May 4, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) comes off the court after a loss to the Brooklyn Nets in game seven of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at the Air Canada Centre. Brooklyn defeated Toronto 104-103. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

What does next season’s Raptors roster look like?


May 4, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors forward-center Amir Johnson (15) reacts after fouling out against the Brooklyn Nets in game seven of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at the Air Canada Centre. Brooklyn defeated Toronto 104-103. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

 

“The king is dead – long live the king” Medieval announcement of death of the monarch, and the simultaneous ascension of his replacement, thus ensuring continuity and discouraging insurrection

The Raptors season ended abruptly, and the new one has begun. This “season” of course is not on the playing floor, but in the boardroom, where General Manager Masai Ujiri must concern himself with who’s staying, and who’s going. We’re going to offer him some help.

KEEPERS

  1. Kyle Lowry
  2. DeMar Derozan
  3. Jonas Valanciunas
  4. Amir Johnson
  5. Terrence Ross
  6. Greivis Vasquez
  7. Patrick Patterson
  8. a really hot draft pick

NICE TO HAVE

  1. Nando De Colo
  2. Tyler Hansbrough

THANKS FOR COMING OUT

  1. John Salmons
  2. Chuck Hayes
  3. Landry Fields
  4. Steve Novak

KICK BUTT IN SUMMER LEAGUE, AND WE CAN TALK

  1. Julyan Stone
  2. Dwight Buycks

HELPFUL FREE AGENTS

  1. ?
  2. ?

See how easy that was? NOT…This is the NBA, not fantasyland. Let’s get real.

ON SOLID GROUND

  1. DeMar DeRozan
  2. Jonas Valanciunas
  3. Terrence Ross

LIKELY TO BE WINED & DINED FOR MONTHS, AND POSSIBLY GONE

  1. Kyle Lowry

WE’VE GOT CONTRACTS, SO WE’RE HERE WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT, UNLESS YOU CAN TRADE US (NOT BLOODY LIKELY)

  1. John Salmons
  2. Chuck Hayes
  3. Landry Fields
  4. Steve Novak

 

ON THE BUBBLE (i.e., NON-GUARANTEED or QUALIFYING-OFFER CONTRACTS), SO WE CAN BE DISCARDED LIKE YESTERDAY’S NEWSPAPER

  1. Amir Johnson
  2. Greivis Vasquez
  3. Tyler Hansbrough
  4. Nando De Colo

EVEN GREAT PERFORMANCES IN SUMMER LEAGUE LIKELY WON’T HELP (THERE’S NO ROOM)

  1. Julyan Stone
  2. Dwight Buycks

WHO KNOWS?

  1. a really hot draft pick, but realistically the #20 pick may not crack the big team’s roster; likewise our two second-rounders. Will all of these guys get parked in the D-League?

Now that I’ve restated the situation facing Masai in this fashion, I hope it’s all too clear how tricky his task of improving the Raps will be this off-season. Everything he does hinges on the decision of Kyle Lowry. If he re-joins our team on a 3-year deal (let’s say), our appeal to free agents just increased by about five hundred percent. If he succumbs to the blandishments of other teams, we’re in terra incognita.

We’re not done with this topic by a long shot, but we’ll stop for now.

 

 

 

 

Tags: Masai Ujiri Toronto Raptors

  • Guy

    Firstly, if Salmons isn’t traded, he can be waived by June 30th & it will only cost $1 million. In other words, one way or the other, he’ll be gone.

    Second, In the space of a few months, Ujiri traded both Bargnani & Rudy Gay, so I don’t see how can say Hayes, Fields &/or Novak couldn’t be moved. Hayes & Fields will both be on expiring deals &, as a legit 3pt threat, Novak will always have some value.

    In fact, this is where a contract like Fields’ could really come in handy if a team is looking to move a big name player.

