When the zach man speaks, you listen. Love the way it finishes:
Back to the Raptors. Like basically everyone, they want to keep the cap sheet clean for the summer of 2016, when Kevin Durant will hit free agency. Two-year contracts signed now would expire at that point, and the Raps may play hardball with Vasquez, Patterson, and other targets on the years in any deal.
They might have to be a bit careful using the midlevel in multiple summers between now and then, and they’ll have to hand out new contracts to Valanciunas and Ross. DeRozan has a $9.5 million player option for 2016-17, and given how the market is evolving, he’d probably be smart to opt out of that and push for a long-term deal.
But the Raptors’ long-term outlook should be fine. This is a smart front office that will plan for every contingency, even if Durant in the True North seems like a pipe dream. In the meantime, Toronto fans get to enjoy a good team and a bowling-ball point guard.