Over the summer so far, the Toronto Raptors have completely obliterated their chances at winning in 2013. New general manager Masai Ujiri has taken it upon himself to set his squad up for success starting next summer when free agency really gets interesting.
First up, they dealt Andrea Bargnani to the New York Knicks — which was actually a necessary move — to clear his contract out of the way. Bargnani has been nothing short of a bust since being the first overall pick in the draft back in 2006. It seems all the Italian could ever do was shoot. There’s never been any sign of defense or rebounding from the seven-footer.
Secondly, the Raptors moved DeMar DeRozan to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Kendrick Perkins on Thursday. DeRozan was one piece they never wanted to get rid of in the first place, and in return they got a guy who has totally fallen off over the past two seasons in Perkins. What was the point of this move? I have no idea.
Amidst the chaos, their one proven star still on the roster has decided to take a positive attitude toward this next year. Small forward Rudy Gay tweeted this week that he was looking forward to playing a full season with the Raptors. Why? I have absolutely no clue.
Lookin forward to playing a full season with the raptors
— Rudy Gay (@rudygay22) July 3, 2013
If Gay is truly excited about playing for Toronto this year, he has to be out of his mind. There’s no one excited to play for the Raptors this year. They are going to be horrendous, and quite frankly, Gay could be moved sooner or later as well — a move he should be praying to happen.
Maybe Gay is looking forward to being the face of the franchise, at least for now. Toronto literally has no one else other than maybe Kyle Lowry who is considered a legitimate player in the league. If his ultimate goal was to be the face of a terrible franchise in an even worse market, that goal could be coming true in 2013.