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Thread: Raptors Salary Cap Situation (and planning for the future)

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    Yikes I really didn't want to turn this into a Lowry vs. DeRozan debate, but it looks like that's where this is headed.

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    Quote JWash wrote: View Post
    Yikes I really didn't want to turn this into a Lowry vs. DeRozan debate, but it looks like that's where this is headed.
    It can't go there.

    Lowry doesn't have the size or quickness to be the defensive player these guys make him out to be.

    When healthy he's very good at drawing charges....no debate there.


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    If Demar wants to be a part of this team and also wants this team to make a play for a KD/Horford level max salary, there is really only one strategy for he and his agent to take, and that is to have Demar pick up his option. We'd still need to figure out which signed players to renounce as free agents and which to trade away, but that would at least allow us to retain a few of our current value-priced backups.

    I expect that if Demar and his agent have not already worked this out, that Masai will be certain to discuss all of the various scenarios around this with Demar's agent in the future, if Masai hasn't done so already.

    All that being said, however, the choice is not as cut-and-dried as this makes it sound. Demar is likely to get a max contract *somewhere* if he opts out, and having his next contract signed gives him added security that may prove to be irresistible. If Demar does pick up his option instead of opting out, however, you can be pretty sure that the Raptors will be looking to add another marquee free agent elsewhere.

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    Anyone can see this team is built for post demar.

    The evolution is underway.

    Look at who Ujiri signs.
    Look at payroll structure for next summer.
    Look at roster composition.

    Sorry guys. Denial is the first step to acceptance.

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    Quote mcHAPPY wrote: View Post
    Anyone can see this team is built for post demar.

    The evolution is underway.

    Look at who Ujiri signs.
    Look at payroll structure for next summer.
    Look at roster composition.

    Sorry guys. Denial is the first step to acceptance.
    All I can say is we shall see. Looking through some old posts in the DeRozan thread, I can see posters have been wrong about him... a lot. It's nice to make predictions, but every year there's a new reason why DD should get moved or will get moved and it never happens.

    Your idea really depends on what perspective you're looking at the whole situation from. One could also say that the writing is on the wall for Lowry. Unlike DeRozan we have a viable replacement at the same position already. Also he can actually still be moved for value because he's signed next year. And, unlike in the case of DeRozan we can hedge our bets with Lowry and hold onto him until we get Durant's signature, so if KD doesn't sign we can still keep him. However with DeRozan it's all or nothing, because making no attempt to sign him at the start of the window will result in him signing elsewhere (which you obviously want but isn't particularly smart asset management). Oh and by the time Jonas hits his prime Lowry will be on a steep decline, and re-signing him in 2017 could prove to be very risky.

    If you want DeRozan gone it's really easy to connect the dots and see how the writing on the wall is for him, by ignoring all other possibilities and that's fine. All we can really do is wait until 2016 FA (or perhaps some kind of in-season trade) and see what happens.

    The difference is I at least recognize that letting DD walk to try and sign KD is a possibility (however I don't see it happening), whereas you consider it to be the ONLY possibility when it clearly isn't. We'll see how it all goes down.

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