Title: Raptors Reset: Key decisions, dates and debates for the offseason ahead
Date: May 18, 2021
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I teed up the offseason ahead with a refresher on all of the key dates and decisions facing the Raptors.
“Then that’ll be that, won’t let you ever look back. For her I’ll cut all my players, mess up my salary cap.” – Wale
You’re going to hear a lot of talk about how this is the longest break in recent years. And it’s true. Not since 2013 have I had to wait this long between the end of a Toronto Raptors season and the beginning of the New Japan Pro Wrestling G1 Climax tournament.
Oh, and the Raptors have a fairly long offseason ahead, too.
This is the first time the Raptors have missed the playoffs in eight years. With that comes more time to rest, rejuvenate and recalibrate for a massive offseason ahead. If you’re the front office, you have more than two months before the draft, and a few days longer before free agency. If you’re a player, you have 19 weeks before training camps open, if they open on the league’s pre-pandemic calendar. (For comparison, they had 12, 15, 20, 20 and 17 weeks the last five offseasons.)