Raptors insider: The NBA trade deadline is complicated by injuries


There are those in the highest ranks wild birds Management who thought it would take 20 games or about a month out of the season to figure out what the team is, what it needs and how the pieces fit. Then they can start to figure out what specifically needs to be done.


Good luck with that.

Not only are injuries, illnesses, and absences spoiling the short-term, they also spoil long-term plans.

Today it is impossible to fully say who can handle what responsibility and where the cracks are located in the foundation. This makes it difficult for Bobby Webster and Masai Ujiri to start the often long process of working out trades that will ramp up when they need to.

It’s happened in two private conversations over the past few days: They don’t know enough to take informed steps.

The 20-game mark is generally accepted throughout the league as the time a team takes full inventory and the end of November marks the unofficial start of the trade season.

The birds of prey aren’t quite sure what to do.

Take, for example, a case Gary Trent Jr., Which represents the best business assets in Toronto. He’s got a manageable contract, around $17 million a year that he can come out of this off-season to chase a longer-term, bigger-money deal. Bird’s rights would be tied to him if he was dealt with – giving the team that gives him the ability to re-sign him without regard to a salary cap, that has real value these days.

But what is it?

There are people in the organization who think he’s best suited as an offensive energizer off the bench – a role I can’t agree would suit him best – and Nick Nurse has been criticized this week.

“We’re going to make his shots and get his points but we want him to be down (defensively),” said a nurse. “It kind of suits us if it does, and if it doesn’t, it doesn’t suit us.”

Now, the mitigating circumstances are that Trent is injured and sick and hasn’t had teammates around him who would allow him to thrive. He had three steals Wednesday against the Nets.

All this is real and has a direct impact on the absences that have accompanied the team since opening night. But if the Raptors are considering either a lineup change or moving Trent in the pack for a bigger, stronger, more experienced version of himself, there’s no evidence to suggest it would be a wise or reckless move.

as much as The injuries were alarmingthe Raptors are 9-9 and definitely not of anything in the combined Eastern Conference behind Boston and Milwaukee.

No, the biggest problem that happened in the first quarter or so of the season is that he didn’t give the front office anything to properly base their decisions on and that’s what frustrates them the most.

iron man (kind of)

Surviving with a flood of infections and a dangerous flu bug decimating birds of prey for weeks, there is the point.

The only player to appear in all 18 games of the Raptors is OG Anunob And I’m not sure many saw that coming given its history.

The upper echelons of the organization have always considered that the 25-year-old could really be a special player, especially defensively if he could stay on the field.

They were right.

It has been Among the best defenders in the league So far – he would be in the Defensive Player of the Year conversation if that conversation were taking place today – and his offensive game is developing well.

In a season of disappointment and turmoil, the coaching staff and management in particular are over the moon with their game and availability at night.

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Talk with a front office person who has been in the league for a long time about the state of the organizations.

It’s been basically a discussion about how often, or rarely, teams have full practices or even shootings these days. They are often held or canceled at the discretion of the players.

If vets don’t want to get up too early on the road or don’t want to fully exercise on non-weekdays, that’s generally what happens.

“The inmates run the asylum,” he said.

savvy knows

appreciation for Thad Young grow.

Played in his 1,100th NBA game on Wednesday against Brooklyn (the only other active players with more are LeBron JamesAndre Iguodala and Chris Paul) and Young for the achievement thereafter.

I wasn’t there personally to hear that answer but I would certainly nod in agreement if I had been.

He said, “There’s no telling myself I’m a professional, it’s just who I am as a player, it’s who I am as a man.” “No matter what situation does and doesn’t happen, I only know one thing and that’s to work. Put my head down and keep grinding, keep working and keep making sure I do the things the Toronto Raptors brought me here: to help these guys keep going.” Shout out and keep getting better as a group.

“But, also, when it’s time to tackle… I do the job to the best of my ability, and while I do my job, I’ll be able to show you this is how we should play basketball, and that’s how the game is played.”

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