Posted by: Jeremy | November 20, 2010

Colangelo shakes it up, brings in Stojakovic


Stojakovic brings 1,714 career three-pointers and one slick haircut to Toronto

From Eastern Conference cellar dwellers to contenders for the 2003 Western Conference championship. Raptors fans, there may just be hope after all. Bryan Colangelo went out and made a little deal this afternoon, sending Jarrett Jack, David Andersen and Marcus Banks to New Orleans for Jerryd Bayless and Peja Stojakovic’s expiring contract. A little cap relief with the bearded Serbian’s $15.3 million deal coming off books after the season, but nothing of much significance other than a reminder that the Raptors are nowhere close to being a good team anytime soon.

Stojakovic, a three-time All-Star with the Kings from 2002-2004, averaged a career-best 24.2 points per game in 2003-04 but didn’t do much to warrant the five-year, $60 million contract he signed with the Hornets in 2006. He played just 13 games his first season and averaged 14.3 points over his 219-game tenure, including just 7.5 in six games while falling out of new coach Monty Williams’ rotation this season. It’ll be seen exactly what role Jay Triano decides to use the 33-year-old in, but don’t expect much other than Stojakovic being a potential trading chip come deadline time, with teams looking to stock up in the off-season potentially seeing some value in his disappearing contract.

In Bayless, the Raptors get a third-year point guard that hasn’t exactly lived up to the expectations that came with being grabbed 11th overall in the 2008 draft. In two years with Portland, he averaged 6.8 points and 2.o assists per game before being dealt to New Orleans for a conditional pick this past summer. At 6’3″ and 22 years old, he’ll likely back up Jose Calderon, who figures to slide into the starting point guard slot with Jack out the door in the deal.

Jack, meanwhile, heads to the Hornets in the second year of the four-year, $20 million deal he signed last July. Sure, he was as advertised in his stint in Toronto, but it became pretty clear late last season and early this that the Jack-Calderon pairing wasn’t exactly the formula for success Colangelo & co. were hoping for. Personally, I’m good with Calderon back in the starting lineup, where I’m hoping increased minutes will force him to rediscover the game that almost made him an All-Star three seasons ago. In 10 games this season with the Raptors, Jack averaged 10.8 points and 4.5 assists, down from 11.4 and 5.0 in about the same minutes in 2009-10.

In Banks, Toronto loses an expiring contract of its own, with just the final year remaining on the five-year, $21.3 million deal he signed with Phoenix in 2006. For the little talent he had, I didn’t mind Banks — he accepted his role, was good with young players and was actually serviceable when called upon, regardless of whether it was as a rotation guy (rarely, albeit) or in the final minute of a blowout (more often than not). Andersen, who was picked up in a trade with Houston over the summer, didn’t really have enough time to leave an impression, averaging 5.1 points and 3.1 rebounds in 11 games.

So there we have it. A shakeup, but little more than a change of scenery for five players that weren’t likely to have much of an impact in their previous situations, with Jack the only possible exception. If it means money to play with after the season or a potential improvement come deadline time, you can count me with those in favour. Let’s see happens, though!

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  1. Colangelo shakes it up, brings in Stojakovic « That's what I'm ……

    Here at World Spinner we are debating the same thing……

  2. […] Raptors, playing shorthanded with Peja Stojakovic and Jerryd Bayless still en route after yesterday’s trade, picked up 29 more from Andrea Bargnani, though his two boards and fourth quarter disappearing act […]


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