Title: A look at which Raptors could stay and which could go this summer
Date: June 1, 2018
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I ranked the Raptors in terms of the likelihood they remain with the team for 2018-19.
The nice thing about working with and for very smart people is that, on occasion, you can blatantly rip them off and, because it’s for the good of the team, they can’t be upset about it. I think.
The other week, James Mirtle took a look at the Toronto Maple Leafs roster and grouped players, coaches, and staff into groups based on the likelihood they’ll still be with the team for the start of the 2018-19 season. Such an exercise isn’t quite as interesting with the Toronto Raptors given how much smaller the roster is and how many fewer free agents they have, but it’s a worthwhile exercise nonetheless, especially since the team is entering an off-season in which every option, however painful or difficult, should be on the table.
It would be surprising if the only material change to this group is behind the bench and at the fringes of the roster. Some of the changes may play out as expected, and there could be some surprises, too. What follows is an early attempt to analyze how much continuity the Raptors will have when training camp opens in September, and how likely it is that each player returns on a balance of probabilities. I’ve used the same broad buckets as Mirtle, and players are ordered within each subgroup, so the entire list can be read as a “most likely to be in camp” to least likely.