Deadline directions for the Raptors await clarity as the trade window opens

Title: Deadline directions for the Raptors await clarity as the trade window opens
Date: December 16, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis:  In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about the Raptors lacking clarity in terms of what direction they could go on the trade market, which is fine and kind of exciting.

Who, exactly, are the Toronto Raptors?

Are they the team fuelled by championship experience with renewed prove-’em, nobody-believes-in-us verve that opened the season as one of the NBA’s best stories? Or are they the good-not-great, basking-in-the-championship-glow also-rans who spent the past two weeks struggling to rediscover that earlier rhythm? Or are they somewhere in between, or something else entirely?

The Raptors could be many things a third of the way into the season, and unlike our own quarter- and midlife crises of identity that can pop up from time to time, there is a more palpable urgency for a professional basketball team to figure it out. The Raptors don’t get the benefit of being 33 and creating new side projects and self-deprecating their way through the ups and downs. Sunday marked the starting line for asking those kinds of existential questions of identity and place in the world.

Check it out on The Athletic.

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