Now that the Toronto Raptors have officially made their lone 2023 NBA Draft pick and brought Gradey Dick into the fold, the attention can shit wholly toward free agency. The Raptors need to improve, but so do fellow fringe teams looking to add difference-makers.
The Raptors may not have a history of being big movers and shakers in the offseason, but this campaign is an entirely different beast. Toronto has big names in the free agent miasma, all while many of the players already on the team are wrapped up in trade rumors.
No matter what happens in the next few days, the drama and intrigue surrounding this team is not going to die down one bit. In an Eastern Conference that is deeper than it has been in a decade, the Raptors need to raise some eyebrows if they want to contend.
Keep things here for a recap of all the craziness and shifting that is sure to take place. The Raptors may have their heart set on “running it back,” but time will tell if they can even accomplish that goal.
2023 Raptors free agents:
- Fred VanVleet
- Jakob Poeltl
- Will Barton
- Dalano Banton
- Jeff Dowtin (restricted, two-way)
- Ron Harper Jr. (restricted, two-way)
VanVleet and Poeltl are both going to cash in with very big eight-figure contracts, while Barton may need to sign for the veteran minimum and rehabilitate his stock. Banton, two-way standout Dowtin, and Harper will all likely return to the squad in some capacity due to their restricted status.
Raptors free agency tracker:
- The Raptors signed Jakob Poeltl to a four-year, $80 million contract, per Adrian Wojnarowski. Poeltl has a player option in the last season of his contract. The $20 million AAV is equal to what Nikola Vucevic signed with the Bulls this week and shows how much the team valued his defensive skills.
- The Rockets signed VanVleet to a three-year, $130 million contract that far exceeds what Toronto was trying to give him and makes him one of the highest-paid guards in the league. VanVleet’s legacy as one of the greatest players in franchise history is intact.
- The Raptors replaced VanVleet by signing Dennis Schroder, formerly of the Atlanta Hawks and Los Angeles Lakers, to a two-year, $26 million deal with the mid-level exception.