planetmars and Axel did great job breaking down the whole "how to sign KD/max free agent". I think based on posts below, if given choice to gut team to keep DeMar or just renounce him and sign KD in cap space, parting ways with DD is the best option.
So with that out of the way, lets make the assumption KD signs in 2016 with a big selling point being max room again in 2017. How can that happen? Who, from current core, would need to go? Lowry? Patterson? BRUNO!?!??! NO! Not BRUNO!
Players salary for 2017-2018:
KD - $26.3M
Carroll - $14.8M
JV - $15.5M
Joseph - $7.6M
Bebe - $2.9M
Bruno - $2.5M
Wright - $1.6M
2016 NY/DEN - $2.9M (7th)
2016 Raps - $1.3M (20th)
Total guaranteed - $75.4
Players with options or expiring:
Lowry - $12M player option or $18M cap hold
PP - $9.1M cap hold
Powell - $1M non-guaranteed
With the salary cap around $108M, a max contract is going to about $30M.
Add a max contract on to $75.4M and we are looking at $105M with about $3M left in cap space which would account for cap holds and could pick up Powell.
So you could sign a max contract but lose Lowry and PP. It will be interesting to see what happens with that Knicks/Nuggets pick. If they draft, say, Jamal Murray, is losing Lowry a big deal? What if they draft a dominant PF?
However, IF, and it is a big IF, Lowry opted in to his contract, that would put Raptors at $87.4M. Hypothetically if the Raptors had traded their OWN 2016 pick, that takes down to $86.1M leaving Raptors $21.9M to offer. If the free agent signed a 2 year deal with player option for 3rd, they would be able to sign for 130%, which would take up to just shy of max at $28.5M.
But that is too much risk and faith for most of the players involved. Odds are very unlikely any of that transpires... and very unlikely means non-existent. But with Masai and KD's connections to Ibaka, maybe, just maybe..... nah.
I guess most likely outcome if looking to sign a max contract again in 2017 is Lowry and Patterson will be gone which explains current depth with Joseph and Wright.
This was likely a gigantic waste of my time but always better to waste time on RR than elsewhere.