Title: Raptors Reasonablists Volume V, Part I: How to approach 2020 with 2021 in mind
Date: September 24, 2020
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, Eric Koreen and I connected with our regular back-and-forth to discuss the 2020-versus-2021 balancing act the Raptors will have to engage in this offseason.
Welcome to another edition of Raptors Reasonablists with Eric Koreen and Blake Murphy. Throughout the year, Raptors staff writers Koreen and Murphy discuss hot-button issues surrounding the team, but with an even-keeled approach in pursuit of finding a reasonable middle ground.
If we have faith in anything, it is that reasonable middle grounds lead to: a) workable long-term solutions; b) increased empathy and understanding for others; and c) more wins — at least more wins when they truly matter, probably. We hold these truths to be self-evident, and we hold these truths to be good truths.
MURPHY: Well, friend, it’s the offseason, which means a few different things. It means we’re going to have to start taking some rotating breaks* to recharge for whenever the 2020-21 Toronto Raptors season begins. It means your dog, Walter, and I are due for our annual multi-week hang. And it means it’s time for us to figure out what the Raptors might do — and more self-importantly** what we would do — in the draft, on the trade market and in free agency.
*Secretly working on our games with Rico Hines in L.A.