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Thursday, July 4th, 2013 at 10:00 am  |  32 responses

Rudy Gay Looks Forward to Full Season With the Toronto Raptors


As expected, the Toronto Raptors balked at the Detroit Pistons’ low-ball offer for Rudy Gay. The forward tweeted on Wednesday night that he’s excited about playing a full season in T.Dot: “Lookin forward to playing a full season with the raptors.”

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  • Zabbah

    I’m also looking forward to a full Gay season in Toronto.

  • Lloyd

    Here’s to maybe squeezing into the playoffs and a first round exit!

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Bet my buddy that the Raps make the playoffs this year.

    I feel like with the Celts’ and Sixers’ intentional tanking, and Josh Smith most likely leaving the Hawks, there’s about 5-6 teams that have a decent shot at seeds 6, 7, 8. I know it’s hard to make predictions because it’s early, but what are your thoughts(on those final playoff spots)?

    Wizards/Cavs/Bucks/Raps/Pistons?

  • Dagger

    You know what’s funny and not at all overdone? Gay jokes.

  • Zabbah

    you know what’s gay? you.

  • RKJ92

    We will be 9th seed and just miss the playoffs even as a Raptor purist we just aren’t a playoff caliber team yet.. if we make it to the 8th seed its not because we earned it, its because GOOD teams gave away their teams in order to land Wiggins, Parker, and Randal. Your bet is seriously a coin toss, we will get around 36 wins this year. 36-46 record mark my words.

  • Dagger

    I may be completely wrong, but I have a suspicion that Uriji wants to see what he has with this roster next year, after shedding some of its most repulsive contracts. If things don’t work out I think he’ll ditch Casey and head into the following season with Gay’s expiring contract. I suspect he’ll tank only then, after converting Gay’s contract into some draft picks. It’s not the worst strategy: so many teams will tank next season that 1) the Raps should easily earn a playoff seed, and 2) tanking won’t guarantee a top pick and a future star.

  • Ricky Martin

    You’ll get traded to the Wolves for the best starting lineup in the world…to pronounce.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    I agree with you in that whoever snags that 8th seed will basically be there by default. By no means to I feel like the Raps are a good team, but they may have just enough talent to edge out some of the younger teams.

  • Dagger

    Hey, they were a .500 team with Gay last year, and they went on a nice winning streak at the end of the season. Also, I wouldn’t be surprised if some of their young talent improves next year. Provided tanking is not an option, the Raptors might not even play the Heat in the first round, if they make the playoffs.

  • Sajjatam Tp Kulsomboon

    Trade for Rudy. Trade for Ramon Sessions.

    Gay Love Sessions.

    And you said Tim Hardaway supports gay marraige. PHTTT.

  • BIGAL#13

    HAHA Stop Thisss

  • Guest

    lol

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    True, if Jonas can consistently stay out of foul trouble, I can see him being a 14 and 9 guy next season.

    What worries me about the Raps is that Gray and Acy are the first two “Big Men” off of the bench (although Fields and Gay can contribute at the 4 for stretches) and Valanciunas and Amir are extremely foul prone…that, coupled with the fact that we don’t have a backup pg at the moment (Lucas and Bassy won’t be on our roster next year) kinda worries me.

    Excited to see what we can do after purging a lot of dead weight qnd bad contracts.

  • spit hot fiyah

    yeah i thinks so too, unless a very good deal comes along then ujuiri will be listening. but he wont tank just to do it and accept something like detroit’s offer that was almost offensive. lowry is key to me in their situation, if he can regain his pre-injury/illness form, they can make a little noise.

  • RKJ92

    Be honest with yourself, no team tries at the end of the season unless its a playoff team trying to get homecourt advantage that’s why there was a streak. Like I said we will finish 36-46 whether that earns us a playoff spot, or not is up for interpretation; to me it’s a 50/50 chance we make the 8th seed nothing more.

  • RKJ92

    To share.. Jonas will be hovering around 14ppg yes.. don’t expect too much though as he is still very foul prone and has hard times staying in the game; his rebounding rate should be around 8-9. Expect Aaron Gray, and Quincy Acy to be riding the pine hard with Ujiri carefully watching over Dwayne Caseys every move.. The Raptors will most likely be running small ball lineups such as the Miami Heat with Gay playing 40+mpg as our PF, while Amir and Jonas switch between center, and even slide into PF themselves if Gay needs a breather.
    Bassy is our long-term backup (unfortunately) till we draft or trade for a new pg as Lucas has already been released from the team by Ujiri. This team is pretty much in the flux of a completely different atmosphere, and playing style. Look for chemistry inbalances, and youth to be our downfall looking into pushing for that 8th seed in the east.
    Next year will be our year for a playoff push, this year is all about learning how to play together, and acquiring the right pieces to fill our roster.
    Raptors final record for 13/14: 36-46

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    I’m all for playing “small ball” when you have either an elite rebounding 5 who is also an interior presence(Asik with the Rockets or Tyson Chandler with the Knicks) or sliding and elite rebounding/post defending 3 like Lebron.
    Although Jonas will be a solid interior presence, he’s not gonna be a dominant defensive force yet (and he will struggle to stay on the floor due to foul trouble as we both noted), and Gay/Fields don’t have the strength/grit to play the 4 for extended periods of time.
    Like you, I truly hope Gray and Acy stay glued to the bench, but I see Gray getting 15-20 minutes per with the current roster we have.

  • RKJ92

    I know they can’t, but i’m saying Dwayne Caseys ass is in the hotseat baaadddd right now, and I don’t think he will have the balls to give Aaron Gray minutes.. As for Jonas he is a scrub defensively *RIGHT NOW* he has all the tools to become great defensively but that will take years to develop.. I stand by my 36-46 record because of all these issues.

  • Lloyd

    With teams tanking and the Raps trying their best with this current lineup, I see us at BEST 6th seed. If we can’t get that, then a parting of ways is definitely necessary. How deep is the draft two years from now?

  • Caboose

    Cats got Big Al now, throw them into 8th seed contention too.

  • Dagger

    Hard to say of course – a lot can still change – but there are some intriguing prospects in the pipeline. Probably won’t be as strong as the next draft, but from what I’ve read it could be worth tanking for.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Wow! Just saw that.

    Bismack
    Jefferson
    MKG
    Henderson
    Kemba

    With BG (for now), Mullens, Zeller, and Sessions off the bench. That roster can definitely make a case for the playoffs.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    At the end of the day, I think we’re both agreeing that the Raps are gonna be a sub-500 team middle-of-the-pack team that will be a first round exit at best and a 9th or 10th seed at worst.

  • Lloyd

    For a little bit of basketball philosophy here: if a team loses when they’re expected to lose, is it considered tanking? *sigh*

  • RKJ92

    Yes <3

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    LOL man, commenters need to post more hearts on this site!

  • MikeC.

    “I also look forward to being a Free Agent” he may or may not have said.

  • MikeC.

    A few yrs ago, T-Hard wanted to Bo Outlaw the Gay Love Sessions.

  • wha ha happened

    liar

  • MackAtttack

    I’d be extremely happy with the Raptors in the playoffs. Rudy Gay finally has a fresh start and should flourish running the wings with Lowry and DeRozan, not to mention BARGNANI’S GONE!

  • RKJ92

    Hahaha people are to homophobic here, I could care less though xD

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