A little less than two years ago, Bryan Colangelo brought in three-point specialist Jason Kapono on a four-year, $26 million contract. He had, after all, won the three-point shootout at All-Star Weekend, so he had to be worth that dough. Two sub-par seasons later, Kapono is on his way to Philadelphia in return for another specialist, this one a rebounder. The Raptors picked up the Sixers’ Reggie Evans, he of the grabbing Chris Kaman’s nutsack incident, for Kapono in a deal that hopefully adds some much-needed toughness to Toronto’s frontline.
Not to badmouth Kapono — he came in and did what was asked of him — but he didn’t really do anything to make the team better. His outside shot was as advertised (though he could’ve helped by taking more threes instead of 20-footers), but anything he added offensively was negated on the defensive end. In two seasons in Toronto, Kapono averaged 7.7 points and won one three-point shootout, though it didn’t translate to anything that counted for his team.
In Evans, the Raptors get a veteran big man the does little more than rebound and grab loose balls (in every sense), which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In seven seasons with the Sonics, Nuggets and Sixers, Evans has averaged 6.9 boards in just 19.6 minutes per game.