Unfortunately, it does not appear the Raptors were willing to take back any salary in any Barbosa trade.
Had the Raps been willing to take back an awful contract, then maybe, there would have been more value.
Looks like the Raps wanted the same benefit as any other team looking to shed salary.
Had the Raps taken back salary, then there is a strong possibility the Lowry trade would not have been completed (Only sent out $1.5M and took back $5.75M) and Fields would not have been signed. Given Fields contract, I am sure many would not have been opposed to that - as a player though, Fields was a great get; as a contract not so good (I really have to emphasize the distinction in player versus contract).
Also, the Raptors have kept themselves flexible moving forward - whether they use the flexibility is another matter, of course.
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