With this current group i say yes. The model that they need to follow is the Indiana or Memphis model.
I mentioned this on another thread. They need to add a STUD back to the basket power forward. That's what they need. Al Jefferson is a UFA. To me he's a lot like Zach Randolph. Great low post player, great rebounder, just a prototypical power forward. Very underrated player.
I like to use the Memphis Grizzlies model as an example. If they had Rudy Gay and some of the key players that they traded to Cleveland. Memphis probably would've beaten the Spurs.
Jonas Valanciunas - Marc Gasol. JV based from what i've seen in his 1st year. Crazy to think but i think he's going to be a better player than Marc Gasol. Needs to stay healthy though.
Al Jefferson - Zach Randolph. Like i said above, their game is very similar. Both 20/10 type of players.
Rudy Gay - Tayshaun Prince. Nothing to say here. Gay is the superior player.
DeMar DeRozan - Tony Allen. Allen is a much better defender but DeRozan is a much better scorer
Kyle Lowry - Mike Conley. Conley is the better player. But Lowry doesn't really have to play great when you have guys like JV, Jefferson and Gay. Just give the ball to Rudy and get out of the way. Or just pound the ball inside to Big Al or JV.
The question though is, how can they get Al Jefferson?? i really feel like he's the missing piece on this current group.
Another option that they can go to is tank next season and hopefully get lucky in the lottery and land Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker(Noah Vonleh is a player as well btw. Keep an eye on him) That route though is very risky.
Let's say the Raptors move Gay and DeRozan. Without those two i think this team is a 20 win team. If they finish last in the league. There's no guarantee that they're going to get the 1st or 2nd overall pick. What if they end up with the 3rd or even worst 4th overall pick?? now what??
That's why i'm not in favor of tanking. As much as i'd love to see Wiggins or Parker here. That route is just very risky. Masai needs to work his magic and get Al Jefferson.