Title: Money moves: How the Raptors saved $18 million, the 15th-man question and looking ahead to 2019 and 2020
Date: April 5, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I updated the Raptors’ end-of-season cap sheet, exploring how they saved $18 million and looking ahead to the next two summers.
Most of the moving parts have settled after two months of heavy roster tumult for the Raptors. Marc Gasol is looking pretty comfortable, the Raptors 905 contingent are no longer shipping back and forth along the Gardiner and the 10-day contract churn and buyout market are more or less complete. It’s at this time that we’re able to zoom out and look at all the moves in totality.
I’d mentioned at the deadline that in the process of shuffling the roster, the Raptors were also doing well to save themselves some money. That wasn’t the point alone, necessarily, but as the team with the third-highest payroll and a luxury tax bill that projected as exorbitant, a few cost-saving moves around the margins were justifiable. The Raptors front office went a few steps further, saving an estimated $18 million in the process of reshaping the depth chart. Bobby Webster, moving in silence like, well, you know.
With the season moving to a close and the roster firmed up (or 14/15ths firmed up), I thought it was worth refreshing what the cap sheet looked like, why the Raptors made certain end-of-roster moves and how they were able to save plenty of money while (possibly, we’ll find out soon) improving the team’s playoff chances.