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"Pass the OJ...

because I got juice, I lay more chicks than mother goose."  Alright I don't, but that was a classic line.  Thank you to a very young Tom Green.

OJ Mayo is not thriving as a bench player in Memphis. The development of Gay, Conley and Marc Gasol has made his scoring much less important.

Should the Raptors make a play for this guy?  Could they get this guy?  I would say yes on both counts.

Since OJ Mayo is not really playing well or contributing for Memphis right now, and more importantly, I think they would deal him if the right package came along.  I think the Raptors could put together such a package...I have used my imagination to come up with such a package...

How about completing a simultaneous two part trade since the TPE and players can't be dealt together.  That's what Brian Colangelo did when he made the trade (trades) with New Orleans.

1)     Use the TPE plus the Miami pick in exhange for Marco Jaric and OJ Mayo.

That would save Memphis a ton of cash, and get them a chance at a player next year.  The trade would leave a scoring void on their bench though.

Hello Leandro Barbosa...

2)     Deal The Brazilian Blur for Hasheem Thabeet and DeMarre Carroll (expiring).

Unlike OJ Mayo, Barbosa is accustomed to coming off the bench.  Despite being drafted extremely high, like DeMarre Carroll, Hasheem Thabeet's production would not be missed.

OJ Mayo would give Toronto that young dynamic scoring guard that we are hoping either DeMar DeRozan or Sonny Weems will grow into.

This way we have some choices as for what to DeMar and Sonny.  Obviously we could resign Sonny and keep them both along with Mayo.  Or we could trade one of them if it would land something useful. 

Hasheem Thabeet does not seem likely to figure things out, and would likely just be overpaid this year and next.  You just never know though....Athletic 7 foot 3 players are pretty rare.  I would be willing to overpay him for a year and a half while the Raptors are expected to go nowhere.

If the light were to suddenly turn on for Hasheem Thabeet like they recently have for Darko Milicic, he could even become the most valuable part of the deal.  That's very unlikely, but I could live with just getting OJ Mayo. 

 

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