Woj is on it:

More as this develops

Update 1

He’s being flipped, along with a 2nd rouder, for the unguaranteed contract known as Diante Garrett (~$900k) who is about to lose his job.

According to my back of the envelope calculations, this gives Masai more money to work with this offseason. With only Gravy left to sign, looks like he’s going shopping for a small forward; hopefully :)

Update 2

The important numbers to understand as per the chart below:

~$7.6m away from the luxury tax (see sheet 1)

So, for example, they can sign Gravy to a $4.5m deal, and still have the entire mid-level exception to play with #noddingheadinagreeance

Then, he can pull Nando’s QO (~$1.8m), cut Buycks (~$800k) and Stone (~$950k), then win the internet with another ~$3.5m shaved off the books (see sheet 2)

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  • BraLLer

    Masai clears some cap space. I wonder what’s up his sleeve??

    • Matteemo

      Clears some cap space and equally important, a roster spot

  • Matteemo

    For who/what?

    • BraLLer

      Dionte guy, sg. Expected to be waived. His salary is 900k approx.

      • Matteemo

        Nice just read that too, you outta assume there’s another deal in the works

  • Jordan

    Getting the unguaranteed contract of Diante Garrett, who will be waived.

  • NameMatters

    Traded away asset for little cash relief? Hope at least a future 2nd round pick is involved…

    • ac1011990

      Ever since Masai’s been here all of his trades have been in our favour, this is the only trade where it’s even I guess. Casey did not know how to use Novak, this was probably going to be the best deal we could get for him anyways.

    • Will

      You realize we’re the ones giving up the second round pick, right? We’re giving them the pick so they’ll take over Novak’s contact.

      • Alex Vostrikov

        that’s what I call…reading between the lines. lol

  • robertparish00

    Wow, too bad it never worked out in TO. I don’t think Casey knew how to use that specific skill set. Win-win on both sides.

    • feylines

      can’t figure out why utah wants novak…

      • jjdynomite

        The same reason they want Gordon Hayward to be their “centrepiece”… like Stockton before him.

        • Louvens Remy

          Bahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

  • Jordan

    It’s Novak and a 2nd for Garrett, who will be waived. Pure salary dump.

  • DDayLewis

    Now using the Mid-Level becomes a real possibility.

    • Ginko

      who is available in the small forward position. I assume Deng is still out of reach?

      • DDayLewis

        Unless another salary dump trade happens, Deng is a really, really long shot. As is Ariza.

        My guess is Rashard Lewis (~2 million/1 year) or Vince Carter (8 million/2-year)

        • jakdripr

          Is either of them good defensively though? I mean isn’t the main objective finding a wing that could guard the Joe Johnsons of the league?

          • Ginko

            al farouq aminu?

            • DDayLewis

              Ehh, you’ll quickly find that he’s not much appreciably better than Landry Fields.

          • DDayLewis

            Vince Carter is good defensively. Lewis is below-average.

          • Bryan Colangelo

            Vince has the size and strength to prevent Joe Johnson types from posting up at SF, yes.

        • Louvens Remy

          Rashard Lewis should never ever ever ever be mentioned for this team. He’s slightly better than Novak at this point. I’m down with Vincent Lamar.

      • hummingbirdattentionspan

        Kris Middleton for Diante would be dream

        • DDayLewis

          Diante will be waived once the trade is official.

      • BramptonCanadianProspects

        Gordon hayward, chandler parsons

        • Ho Tep

          We need a Steve Novak type, someone to hit the deep three. Wait…

  • jakdripr

    I wonder who Masai is eyeing in FA.

  • http://partytimedjservices.ca Shawn L

    possibilty of bringing vince back

  • johnnnnwallll

    He’s bringing Vince back home!!!!

    • Chewwy No Matthew

      I hope not. Vince torched his home many years ago.

      • DC

        He had some justification for wanting out. Not handled well by either side. Could you get over it if it would fill a need on the team, mend fences, AND improve Toronto’s image in the league?

        • Mexiballer

          It could be very problematic if things dont go well. Why take a chance.

          • DC

            Because the potential reward/risk ratio is high!

            • Mexiballer

              Its not from my perspective. High risk/limited potential. Having said that…as a marketing scheme I could see the whole country getting crazy involved with the news that Vince Carter is back and making a playoff run. But it could also turn bad and ugly as there are many fans that would be waiting to pounce and boo if he faltered.

