Toronto Raptors offseason roundtable: Best move, worst move, and what’s still to come

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Grade the offseason – not docking team for Kawhi’s departure

Mike Bossetti: B+

Maybe I am just an easy grader, or maybe I just like the Raptors pieces a lot more than the rest of the roundtable, but I thought this was a pretty good offseason for Masai Ujiri and company, considering the circumstances.

They had almost no money and were forced to wait until free agency was basically over before they could pivot and make moves. The team didn’t rush into a decision on Lowry, Gasol, or Ibaka. Although, I’m sure they’ll reevaluate that at the trade deadline.

They didn’t do anything spectacular, but there wasn’t a spectacular move to be made.

Thomas Valentine: C+

It’s been fine, there’s been nothing to shout about and nothing that really makes me want to cry, so that’s always good. I’d give it a solid C+ or a B- if you really wanted it. No franchise-altering moves have happened after Kawhi so you’re just left to really start again, and it’s been fine.

Vimal Sivakumar: B-

Maintaining the understanding that Toronto was in an inopportune financial position, their offseason gets a B- from me. Bringing on relatively clear “development projects” in Stanley Johnson and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson was a solid move. Understanding the Raptors track record in developing young talent, it makes the offseason even better.

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William Ricks: B-

For the offseason, I would give the Raptors a B-. They did sign some intriguing pieces, and they have a good amount of their key players from last year returning to the roster. It will be interesting to see how the new additions fit in with the rest of the team. I’m not sure if these pieces will put the Raptors in the championship conversation, but we shall see.