  • Newmarket_Brian

    Hi Guy:
    I didn’t know that about Salmons – can you verify? I’ll try to do the same; watch for another comment if I find something more definite. The NBA CBA – where my braincells go to die.
    I hear you about Masai moving Bargs & Rudy, but trying to trade the other guys may be like swapping six eggs for a half-dozen. I don’t hate the guys I named; I simply don’t think they are ideal for the money. However, one more year of bad contracts isn’t disastrous if our young guys improve.
    Thanks as always for commenting, and I look forward to seeing more about Salmons’ deal.

  • Jensan

    The issue of Salmons is a 1 million dollar buyout the same for Hansborough. Both will be gone. Bucyks and Stone are gone replaced by the number 1 pick (Warren or McDaniels) and 1 – 2 nd Round pick for $450,000 which will be the best #3 guard, and therefore Nano De Colo should be gone and a savings of his renewal.

    So now the question is as follows: DD, Ross, JV and Lowry resigned for Stef Curry monies (4/44- starting at 9.83 million ). The question is do sign a SF – Ariza or Deng for 3-45 million,or do offer Gasol 3 plus team option 4-60 million. If you sign Gasol you don’t require Amir or PP, it is one of the other. The luxury tax is 76.6 projected for 2014/15.
    Gasol playing 31 minutes- (20 at PF and 11- Center), JV playing 26 minutes, Johnson playing 22 minutes and PP playing 17 minutes. That is pretty close to the figures of last year, figure 15 minutes of small ball Johnson and PP where AJ plays half his time as C.
    You are up against the Luxury Tax, but you have depth.
    Lowry, DD, Ross, Gasol, JV – 41 Million , Vasquez, 1st Round Pick, Novak, PP and Amir Johnson- 19 million dollars. Bench – Hayes, Fields, and 2 Round Pick( 3 rd Point Guard)- 12.7 million dollars. 2.65 Million for buyouts and Camby.
    Total 76.3 Million dollars, you are at the luxury tax, but that is what you want to be at for a 2nd Round Playoff team in the East. Banging the boards, Mentor with Gasol, leader with Lowry. Team remains intact except for a 18/10 starter being added. Lewiecke bring it home.
    Gasol has a better chance of being in the NBA finals here in Toronto, and the tax situation is better in Canada than in California, buy Gasol a sunlamp, because there is no sun from November to April in Toronto.

    • Newmarket_Brian

      Hi Jensan:
      Well done!
      Thanks for commenting.

    • Frank Rollo

      Deng turned down a 3 year 30 million dollar with the bulls so getting him for that price is out of the question. Tim Lieweke said they are willing to go into luxury tax at the the right moment so thats encouraging.

  • Frank Rollo

    Deng would be a Solid pickup and a good fit for this team. He plays great defense, Solid rebounder and does all the small things like set screens, take charges, gets through screen, great at positioning himself on the floor and has that never give up attitude like a lot of guys on our team. Only problem is he turned down a 3 year 30 million dollar extension the bulls offered him earlier this season and he may grab more than that in this free agent market.

    • Newmarket_Brian

      Hi Frank:
      There’s a lot of interest among readers in pursuing Deng, so I’ll take a look at him. However, I think you’re on the right track when you suggest he’s going to be out of our price range.
      Watch for a post on Deng in a week or so.
      Thanks for commenting.

      • Frank Rollo

        Thanks for the reply. It would be great but he may indeed be out of our price range.

        • Newmarket_Brian

          Tim Leiweke has said he has prepped the MLSE board to expect a call for more money, explicitly referring to the luxury tax. The only caveat is he needs to convince them the Raps are ready to win big. Whether he wants to make his case based on the acquisition of Deng is hard to know, although I suspect not.
          There’s a long way to go on this roster business.

  • Jensan

    3-45 does not equal $10 million a year. Deng did himself no great favors in Cleveland, yes the team improved incrementally, however his effect did not galvanize a team to achieve the playoffs, this does earn you $15 million dollar paydays.

    • Newmarket_Brian

      Hi Jensan:
      Yes, Deng’s flop in Cleveland is a blot on his record. The Cavs had a golden opportunity to push past the Hawks and into the playoffs, but couldn’t do it. So much for veteran leadership.