Less than a week after the Toronto Raptors were dealt a huge blow by the loss of Chris Bosh to Miami, their general manager, Bryan Colangelo, struck gold by acquiring Tyson Chandler, Boris Diaw and Leandro Barbosa. All he had to part with are two players in Jose Calderon and Hedo Turkoglu that he had hoped to move this summer any way due to issues that occurred last season.
As an added bonus, there’s speculation Reggie Evans could be included in this deal as well.
Besides being able to unload Calderon and Turkoglu, this deal becomes that much sweeter because the team doesn’t need to touch the $14.5 million trade exception it obtained from the Chris Bosh sign-and-trade.
Throw in the fact Chandler’s massive $13 million per season contract expires after next year which combined with some other expiring deals will provide the Raptors with a large chunk of cap space for the 2010-11 offseason.
Besides the financial aspects, a healthy Chandler would be a huge boost for the team as it would allow Andrea Bargnani to shift over to power forward while giving the him some much needed shot-blocking assistance.
Plus, the team now has another veteran for their frontcourt in Diaw and their backcourt in Barbosa.
You can chalk this up as yet another brilliant move by Colangelo.