            • Rap fan 2

              Vince is still a serviceable three. He could be a key contributor in the playoffs. He’s was pretty good for Dallas this season. The other main thing that Vince Carter provides is some marketing clout. He’s still a big Raptors icon from the past. It will come in handy when they host the NBA All Star Game.

              Is Luol Deng still available? Masai may have some ties with Luol.

              • Xtremenator1

                I’d rather have Vince over Deng. I just don’t see Deng fitting in with the mentality or chemistry of this team.

                • Mexiballer

                  Hmmm. I think the the opposite.

                • Andrew Joe Potter

                  Deng is literally known to be one of the best lockerroom guys in the league and on the floor, he does a little bit of everything. Doesn’t need to be the focal point of the offense or defense, just puts his hardhat on and comes to work every day. He’s also 8 years younger than Vince.

                  Which is why we have a better chance of signing Vince; Deng has simply priced himself out of our market with his abilities and intangibles.

                • Mexiballer

                  Not to mention he plays great defense and shoots the ball so well. He would be a great fit here. Just to expensive unfortunately.

        • Guest

          No.

      • johnnnnwallll

        He built the home lol. I don’t know about u but I’ve forgiven Vince

  • Feather Ruffler

    I know this makes sense but man I thought Novak was a great teammate. Wish him the best.

    • Jerry Garcia

      I thought Steve was a class act….leadership on the floor…always communicating. Wish him the best !

      • caccia

        Yes, and it is much the better for Novak. Coach Casey had no idea how to use him–never ran any plays for him–and his talents were being wasted. Good luck, Steve! We appreciate your hard work and effort!

  • feylines

    masai is running the raptors like i would if i had a cheatcode to make other gms do whatever i wanted

    • hotshot

      Casey’s second favorite son is now gone!!! yes swallow your pride and play Fields as substitute. I love this power play by Masai.

      • Xtremenator1

        I think Fields is next. He’s a good worker, but too injury prone and his contract is way above his abilities.

        • CJT

          Does having one serious injury make him injury prone? Seems like a bit of an exaggeration.

        • cdub

          how is he going to trade Fields? maybe some team will want his expiring contract at the trade deadline….maybe

          • DanH

            More importantly, why bother? We have 28M in expiring contracts (including Fields) coming off the books next season, leaving us with more than 20M in cap room.

          • Xtremenator1

            Do you not know who the GM of this team is?

  • Jensan

    Assuming the signing of KL,PP and GV will not be graduated salaries. Stone and Buycks are renounced.
    That means De Colo remains at this moment.
    The salaries including all RFA and Lowry and slot for Brazillian 1st round picks total $70 million dollars that means there is more than enough GV with a modest increase.
    Personally , once GV , I would renounce DeColo that would leave 69 million. Enough to sign Jordan Hill as the back up. To JV.
    The MLE remains for the final SF
    KL/GV/ Williams
    DD/ Williams
    TR/x/fields
    Amir/P Pat/ hansborough
    JV/ x / Hayes

    If we get Jordan Hill and a SF , that would be the most depth a Raptor team has ever had. Personally I would offer the min to Jordan Hill, huge rebounding machine.

    • webfeat

      Would it be nuts to keep Garrett instead of de Colo? He’s cheap and he’s not that bad as a third PG?

      • tonious35

        de Colo by a country mile….

      • DanH

        Neither. We don’t have the roster slots for another PG, with Lowry, GV and Williams all able to spend time there.

    • Louvens Remy

      Ooooooh, I like the Jordan Hill jumpoff. Never thought of that. That would be amazing. Bring in Vincent Lamar or even PJ Tucker and I’m good. We’re the eff is Jamario Moon??? LOL

  • tonious35

    We’ll miss you Novak, your mustachio and your good vibes with Fields help this team last year. The Bargnani trade was an even trade when it had you in it. This is the ultimate Raptor game you gave us: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8Vs8mkHJrg

  • Louvens Remy

    I laugh everytime I see Marcus Camby’s name up there.

    • Patio d

      Rim protector? Earn that scratch man!!

  • John

    What’s the word with Evan Turner? What kind of money is he looking for? He’d be the ideal 3 for the raps

    • DDayLewis

      Turner is a ball-dominant wing with questionable decision making, a bad team-scheme defender, and can’t shoot threes. How is he a fit?

