Title: Raptors camp roster: Analyzing non-guaranteed battles, cap situation and more
Date: November 28, 2020
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I broke down the Raptors’ training camp roster, the different cap and contract wrinkles they used to get there, and more.
If you think you’ve had trouble keeping up with an entire NBA offseason condensed into a little over a week, put yourself in the position of a team’s front office. Instead of having pre-draft workouts, minicamps, Summer League, subsequent minicamps and the preseason to evaluate the fringe players on your roster over a span of four months, you’ve instead had to put together a camp roster over a couple of days.
In some cases, players are coming into the fold sight unseen or, more likely, having worked out with other teammates with an occasional eyeball from a team staffer. Existing relationships are paramount. A player’s track record is, as well. Testimonials from trusted coaches and executives in players’ prior stops carry real weight.
None of that compares to a full offseason of evaluation. Now, you have less than three weeks to figure out which of those fliers should stick on your roster, which are a fit for your G League program — what the heck a G League program is even going to look like remains an open mystery — and which go down in the annals of camp-only greats like Master P. Oh, and if you’re the Raptors, it is all happening parallel to you moving your entire operation from Toronto to Tampa, Fla.