Title: Raptors likely won’t be big free-agent shoppers. But just in case, here are some names
Date: June 30, 2017
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I sorted through potential forays the Raptors could make into the free agent pool, however unlikely.
The Raptors enter a difficult summer with major questions about the direction they should take – there are something like five paths, and only two of them are palatable – and with a fiscal situation that is not impossible but will require some nimble maneuvering on the part of Masai Ujiri and Bobby Webster, if the team is to remain competitive. Toronto is in a much better position to keep their own free agents (thanks to Bird rights) than be players on the open market.
If the Raptors try to bring most of last year’s team back, there’s probably only room for one free agent addition (if that), and the Raptors will need to use a salary cap exception if they’re to fortify via free agency.
Ujiri’s record in trade is unassailable. But his work in free agency has been more of a mixed bag. Here’s a look at the signings the Raptors have made since Ujiri took over ahead of the 2013 off-season, along with a few numbers for additional context.