Raptors, 76ers Swap Kapono and Evans
Raptors prez and GM Bryan Colangelo announced the move this afternoon. From Doug Smith of the Toronto Star: "We're changing the dynamic of our club with this move," Colangelo said. "This obviously addresses a few areas of need. ... [The Sixers] probably had too many bigs and we probably had too many finesse players."
It's worth noting the move will help Toronto save a few bucks (Kapono has two years and $12.6 million left on his contract; Evans, two years and $9.6 million), but like Colanglo says, this deal helps both teams balance their roster.
Evans averaged 4.6 rebounds in just 14.4 minutes a game last year -- his average per 36 was 11.4, which would have ranked second on the Raptors last year behind last-season acquisition Pops Mensah-Bonsu (14.1 per 36 in 19 games). Andrea Bargnani and Chris Bosh are extremely talented but undeniably finesse players. Evans, on the other hand, is the very definition of a gritty banger, outworking and out-muscling opposing big men in the paint despite frequently giving up several inches.
As for the 76ers, they've been desperate to add a legitimate three-point threat for sometime now -- they finished the 2008-09 season ranked dead last in the NBA by shooting 31.8% from beyond the arc as a team. Kapono, meanwhile, has shot 45.4% for his career. Both teams should improve from this trade.