Monday , Jun , 14 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Timing terrible for Colangelo and Raptors to unload Calderon, Jack, and Turkoglu

Meanwhile, the Raptors are not just sitting around. Rather, Colangelo is shopping Hedo Turkoglu, Jose Calderon, and Jarrett Jack with an eye toward making trades before July 1. The same source told me that a Turkoglu trade was already in the works and could happen by the draft.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call … Bryan Colangelo, the Toronto Raptors’ GM, has a unique skill: he admits mistakes and takes action.
 
The two-time Executive of the Year doesn’t bother with should have, could have, or would have; he simply cuts his losses and moves on.
 
This management philosophy has worked before. While working as the Phoenix Suns’ head suit, Colangelo quickly realized Stephon Marbury was a time bomb and traded the troubled guard and his max’ contract to the New York Knicks for cap space. He then used that cap space to sign Steve Nash and Seven Seconds Or Less was born.
 
Other times this approach has been a wash. A couple of years ago, Colangelo acquired Jermaine O’Neal. However, it soon became evident the former All-Star wasn’t regaining his past form, so O’Neal was dealt to Miami for Shawn Marion, who was mediocre in a half season in Toronto.
 
There are other examples, but you get the idea. Colangelo doesn’t waste time when things sour.
 
Well, this summer he doesn’t have a moment to waste. Literally. Reports indicate the Raptors are looking to get several mistakes off their books at once.   
 
This is the closest Colangelo will come to admitting his vision for the Raptors was flawed and has failed. How else should fans interpret the news he wants to part with Jose Calderon, Jarrett Jack, and Hedo Turkoglu?
 
Weren’t these the GM’s guys? Weren’t these the players to turn Toronto into an Eastern Conference contender? 
 
Calderon was Colangelo’s pick to start at point guard. The organization overlooked his defensive limitations and fragile body, signing him to a five year, $45 million pact.
 
When Calderon couldn’t handle the load, Colangelo signed Jack, the competitive combo guard to a five year, $20 million contract. 
 
Of course, his biggest blunder was Turkoglu. Months after leading the Orlando Magic to the NBA Finals, the Turkish swing was handed a five year, $53 million package by Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE), the wealthy holding company that owns the Raptors.
 
Turkoglu’s year in The Big Smoke was a disaster. He arrived at training camp looking like a Euro’ version of Oliver Miller, played poorly all year, and was more interested in clubbing than basketball. Then he demanded a trade.
 
Clearly, Colangelo must put in work. Only his timing couldn’t be worse.
 
After all, the era of big ticket contracts is gone. In this economy few teams can afford to trade for eight figure problems. And the ones that can are hoarding cap space to sign free agents.
 
And this is also the summer of 2010. The organization is supposed to be consumed with one thing: Chris Bosh’s highly publicized free agency.
 
Colangelo has to bring back his franchise face or score the best possible package in a sign-and-trade. Either option won’t be easy. And either option will affect Toronto for years to come.
 
Yet, he’s instead investing considerable time and energy on cleaning up his mistakes: Calderon, Jack, and Turkoglu.
 
Colangelo must right things this summer. Or the powers that be within MLSE will, perhaps, consider his hiring a mistake.
 
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