The talk of history repeating itself, a great thread and reminder for old head Raptors fans got me thinking.
Much like Grange elucidates in this piece the Raptors are in somewhat familiar territory. On the crust of a surprise spicy pizza, delivered prepaid and pre-tipped.
We face an off-season much like those(00'01 & 06'07) where Messiah Ujiri's contemporaries have over paid minor talents. Riding crests of fan adulation with teams that never managed to sustain, let alone, build on those results.
In that vein, I ask what is your realistic expectations of this off-season?
And offer Mine:
Lowry under 12 million for 3years and 10 million for 4years
Vasquez under 3.5 mill for 3yrs
Patterson under 5 mill for 4yrs
Canary in the Fields mineshaft:
Thabo Sefolosha at/under MLE or if somehow possible S&T to OKC (I'll offer the expiring Fields contract, their 2nd rounder and our 2nd rounder.)
Bringing in Thabo would signal that the training staff doesn't think Fields can comeback from his litany of medical issues to the level he was, and thus should be considered cap relief and no more.
Otherwise I look to 14'15 Off-season for a veteran presence and/or impact player.
Finally, for whomever falls to our First Pick to make waves in Summer League and push the players in front of them on the depth chart in camp.