The fact is this team was not good enough with CB4 to contend in the East, while we had an impressive run in the middle part of the season, that was against poor competition. When the going was tough, at the start or when games mattered more at the end this team was not good enough. Simply we were not tough enough. Games in the nba are decided by a few key possessions, whether it is not converting on a 2on1 that leads to an opponent 3pointer, or turning down an open look and then having to force one at the end of a clock to allow the team to build momentum. The fact is all these players are good but what really separates these teams is toughness and leadership. Those two qualities the team lacked, to paraphrase a quote "In the nba teams play like their best play while in college they play like their coach." The fact is at this level the teams leadership and toughness come from their best player and waht he demands of his teammates, what did bosh demand? While I will not deny he is a great player, he is not a winner, like gasol he needs someone to push him and pull him towards the ultimate goal, he is not a front runner. Fortunately for him DWADE is, so like I've told people for years, Bosh is a championship #2 guy on a team.
But as for the raptors, if we get Michael Beasley back, are we really that badly off? While Beasley does have his off court issues, he still has tremendous upside and would be a restricted free agent, meaning we could get him back. Would a youthful core of Beasley, Derozan, Bargs and Jack be that bad. All 4 players would be under 27 with derozan and beasley just in their 20s. The biggest problem for the raptors is Calderon and Turk, these two contracts are going to kill us and limit our flexibility. If we could move either for flexibility that would be a huge advantage. Calderon to NY makes sense to me, maybe targetting David Lee or even to get flexibility. Or another idea would be Turk+Davis +pick to the wolves for Al jeff. The wolves seem dead set on getting rid of Al Jeff because Love and him cannot play side by side, and this would give them a wing which they would never be willing to sign along with Davis and a pick. While Al Jeff is a risk, I feel that him and Bargs would compliment each other much better than Bosh and Bargs.
However, the one big thing I feel Toronto Raptor fans have overlook is we still haev Derozan, and while his rookie year was not as spectacular as VC or Damon, it was still very good. He was solid, should good patience and athleticism and a better mid range shot than I expected. If he extends his range out to the 3point land and works on his handle he has the athleticism to be a real impact player. While the glass may seem half empty because we are losing Bosh if we can snag Beasley it may be in fact Half full. The rebuilding process would be started with two exciting wings in DD and Beasley, a young big in Bargs and a tough young pg in JJ. While that is no championship team it is the base if we can keep it together like the Thunder have, and add a few pieces, we may not have a Kevin Durant but how many teams do? If one of our young guys can develop into a true leader we may find out we are better off without Bosh, but it may mean a couple of painful years.
Either way, GO RAPS GO!