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View Poll Results: How would you upgrade the roster this season?

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  • free agency after July 1st and the draft

    8 25.81%
  • trades prior to July 1st, the draft, and free agency using exceptions

    23 74.19%
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Thread: How would you hit the ground running?

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    Raptors Republic Icon mcHAPPY's Avatar
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    Default How would you hit the ground running?

    The goal of next year is the playoffs. With drastic changes supposedly on the way to accomplish this and the overall talent of the roster due for an upgrade, there appears to be 2 ways to go about it:


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    Wait until after July 1st and use free agency and the draft (1 first round pick and 2 second round picks) as the primary means adding talent. In free agency the Raptors would have about $10M in cap space unless they amnesty someone (Jose? Linas? Amir? AB?). The Raptors would have to renounce their TPE from Barbosa trade and they would have to renounce their rights to Bayless to get their full cap space.


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    Use their $10.3M of cap space prior to July 1st too add talent and salary via trade. Then use their Barbosa TPE in the same or another trade. Use their draft picks. Use their exceptions in free agency: mid-level ($5M) and bi-annual ($1.8M). Use Bird Rights to extend Bayless or use him in a sign and trade.


    What would you do in Colangelo's shoes?

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    I don't think you can count on free agency, perception around the league is that we are not a championship challenging team so no big name guys are going to line up for a spot on our roster. I am also against overpaying for mid-level talent. Use some of the assets we have and work a trade for a good player on a decent contract. That's not to say that if there is a top level free agent that wants to sign with us I would be against it, I would just not count on it. Get who you can as soon as you can. I voted #2

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    The cap space won't be there after July 1. Use it or lose it. The Raps need to find some team that has a glaring hole they can fill with someone on their roster????? Or be the team that can eat a bad one year contract.

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    voted 2. fastest and easiest way to improve. i would even move this years pick for the rights to one of batum or mayo if we ended up 8 9 10 or 11

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    I look at the situation like this (assuming no amnesty):

    #1
    $10M to add talent via free agency or trade.
    any trades must be made within rules of CBA (125% + 100K) or (150% or a max of +/- $5M).

    #2
    up to $10.3M can be added via trade prior to July 1st before any money is sent out.
    up to $7.6M can be added via trade after July 1st (TPE) without any worries of CBA.
    $6.8M can be added via free agency ($5M MLE + $1.8M Bi-Annual)


    #2 gives you about $25M in flexibility/options..
    #1 gives you about $10M in flexibility/options.

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    Matt, it sounds like you answered your own poll!
    "They're going to have to rename the whole conference after us: Toronto Raptors 2014-2015 Northern Conference Champions" ~ ezzbee

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