Kawhi we would have beaten Golden State.
     
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    No idea and not worth looking into because it didn't happen, but he always made trades.
     
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    Natebishop3 Don't tread on me!

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    Both of those teams have made significant trades and kept adjusting their team until they had great success. But specifically I think the parallel between our team and Toronto fits pretty well, no?
     
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    Well who knows, but the Blazers managed to turn Nik Stauskus, Baldwin and 2nds into rotation players, so its possible they find a way.
     
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    A rotation player that we could very likely not see on our team next year.
     
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    That may be so, and maybe we couldn't get Kawhi, but the risk that the Raptors took is really what I'm pointing to. Trading an established player who was happy in Toronto for a guy that very well might leave after this year (but probably not.)
     
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    We got swept out of the fucking Western Conference Finals. Making that playoff run without our second best player. We should try to keep things as close to the way they are as possible and run it back with a healthy Nurk. Don't get me wrong if NOLA wanted CJ for AD strait up I'd do it but outside of something ridiculous like that, I want to see what this team can do at full strength.
     
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    I'd take CJ for Jrue Holiday, straight up.
     

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