Sounds like Bryan Colangelo is shopping TJ Ford. By some reports, he’s looking to ship Ford, their 17th overall draft pick and a couple players to Indiana for Jermaine O’Neal.
I must say that this seems like a good move for the Raptors. The TJ-Jose dilemma has been segregating Raptor fans for quite some time. Jose Calderon is a nice player. He doesn’t have Ford’s ability to quickly penetrate but Calderon proved a lot in Ford’s absence.
He proved that he could run a team. He showed that he could hit the outside J — a weakness since he arrived in the NBA. He’s also proven that he can effectively peer-pressure teammates on their sports drink choice.
He is considered to be the long-term solution at point guard. So instead of inflaming an already volatile situation, the Raptors look to switch once-promising, second-tier, All-Star-cusp players with the Pacers. Moving a somewhat redundant player to place a talented big man next to Chris Bosh is smart.
So, the Raptors could potentially start Calderon, Anthony Parker, Jamario Moon, Jermaine O’Neal and Chris Bosh. Whenever I watch Bosh, it seems as though he plays the 5 more than anything. But is this because his skill-set is more suited for that position? Or is it because the Raptors centers are Nesterovic, Primo Brezec and Kris Humphries?
One may be a little schizophrenic, position-wise, when your 5′s are serviceable at best. Nor does it help when Andrea Bargnani, your fellow “power” forward, would rather hoist 25-30 footers than keep their feet in the paint.
Jermaine O’Neal had the same position identity crisis until Jeff Foster got significant burn. What would Sam Mitchell do with O’Neal? Will O’Neal adhere to the teachings of another demanding, tough, Rick Carlisle-esque coach?