We'll be rewarded if we're patient until 2015.
Right now our committed salary for 2015-16 is $21m for DeRozan, JV, Ross, and Novak. Let's say Lowry is retained for around $10 million per year. And Patterson for $5 million per year. Add in about 2.5 million for a couple first-rounders drafted around 20th this summer and next.*
That's less than 40m for a pretty solid core of 8 players (assuming you draft useful rotation players) with your first-rounders, and enough room to go after one max-salary player, or at the very least a near all-star player. Then you round out the roster with a few cheap vets. The 2015 draft class is definitely weighted toward big-men at this point. Something we could definitely improve.
There's no point in trying to rush things by one year and giving up talent to free up salary, or trading players away to acquire players of an equal level to what we might acquire in 2015.
*This budget is based on the Raptors picking up Amir's team option this summer, but not keeping him beyond next year. I love him but PF is definitely an upgradeable position for us.
I say, if the opportunity to get a game changer comes along, you take it. Period. That's the hard part. Then you sort the rest out after.
That said, I would be hesitant to squander them on a guy who has say a year left on his contract, because we don't have the luxury of tossing seven+ years of player control for one.
So basically it depends on the situation. Sorry it's not a more satisfying answer.
Extensions are unlikely to happen moving forward. Too much money left on table by player unless they are in the twilight of their career, like Kobe, and only sign for 2 years anywyas.
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Lets look at this year for example, we get a draft pick of around 19+ and lets say we have some internal growth and this team is real and Lowry signs and next year our draft pick would be the same 19+ !!!
Will we ever compete with the current core of the players and few more 19+ draft picks for championships ? Unless Big Val becomes a Super star, I don't see this core and 2-3 more late first round picks will get us passed 3-4 spot in the east.
1. I'm not in favour of gutting the team to get transcendental stars (via trade).
2. I prefer getting the "next one" via draft.
3. Ross and Valanciunas and their development continues to fascinate me.
4. I like patience, smart drafting, developing young controllable players.
5. Toronto ain't Miami (warm and no state taxes). Bringing in a star is not in the cards (we're similar to OKC, San Antonio and Indiana - except with a large market, strong ownership but with CAD $, super cold and minimal US TV exposure).
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I would rather have build a team patiently and develop young talent, then add the right and fitting complementary pieces to the team, which can possibly include a star/superstar (i.e. David West was an all-star in NO, and he's doing well w/ the Pacers).
We should follow how San Antonio, Indiana, Portland built their teams. I think we are on our way. Plus we got a much better management led by Tim L and Masai. And of course we got Drizzy Drake! Like it or not, I think he's instrumental for the Raps in terms of marketing, exposure and maybe potential to attract talent.
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I agree but I ask everyone to remember that excellent executives and excellent coaches are assets that in this crazy sport seem more easily acquired than transcendent players. Imagine a world where Brian Colangelo and Masai Ujiri exist as one person - now hire that person.
As for the coach.... my, my.
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