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Raptors Over Everything Podcast: Best and worst case scenarios for 2019-20 Raptors – Yahoo!

Host William Lou is joined by Dan Reynolds of Raptors HQ to break down the best and worst case scenarios for the 2019-20 Toronto Raptors.

Topics:

  • What to do with the vets: Kyle Lowry, Marc Gasol, and Serge Ibaka
  • Can Pascal Siakam, Norman Powell, Fred VanVleet or OG Anunoby take a leap?
  • Is there something there with the rookies: Matt Thomas, Terence Davis, Dewan Hernandez
  • Best and worst case win predictions

Da Still Hasn’t Decided Whether To Charge Toronto Raptors President – SFGate

More than two months after Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri allegedly pushed a sheriff’s deputy and struck him in the face at Oracle Arena in Oakland, the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office still hasn’t decided whether to file charges against him.

The incident, for which Ujiri is being investigated on suspicion of misdemeanor battery on an officer, occurred shortly after Toronto defeated the Golden State Warriors 114-110 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on June 13 to win the NBA championship.

The deputy was injured in the incident and still hasn’t been cleared for full duties and is now on light duty, Alameda County sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Ray Kelly said Wednesday.

The deputy, whose name has not been disclosed, hired Sacramento labor and employment lawyer David E. Mastagni to represent him. Mastagni said shortly after the incident that he was considering filing a lawsuit on the deputy’s behalf against Ujiri, the Raptors and the NBA.

Mastagni couldn’t be reached for comment Wednesday.

District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Teresa Drenick did not say why it’s taking her office so long to decide whether to file charges against Ujiri.

Kelly said the day after the incident that Ujiri, who the deputy did not know, tried to go onto the court at Oracle Arena but didn’t have the proper credentials.

FIBA: Canada 103, New Zealand 100 (OT) – Video – TSN

Phil Scrubb scored 24 points as Canada’s men’s basketball team completed a two-game sweep of New Zealand with a 103-100 overtime win in pre-FIBA World Cup action. Canada is now 4-2 in exhibition play.

Lackluster 2020 NBA Free-Agent Class Could Inspire A Trade Frenzy – Forbes

Kyle Lowry, Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka, Toronto Raptors

When Kawhi Leonard decided to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers in free agency this summer, he put the reigning NBA champion Toronto Raptors on the fast track to a rebuild.

Kyle Lowry, Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka will all be on the wrong side of 30 once the 2019-20 season tips off, and all three are entering the final year of their respective contracts. Although Lowry has expressed interest in signing an extension with Toronto, team president Masai Ujiri may canvass the league to gauge the trade value of his three veterans.

The Raptors aren’t under immediate pressure to trade Lowry, Gasol or Ibaka, as they project to be a playoff team in the Eastern Conference even without Leonard. But as they look to eventually retool around Pascal Siakam, the reigning Most Improved Player, it would behoove them to pick up assets for the three vets rather than risk losing them for nothing in free agency next summer.

Gasol proved to be a difference-maker in the Raptors’ title run this past season after coming to Toronto at the trade deadline, while Lowry shook his playoff-choker narrative with a virtuoso performance in the closeout Game 6 during the 2019 NBA Finals. Championship hopefuls may believe either of those two or Ibaka could make or break a deep playoff run.

If the Raptors prioritize their long-term window over defending their title, Ujiri may be ready to ship out some veterans ahead of the trade deadline.

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