Title: Handicapping the race for the Raptors final two roster spots
Date: September 28, 2017
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I broke down the five-way competition for the Raptors’ final two roster spots.
A few days before the start of training camp, the Toronto Raptors signed Andy Rautins to a training camp contract. Summer contracts happen all the time, and Rautins — a former Canadian national team player and the son of Sportsnet analyst Leo Rautins — was a fun name to add to the mix.
He also brought the training camp roster to 20, meaning the Raptors had likely closed the door on adding a veteran at any late juncture. The roster being locked in meant the training camp landscape was set, and with only 13 guaranteed contracts plus a pair of two-way deals, the Raptors will have five players competing for two open roster spots over the next couple of weeks.
It’s a pretty wide open battle, so let us try to calibrate it a bit.
Some quick notes before we dive in: The percentages add up to 200 because there are two roster spots; While the players listed below have different minimum salaries based on their service time (anywhere from $815,615 to $1,524,305), luxury tax calculations treat all minimum deals the same way ($1,471,382), so the difference for the Raptors is largely negligible (more on tax implications at the end); I explained a bit more about what two-way contracts are here; Ditto for Exhibit 10 contracts here; Please gamble responsibly and send all complaints about your losses to James Mirtle, and not to me.