Title: Money moves: Analyzing the Raptors’ camp roster, partial-guarantee battles and cap situation
Date: September 23, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about the Raptors’ roster and cap situation heading into training camp.
The reigning, defending NBA champion Toronto Raptors filled their training camp roster this week by agreeing to a partially guaranteed deal with Isaiah Taylor. The signing brings the Raptors’ roster to the limit of 20 players with training camp set to begin Sunday in Quebec City following media day in Toronto a day prior.
While NBA rosters are capped at 15 players plus a pair of two-way players, teams can roster a maximum of 20 players during the offseason and up until the start of the regular season. As the importance of the G League has grown and teams have put more emphasis on using camp to build a deeper pipeline for organizational talent, the frequency with which a team uses all 20 spots has increased — this will be the fourth consecutive year in which the Raptors bring 20 players to camp with them.
The Raptors have used those additional spots well in recent years. Last year, Chris Boucher turned one into a two-way contract and an eventual conversion, while Lorenzo Brown won the 14th roster spot outright and Eric Moreland showed enough to receive a late-season signing for postseason depth. In earlier years, Fred VanVleet and Alfonzo McKinnie have won camp battles on small guarantees to earn roster spots and, eventually, full-time NBA gigs.
The camp competition for roster spots should be more heated than in any season in recent memory. Without the spectre of the luxury tax hanging over the cap sheet and with several players fighting for limited spots with small guarantees, Nick Nurse and the front office will be putting plenty of weight on what’s essentially a three week preseason this year.
What follows is a breakdown of the 20 players in camp, the Raptors’ current cap and tax situation and a brief snapshot of what Raptors 905 could look like in their fifth season.