Keeping Chris Bosh: Why Toronto dealt Jason Kapono for Reggie Evans
Yesterday, Toronto began what promises to be a busy off-season be trading three-point specialist Jason Kapono to the Philadelphia 76ers for undersized power forward Reggie Evans. Every move the Raptors make will be made in hopes of convincing franchise face Chris Bosh to pledge his undying loyalty and sign a long-term extension instead of testing free agency …
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Breaking News: "Jason Kapono’s days as a Toronto Raptor are over. Kapono has been traded to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for Reggie Evans. Evans, a 6-8 power forward, averaged 14.4 MPG with 4.6 RPG and 3.3 PPG over his 79 games last season with seven starts." (TSN.ca)
Our Very Quick Analysis: The remodelling has begun.
Yesterday, Toronto began what promises to be a busy off-season be trading three-point specialist Jason Kapono to the Philadelphia 76ers for undersized power forward Reggie Evans. Every move the Raptors make will be made in hopes of convincing franchise face Chris Bosh to pledge his undying loyalty and sign a long-term extension instead of testing free agency.
With this in mind, acquiring Evans, a reserve with limited offensive upside, was mostly symbolic. Still, a few points are worth noting.
First, Toronto has started to revamp the wing-spot. Last year, the club received limited production from its twos and threes and something had to be done. So, Kapono, the struggling sharpshooter, is out. Shawn Marion likely heads elsewhere as an unrestricted free agent, while Anthony Parker, who is also without a contract, only returns as a backup.
Expect GM Bryan Colangelo to go after an athletic swing who can create his own opportunities. This became an issue when the organization opted to keep the steady Jose Calderon over the explosive T.J. Ford.
Second, Evans, even if he’s a second-stringer, brings some much-needed muscle to the roster. After all, a Bosh-Andrea Bargnani frontcourt is heavy on skill and light on toughness. Evans immediately boosts the club’s interior defense.
Third, money always matters. Acquiring Evans saves the Raptors three million dollars over the next couple of seasons. This seems insignificant. However, in a tightening free agent market, each penny counts and could help the club upgrade their talent.
For now, everything in Toronto revolves around building a solid supporting cast to convince Bosh to stay, even if he tests free agency next summer. Kapono for Evans is just the start of the remodelling. Expect further changes. And soon.