      • Louvens Remy

        Maybe he changes his stripes on this team? maybe? naaaaaaahhhhhhhh.

      • Louvens Remy

        I’m starting to talk myself into one of Marvin Williams, PJ Tucker, Vince Carter, Michael Beasley or Wesley Johnson for that wing spot.

        • raptorholic

          don’t discount a Danny Granger signing.

          • Louvens Remy

            I don’t even hate that idea. wonder if he’s looking to go to straight contender steez though. That’s what I feel with him. He could probably end up in freaking san Antonio of all places. haha

            • John

              you talk about questionable decision making and bad team-scheme defender along with having a terrible attitude yet advocate for Michael Beasley?

              • Louvens Remy

                U talking to me? If you are then i’ll answer. I only advocate for the Beas because he’s young, has real skills and maybe the year on the bench in Miami with a championship squad changed him. I mean shit, the guy can ball and it looks like by all accounts last year might have done him some good. If you can get a talent like that for cheap then why not? You know Casey is no nonsense too and Raps are building the sort of culture where everyone needs to buy in. James Johnson to me is “meh” skills wise and is a bit more “head-casey” then Beas. JJ has found his ceiling. Beasley is freaking really good. I’m just throwing it out there as a possibility though.

                • jjdynomite

                  Louvens, I read or watched somewhere during the Finals that LeBron was pissed off at Beasley for his lack of preparation and commitment. Put him on a young and up-and-coming team like the Raps that thrived last year in large part due to strong chemistry? All the talent in the world doesn’t matter if he’s a bad apple. One of the major reasons I don’t want Wince back either.

                  A defensive stopper like P.J. Tucker on the other hand is intruiging… it’s even more amusing that he was a BC second round draft pick.

                • Raptogram

                  I agree. Beasly isn’t like Lowry, who just needed a good talking to at the right time to tap into his potential. The Beezer is a pot-head. Only Mighty Mouse can be a pot-head and play for the Raps

                • Mexiballer

                  Masai doesnt like guys with attitude issues in the locker room.

              • Louvens Remy

                I think you were trying to get at DDay Lewis but he didn’t advocate for Beasley. I did. I can take the heat. .LOL

        • BraLLer

          Vc baby!!!!!

      • Louvens Remy

        At center why not take a flyer on Cole Aldrich, Jordan Hamilton or Emeka Okafor for the back up spot?

        • DDayLewis

          Loooove gambling on Okafor. Jordan Hamilton always looks decent when I watch him play, but I don’t know if he’s consistent enough of a defender to be a fit. I like Marvin Williams too. No more than 1-year deals for any of these guys though.

          • Louvens Remy

            Let’s call Masai. Okafor and Marvin. That would be nice. Both those guys are still young. Okafor would be nice for 15-18 mins a game. Marvin can play a bit of small ball PF for second unit. things become very interchangeable if those two guys are on the team.

          • Alex Vostrikov

            marvin Williams will have dozen of team after him….. and I read a few articles, he is not a cheap option. at least as a back up role, not cheap.

      • caccia

        They hate him in Indy and let him go. No thanks!

    • cdub

      the words evan turner and ideal do not go together unless your talking about the guy you would ideally like to trade off your team because he blows

  • Louvens Remy

    This is getting fresh and exciting. Masai has something cooking….

  • Mexiballer

    Keep De Colo. He has promise and skills.

    • Xtremenator1

      He’s a Spurs guy through and through. He works hard on every possession and makes the right play. He’s definitely invaluable, and I for one don’t want him to go.

      • Mexiballer

        He plays intense defense and has some wicked Ginobli like passing skills. He just needs to work on his shot and gain some confidence shooting the ball.Casey likes him. I feel confident that they will sign him unless he wants to play big minutes now.

      • 2damkule

        being a ‘spurs’ guy has more to do with the system they use than some magical elixir they provide their players that they then carry with them on their future stops. see neal, gary.

        • Xtremenator1

          I’ am not saying he’s automatically better because he played for the Spurs, I’ am saying he’s taken the traits he learned from the Spurs which is hard work on offense/ defense, always going after loose rebounds, moving the ball around, etc.

    • Rapchat

      He looked very much like Kyle did his first year here…intriguing but not in rhythm…yet

  • Paul

    This will not alter the balance of power in the NBA, but this was a GREAT move. Unloading 2 yrs and 7M for whats likely to be a pick in the bottom half of the second round is awesome.

