With the current iteration of the Toronto Raptors surprising everyone outside of the team itself, we may have to rethink the future 2021 cap space strategy.
The Toronto Raptors were heavily written off before the start of the 2019-20 NBA season. Now, with a 42-18 record under their belt, a franchise-best win streak of 15 games, and currently standing pat with the Eastern Conference's second seed, people galore are repeating (even if a bit sarcastically) the cheesy phrase, "Never underestimate the heart of a champion."
Yet, the Toronto Raptors did surprise us all. They are performing a proper championship defense and even a once-maligned Kyle Lowry is beginning to earn the credit he deserves from the national media. With some parallel leaps from Fred VanVleet and Pascal Siakam, it seems that the Toronto Raptors were far greater than just No. 2 and the boys from the season before.
Now, with that said, the initial feelings of building towards a forecasted retooling in 2021 with cap space could potentially be a bit contrived. To ultimately decide whether or not this plan should still be a focus, we need to navigate the muddy waters of cap space, figure out what will some upcoming free agents garner in 2020, and lastly what we can expect in terms of growth from the current roster.
With those three things properly sussed out and navigated, there is actually an interesting and surprising conclusion for the Toronto Raptors' future. If all goes as well as it should, the conclusion just might further mythologize Masai Ujiri and Bobby Webster and leave us with our tongues out, wagging with delight.