As we play out the final month of the 2011-'12 NBA season, we take a look at each franchise. Who emerged, what went wrong, what lies ahead. A look at post season chances, long term potential and upgrades possible in this summer's NBA draft. We continue in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference with the Toronto Raptors.
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Bargnani in and out of the lineup made for another lost season. Leandro Barbosa was sent packing to Indiana, clearing the way for Jerryd Bayless to get quality minutes. A Bayless-DeMar DeRozan backcourt could be something to build upon. Jose Calderon is nice trade bait, I am surprised he wasn't moved at the deadline. Ed Davis had every opportunity during Bargnani's injury, but was consistently, inconsistent.
The Raptors are more than $15 million under the cap, but haven't had much luck in the free agent arena outside of international players.
Again picking in the lottery, where do we start? Help offensively on the perimeter would be nice, how about Connecticut sophomore shooting guard Jeremy Lamb. How about Turk power forward Furkan Aldemir?
Toronto has not used its amnesty clause and there are no clear cut candidates.
The Good: .Another lottery appearance with the chance to get lucky. Bayless has shown signs and DeRozan would be greatly benefited by a three that could stretch the floor. James Johnson is a nice, well rounded combo forward that would be a nice contributor for a contender.Amir Johnson is everyone's fantasy sleeper and he too would be a nice rotational piece on a contending team.
The Bad: Bargnani is playing out of position at center and is beginning to show signs of being injury prone. Barbosa was given away to Indiana, but was walking either way at season's end. Calderon would be a nice piece on a team on player away, Toronto needs to move him while his value remains high.
The Raptors have ten players under contract for the 2012-'13 season. Jeryd Bayless has a qualifying offer for just over four million. Toronto has a team option on center Solomon Alabi.
Andrea Bargnani, Solomon Alabi
Amir Johnson, Linas Kleiza, Gary Forbes, Ed Davis, James Johnson
Jose Calderon, Jerryd Bayless, DeMar DeRozan
Julian Wright, Aaron Gray, Jeremy Lamb, Furkan Aldemir
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