  • James

    Do not deal with Masai ever! He once traded an apple and sour grapes to me for my Gretzky rookie card….

  • Alex Vostrikov

    is masai for real? soon, no one of the gm’s will pick up his phone calls. if hayes goes as well, i will let masai to blow me…
    oh wait……..
    never mind LOL

    • Masai’s iPhone

      He’d probably end up talking you into blowing him..

      • Alex Vostrikov

        well, how about reading my post again… you might find some sarcasm with explanation.

  • Truth Teller

    God….

    Landry Fields
    $6,250,000

    • tonious35

      With no Salmons, we are “forced” to play Landry….I don’t care if he has no shot. His movement off the ball and passing, plus younger/stronger defense will make up for it. I rather have Nikki Minaj Landry play than Salmons now.

  • Mexiballer

    Maybe he has Luol Deng up his sleeve if he can find a way to dump either Fields or Hayes contract.

    • Truth Teller

      At least they are both expiring. BUT I doubt he is going for Deng (who is often hurt now). Raptors will have Patterson, Demar, Lowry, Jonas, Gravy, Ross under contract in 2015/16. That gives them a lot of cap space since only 2 of those guys will have salaries over 10M. Probably aiming for Durant.

      • Mexiballer

        Its likely he is not going for Deng but I can see where he fits the perfect profile and fit for this team, and Casey and Masai. But I agree, the price tag is high and Masai may have other plans for next summer.

        As for Durant, I dont know. Ive seen a lot of posters mention that but it just seems like a pipe dream at this point. I could be wrong but it seems like way to much is being of the fact that he played high school ball with Vasquez and he grew up being a Raptors fan.

        I guess there is nothing wrong with dreaming. You never know.

        • Truth Teller

          Having that option is better than not having it is all I’m saying. Even if it doesn’t work out, always good to have cap space.

          • Mexiballer

            Agreed.

    • DanH

      How? Even with Hayes or Fields gone, we still only have the MLE. So to get Deng, it would have to be a sign and trade, which means sending assets the other way, so no thank you very much to that.

      • Mexiballer

        Thanks for informing me Dan. I guess Deng is out of the picture.

  • BraLLer

    If MU trades Landry, I’ll name my first child Masai and my second Ujiri.

    • mountio

      me too

      • KuH

        Not me. I still think Landry has a chance to be that 3 we’re looking for. He’s got the defense down. Given the 18 month rehab from nerve surgery he now has a chance for his shot to come back.

        And if all else fails, he’s a great expiring contract to have this year.

        • BraLLer

          I.like your optimism. Reminds me of the Bargnani dayz

  • Will

    This is like the story of the guy who traded a paper clip all the way into a house. Someday we’ll trace back his moves and see how he turned Bargnani into Durant.

    • Suspicious Mind

      It’s funny you use that analogy. That was the example I gave on my very first post on RR, when we were right in the middle of the tank debate. People like Tim W kept using past experiences to conclude that good management wouldn’t work in Toronto and that was my counter arguement. Thing about Masai is that he never wastes anything. Everything is an asset. Good times ahead!

  • Xtremenator1

    I’ am not even go into the fact that Masai is a god, I just want to know how much money they have to spend (assuming Vasquez re-signs for 4.5 Million) on the cap? Does this in reality not make a difference “this year”, do they still only have the 5 Million from the MLE? Or will they have anywhere from 7-9 to spend now?

  • ZQ

    I had been aimlessly writing about flipping Novak on each article for the last week haha. Thank you MU!

  • Jensan

    Jordan hill as a backup center and trade Hansbourough for Matt Barnes. Gives a perfect player to teach attitude toughness . Help make the young wings not to take crap.

  • Roarque

    Five words: Chandler Parsons.
    Take that Houston.

    • DDayLewis

      Three words: no cap space.

      Plus, he’s a restricted free agent. It’s not happening.

      • jjdynomite

        Fifteen words: Masai might not be done yet creating cap space; this trade came out of nowhere.

        Another fifteen words: Houston can sign Bosh outright, then Raps can offer sheet Parsons and Houston won’t match.

        But hey, I don’t write for a sports app, so what do I know?

