- A 2009-10 WP48 of 0.140 or above, with three exceptions (which I will explain below)
- A Wins/$Million ratio of 0.5 or above, with three (technically 5) exceptions (which I will explain below)
- Shouldn't be older than 30, with one exception (which I will explain below)
- Can't be considered a "star" (from a media standpoint)
Why should all the players on the list have a Wins/$Million ratio of 0.5 or above? Much less than that and the Raptors won't get good value for their money. The Raptors are over the cap and need to find some inexpensive talent.
Why not older than 30? After 30, players have a tendency to fall of a cliff in terms of production. The younger the player, the better.
Why not a media "star"? If they are considered "star" talent they will be hard to trade for. The players on this list shouldn't be all that difficult to obtain through trade.
With that out of the way, here is the list, sorted by Wins/$Million:
Now, onto the exceptions:
- The three players on the list didn't manage a WP48 of 0.140 or above last season, and they are James Singleton, Jonas Jerebko, and Taj Gibson. Jerebko and Gibson are rookies who will probably improve (and are on very cheap contracts). Singleton has a history of performing much better than he did last year (although he is starting to near 30). Regardless, all would be welcome additions to the team.
- The three players who didn't manage a Wins/$Million of 0.5 or above were Andris Biedrins, Andrei Kirilenko, and Tayshaun Prince. Kirilenko and Prince are in the final year of their deals, and as such, have extra value. Any trade involving those players would save some long-term money. Biedrins is a different story - last year he was injured and didn't play his usual number of minutes. Biedrins is very productive, plays centre (bonus), and will only be 24 next season. If the Warriors are dumb enough to let him go (and they probably are) he would be a very valuable player.
- The one exception to "don't trade for anyone over 30" is Nazr Mohammed. Last season Mohammed was very productive (WP48 of 0.199) for the Bobcats, although I don't expect him to reach that level again this year; he will probably fall back around 0.100 next season. But he does have a one year contract and plays centre.
Here are the Raptors guards:
I've ordered them from most tradeable (top) to least tradeable (bottom).
Barbosa is rather expensive and isn't likely to contribute very many wins next year. He has a reputation as a productive player and should be easy to trade. Banks isn't expected to play many minutes or be very productive, but he has an expiring contract and could prove to be useful to a team looking for cap relief. DeRozan is a young, exciting player who should improve next season. Unfortunately, he probably will still be a below-average player. Teams looking for young athletes with "potential" and "upside" may be interested in him.
Kleiza is a bit of a mystery because his contract details haven't been reported yet (as far as I can tell). He's probably signed to around $4 000 000 - $5 000 000, and at his rate of production that's somewhat reasonable. But the Raptors need to obtain more players with WP48s in the 0.140 or higher range; if he must be traded, then so be it.
Jack has a very reasonable contract and is rather efficient. Weems is close to an average player in terms of production, but he is in the last year of a very inexpensive contract and shouldn't be traded. Calderon - despite the rather large contract - is a very efficient player. If he can stay healthy, he will be well worth the money.
None of these are rumored - or even likely - I'm just throwing them out there, in no particular order:
- Barbosa to Bobcats for Nazr Mohammed
- Trade exception to Warriors for Andris Biedrins
- Banks and Jack to Warriors for Biedrins and Reggie Williams
- Barbosa to Cavs for Anderson Varejao
- Banks, Reggie Evans, and DeRozan to 76ers for Andre Iguodala
- Jack, Evans, and DeRozan to Bulls for Luol Deng and Taj Gibson
- Banks, Evans, and DeRozan to Pistons for Tayshaun Prince and Jonas Jerebko
- Banks, Evans, and DeRozan to Kings for Samuel Dalembert
- Evans, DeRozan, Jack, and Wright to the Kings for Samuel Dalembert and Omri Casspi
- Calderon, DeRozan, and Wright to the Magic for Jameer Nelson and Marcin Gortat
- DeRozan to the Blazers for Rudy Fernandez and Jeff Pendergraph
- Calderon, Banks, and Evans to the Jazz for Andrei Kirilenko