Title: Raptors free agency primer: Cap sheet, assets, exceptions and the big picture
Date: September 15, 2020
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote my annual Raptors free agency and salary cap primer, explaining all the rules they’ll be operating within this offseason.
“Say you gettin’ money, that’s salary cap.” – Lil Durk
I see no need for preamble. It’s the offseason, and you need to know what options the Toronto Raptors have available to them as they build toward the 2020-21 season. There are a lot of decisions to be made and a league with a “soft” salary cap means there are plenty of financial wrinkles to those decisions. It can be a lot.
What follows is an explanation of the contract situations and cap rules that the Raptors face right now. This is the seventh year in a row I’ve done this post in the hopes of helping readers understand why certain moves can or can not happen, and how they may come to pass.
There is, admittedly, some real uncertainty on whether certain elements of the collective bargaining agreement — and this primer — will need to be adjusted when the NBA and NBPA sit down to figure out how you handle significant pandemic-induced revenue losses. We’ll adjust if the time comes.