        • DDayLewis

          Houston has Parsons’ bird rights, so they could match. If they’re trying this hard to build a contender, they won’t let a player like Parsons go for nothing.

        • asdfdsf

          Apparently. not much.

        • ckh26

          Like it !! Love it !!
          There is a real disconnect in south beach right now between the super friends. I can’t see Wade and Bosh re -upping with the Heat for less than 15M over 4 years which is what he can get on the open market. He just waved g’bye to 42M$ GUARANTEED.
          So as his agent is seeing that Lebron is going to get his and he and Wade are expected to take a lot less Bosh may look elsewhere. He is from Texas and Houston can throw 15M for 4 at him. That would hamstring Houston if they didn’t want to be at luxury tax levels with not much in the way of money to throw at Parsons. We could get him for a good price but so can others.
          Maybe Masai just bides his time and picks up someone later but he has had pretty successful off season and locked up his targets.

    • Xtremenator1

      Chandlers probably going to get what Haywards going to get, so they can’t afford that. Obviously.

      • Roarque

        So you get Parsons to sign an offer sheet of 32Million over 4 years. If Chandler Parsons is available at that price then I say find a way to make the cap space work by losing Vaz or even TRoss.. If Houston feels comfortable about trying to steal Kyle then we should feel comfortable about making them overpay for Parsons.
        As much as I like Chandler Parsons I don’t think he’s Gordon Hayward quite yet. What is he? He’s the small forward we want to make the Raps a contender now.

  • Anonapotamus

    Maybe I’m missing something but, why isn’t DeAndre Daniels listed in the salary table?

    • DDayLewis

      He’s going to play in Europe next season

      • Anonapotamus

        Ahhh, I must have missed that. Thanks!

  • IceManLikeGervin

    Novak should thrive in Utah..Vasquez is going to get paid to stay by the Raptors now…..

  • Jensan

    Raptors salary for 16 players plus Camby totaling $69,401,100. The players include Decolo, Buycks, Stone and GVasquez at 3.2 million.
    Since Bucyks and Stone are not going to playing for thr team- the new total is $67,650,000.
    So the team has 14 players on the roster.
    If GV settles at $4 million the team salaries total $ 68,440,000. If you renounce De Colo the new total is $66,640,000 leaving the team with$10,500,000 before the luxury proposed cap of $77,000,000 for two openings – the back- up center and the Small forward.
    The numbers above indicates differently , someone please explain

    • DDayLewis

      Bruno and Bebe will be signed to rookie deals.

      But good call on the luxury tax. I was using the 2013-14 figure. Should be $77 million, as you said.

  • joe

    How do the $ match on this – why are Raps allowed to dump like this?

    • DanH

      Jazz have the cap room to absorb Novak’s contract.

  • DanH

    FYI your salary numbers are still off. First, the rookies should be higher by about 50% – don’t know where you got those numbers from. Second, Patterson and Lowry could be front or back loaded, and that can have an impact of up to 3.6M in terms of how much room we have – you ought to capture both scenarios.

    For the record, the scenarios are that we have between 9 and 12.6M in room below the tax once Buycks and Stone are waived, and de Colo is let go.

  • Slaz

    Hmm I wonder, since Amir’s contract is a team option could they not waive him and have 17 mill to get gasol and Vasquez?

    • DanH

      Amir is 5M guaranteed – waiving him only clears 2M. Total waste.

  • Ken

    Landry Fields should count as dead salary too 😉

  • Jensan

    Diante Garrett could be sent to the clippers for Matt Barnes, Clippers have 8 players totaling just signed Hawes takes the to the luxury apron and Clippers want to reunite Paul Pierce with Doc Rivers.

    Clips open up 3.4 million dollars and Raptors receive a SF who can play athletic defense with an attitude, and scores 9 ppg plus crashes the boards for around 22/24 minutes a game and understands his team role, he just wants a degree of long term commitment , so he has a team option for 2015/16.

    This would open more money for 2015 instead of committing to a MLE.
    KL/GV / Lou
    DD/ Lou
    TRoss/Matt B
    Amir/P Pat/
    JV/ Jordan Hill
    Bench: fields, Hayes, Hansborough, Brazilian draft picks
    Salaries total : 75.6 million

  • Noname

    Which deal brought Camby to Toronto ? Was it under BC or under MU ?

    • Nathan

      Under MU. Part of Bargs trade.