Toronto Raptors Offering 8th Pick and Ed Davis for Philadelphia 76ers Andre Iguodala

7 06 2012

By Matt Moore | Senior NBA Blogger

Andre Iguodala to Toronto Raptors
The Raptors are shopping for a wing like Andre Iguodala. (Getty Images)

The Toronto Raptors have gotten a 5-15 draft pick the past five years. That spot is chock full of tweenerf forwards at that spot, again. They don’t need any more tweener forwards. They need an impact player. They’re ready to go forwad. Which is why they’re looking to trade their No. 8 pick for an impact player, according to ESPN:

And that’s why the Raptors have already made it known to rival teams that their lottery pick on June 28 — No. 8 overall — is available to a trade partner that can provide the elite small
forward they seek, according to sources close to the situation.

With a slew of league execs
having converged on Chicago this week for the NBA’s annual pre-draft camp, sources told ESPN.com that the Raptors have at least two known trade targets: Memphis swingman Rudy Gay and Philadelphia’s Andre Iguodala.

via Sources: Raptors shopping pick for forward – TrueHoop Blog – ESPN.

This makes a world of sense for Toronto. They’re essentially getting their star rookie by bringing over Jonas Valanciunas from Europe, their top pick from last year. With what’s on the board, they’re in a position to add a major player. Read the rest of this entry »





Sixers Acquire Kopono

9 06 2009

From Doug Smith of the Toronto Star:

“Addressing a need for frontcourt toughness and dealing away a disappointing free-agent acquisition, the Raptors made a trade today, acquiring Reggie Evans from the Philadelphia 76ers for Jason Kapono.

League sources say the trade will be officially announced this afternoon.kapono_allstar_getty_260

Evans, a 6-8, 245-pound power forward, is considered one of the more physical players in the league. Toughness is an aspect of the game Toronto has been lacking for years.

While he’s not an offensive threat – averaging just 3.3 points per game last season with the Sixers – his rebounding average of 4.6 boards in just 14 minutes per game should earn him some playing time with Toronto.

Kapono, one of the top three-point shooters in the NBA, never really found a niche with the Raptors, who signed him as a free agent before the 2007-08 season. The 6-8 Kapono averaged just 8.2 points per game and shot only 42 per cent from three-point range last season.

The deal also gives Toronto some financial flexibility.

Evans is owed $4.6 million next season and $5 million in 2010-11 on his contract.

Kapono’s deal will pay him $6.2 million this coming season and $6.6 million the season after.”