Lunchbox Links: Trade Deadline Edition

The rebuilding Toronto Raptors got even younger on Tuesday by acquiring second-year forward James Johnson from the Chicago Bulls for a first-round pick in this year's draft.

So, if you're keeping score at home, Bryan Colangelo has turned the trade exception the Raptors received in the Chris Bosh transaction into James Johnson, Jerryd Bayless, Alexis Ajinca, a future second-round draft pick and some long-term salary relief. Whoa! Slow down there, big fella! Are you trying to win a championship or something?

Colangelo still has about $9.1 million of the Bosh exception left if he has more deals in mind either between now and Thursday’s 3 p.m. deadline or before the exception expires in early July. Not that Colangelo is asking, but I think this guy would significantly improve the Raptors' wing defense.

Of course, the Raptors will probably end up trading for the likes of Danilo Gallinari. A front court of Andrea Bargnani and Gallinari would probably shatter the team record for fewest rebounds in a game.

In the latest edition of Statophile, Tom Liston of Raptors Republic doesn't see a lot of great trade assets on the Raptors' roster. Liston also gives the final word on Amir Johnson's contract.

TSN's Tim Chisholm asks why does it seem like in the Colangelo era, the Raptors are forced to make big, franchise-altering decisions at the worst possible times?

ESPN's TrueHoop blog has compiled the latest trade reports.

Joakim Noah will return to action in Toronto on Wednesday after missing 30 games because of thumb surgery.

Check out Ed Davis' ranking in Arturo Galletti's rookie progress report.

Which former Raptors rank among the best players ever to be traded midseason?

Speaking of former Raptors, Charles Oakley disses Toronto fans. Antoine Wright and Jerome Moiso are teammates in China. Mark Jackson's brother died. And Jarrett Jack makes an incredibly dumb decision.

Buzz Bissinger is probably racist and definitely wrong about the NBA's popularity, according to the Score's Scott Carefoot. Here's the original post that inspired Carefoot's response.

Don't underestimate Isiah Thomas' grip on the Knicks.

NBA coaching volatility versus Jerry Sloan.

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