The Toronto Raptors picked up their second win in a row and their second win since Patrick Patterson, Greivis Vasquez and John Salmons all arrived in Toronto as their haul for the Rudy Gay trade that caught the NBA a bit by surprise last week. It seems like the Raptors might be settling in for a bit more success and better direction without Gay on the roster.
One of the direct results of trading Gay is obviously that it frees up salary to help this team build for the future. Also in regards to their future, though, getting Gay out of the picture allows them to develop young talent and focus more on their youth. However, that’s not been happening entirely over these first two games.
On Friday night as the Raptors took on the Chicago Bulls, second-year wing Terrence Ross played only 24 minutes and, though he shot just 4-12 from the field, played decently as he put up nine points, six boards, four assists, one steal and one block. However, the newly acquired Salmons played 28 minutes off of the bench, largely in lieu of Ross.
Perhaps I’m missing something here, but what good does playing a 34-year-old guy who only really impresses when he’s in a contract year over a player with a ton of potential that needs experience and polishing do the Raptors? If you’re asking me, I don’t think it does this team a bit of good at all.
Ross has shown flashes of being a worthy lottery pick, but has also been inconsistent, something that I largely contribute to his lack of experience. With Gay out in Toronto, getting him experience in a now less-crowded wing rotation should be less of a problem. Now all that needs to happen is for the Raptors to realize that Ross is their better option here for the present and their future instead of playing Salmons.