3 Players who earned new contracts with the Toronto Raptors

The Toronto Raptors will be negotiating new contracts with a number of players this summer. These three players earned new contracts with the team.
Immanuel Quickley, Toronto Raptors
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No. 1: Scottie Barnes

Scottie Barnes is about to get paid.

That was far from a sure thing a year ago, when Barnes was coming off of a shaky second season. Then he broke out in a major way this past year, taking the reigns of the offense and all-but-forcing the Toronto Raptors to treat him as the franchise cornerstone. When they traded OG Anunoby and Pascal Siakam, they prioritized getting back players that would fit well around Barnes.

The 22-year-old forward made his first All-Star Game and would have been in the down-ballot mix for All-NBA if he had not fractured his hand and missed too many games. He averaged 19.9 points, 8.2 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game, while also having a career year from 3-point range, hitting 34.1 percent of his 4.9 attempts.

On top of the offense, however, Barnes was a monster on defense. He averaged 1.3 steals and 1.5 blocks per game and was an eraser of hopes and dreams rotating from the weak side. He looks like a player who will be challenging for All-NBA and All-Defense spots throughout his prime.

Barnes is eligible for a rookie contract extension this summer and can negotiate all the way up to the max. It seems a given that he and the Raptors will agree to a max deal; the negotiation will come with the frosting. Will Barnes get a player option? Will Toronto negotiate down the "Rose Rule" sliders that increase his contract if he makes an All-NBA team next season?

Expect Barnes to secure the bag.

Prediction: Full 5-years, $225 million // $269 million if he makes All-NBA

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