Mar 21, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Caron Butler (2) falls as he is involved in a loose-ball foul with Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry (7) as guard Nando De Colo (3) tries to pick up the ball at Air Canada Centre. The Thunder beat the Raptors 119-118 in double overtime. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

A new POLL: re-signing Raptors free agents

 

Apr 30, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors guard Greivis Vasquez (21) on the bench in the final minutes against the Brooklyn Nets in game five of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at the Air Canada Centre. Toronto defeated Brooklyn 115-113. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Apr 30, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors guard Greivis Vasquez (21) on the bench in the final minutes against the Brooklyn Nets in game five of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at the Air Canada Centre. Toronto defeated Brooklyn 115-113. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Rapture Nation, early July is a critical time for every NBA team, as the new contract year of 2014-2015 officially commences. Teams can negotiate with, and sign, or re-sign, free agents. On June 28, the Toronto Raptors did the expected by tendering qualifying offers to Restricted Free Agents (RFAs) Greivis Vasquez, Nando De Colo and Patrick Patterson. Our team has right of first refusal should any other team tender an offer sheet to one of “our” RFAs.

Kyle Lowry is a UFA, or Unrestricted, meaning he can sign with anyone and the Raptors can’t do diddley about it. For this poll, I’m adding Kyle to the RFAs.

Imagine you’re in Masai Ujiri’s war room, and the clock is ticking. You and our GM are arguing over which free agents we’re willing to keep, and which ones we’re not. We don’t have an unlimited budget, as no team should spend its way over the salary cap (which we won’t know before July 10, just to add more guesswork to the process) before the season starts. If a team does overspend, it won’t have the wiggle room needed to make critical in-season decisions. Trust me on this, or read about the Collective Bargaining Agreement if you’re suffering insomnia.

[20-second timeout: Here are the Raptors' salaries from the season just ended. I'll leave it to you consider whether any of our RFAs are being offered raises, which we'd have to match or lose them, by those wretched teams trying to steal our guys.]

We have to make up our minds. Let’s assume all of our RFAs have received offer sheets from other teams, and we know there will be a blizzard of them for Lowry. Welcome to the Devil’s Advocate Poll – who don’t you want? You can dump 1 or 2 – or none.

Which Free Agent should the Raptors NOT re-sign?

  • Are you nuts? We've finally got some depth! Sign them all! (58%, 78 Votes)
  • Nando De Colo - doesn't do anything noteworthy (25%, 34 Votes)
  • Kyle Lowry - he'll be offered $40M over 3 years from somebody, which we can't afford to match (9%, 12 Votes)
  • Patrick Patterson - there's lots of guys like him we can find for much less money (4%, 5 Votes)
  • Greivis Vasquez - he's 27, & too slow for PG (4%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 134

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