View Poll Results: If you were Masai Ujiri, what would you do?

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  • Re-sign DeRozan & use free agency to tweak the roster

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  • Re-sign DeRozan and use a trade to retool the roster

    7 58.33%
  • Let DeRozan walk and use free agency to fill his shoes

    4 33.33%
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    If you were MasaiÖ

    I think the Raptors have 3 options this offseason:
    1) Bring back Derozan and add role players (replace Biz and Scola)
    2) Bring back Derozan and make a major trade (draft pick + maybe Ross)
    3) Donít bring back Derozan and offer max contract to another player

    For option 1:
    If the Raptors decide to go with this option, I think they will end up with the same result as this year, if not worst. Truth of the matter is, Lowry and Derozan pretty much reached their full potential and Iím not sure how much more the Raptors can upgrade their role players. If the Raptors stays status quo and just replace Scola and Biz, the team will not improve from last year.

    For option 2:
    If the Raptors bring back Derozan, they will have limited cap to sign another key player. If the Raptors truly want to take the next step, they will need to make a major trade and improve their starting lineup. The biggest void is the PF position, players like Horford and Pau Gasol will definitely improve the team but they will need to give up assets. The Raptors do have a draft pick and I donít think the Raptors need to get any younger. The most valuable piece is probably Ross; not only is he locked down for the next few years, but he can probably start at the SG position for many teams. Ideally the Raptors will take this route as I truly believe the Raptors are a key player away from reaching the NBA finals.

    For option 3:
    If the Raptors donít bring back Derozan, they can offer a max contract to another player. Unfortunately, Iím not sure how much better the Raptors will get if they replaced one all-star with another all-star and keep the rest of the team status quo. Let say the Raptors signs Horford to a max and starts Ross at SG, is this lineup really better than last season? This option will likely be the case if the Raptors donít believe Derozan is a max player.

    If you were Masai, what would you do?

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    Given the OP, I thought a poll might be appropriate... voila!

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    From a strictly basketball perspective, I think option 3 is by far the best. DD is not an efficient player and doesn't fit well with the type of team I believe the Raps are trying to become. If KD is out of the question, which I'm assuming he probably is, I'd sign a Horford type player and start Norm at the 2. I'd structure the offence around JV (yes, I know this isn't going to happen). I'd also give the other young guys a ton of run in the first half of the year (Joseph, Wright, Bebe, #9 etc.). Try to find out where they are in their development, what kinds of lineups work and which ones don't.

    Base your decision at the trade deadline on what you've seen in the first half of the year. If Norm is really struggling with the load and it seems like you are a piece away from a potential title run, you can package a few of the young guys and picks for a bigger name at the 2. If the young guys have really surprised you, maybe you more or less stand pat and you let everyone grow with the hopes of peaking in a year or two.

    With all of that being said, I'm not an NBA GM and I have no idea how much showing loyalty to DD would be worth to Lowry, as well as potential FA in the future. But from a basketball standpoint the choice is pretty clear to me.
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    Ross HAS to go. Norman Powell has a much larger impact on the game than Ross does and I imagine he'll be even better next season. Package Ross with Bebe and our late first and try to land Terrance Jones + Motiejunas/Capela

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    Number 3.

    Let DD walk and start to build around JV. We have the assets and he's really coming into his own. Norman becomes the starting SG & Ross is his bench-mate unless we do ship him out to resign BB. If we don't, Bebe becomes the backup C and lets' hope he's ready for that role.

    Let Scola, Johnson and Thompson all walk. Get a 4 on the market that can split minutes with Patt with the cash saved from not signing DD along with a backup 3 for Carroll who's mainly a defence-minded player.
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    Jones, Motiejunas, Capela...can't be serious right?

    They are definitely not the solution, adding more role players does not make this team any better.

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