Raptors free-agency refresh: Kyle Lowry, cap situation and scenarios, key dates, targets and more

Title: Raptors free-agency refresh: Kyle Lowry, cap situation and scenarios, key dates, targets and more
Date: August 1, 2021
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I set the scene for the Raptors in free agency, including scenarios, targets, and more.

I hope you’ve had a moment to calm down following your (anger/enthusiasm) about Thursday’s NBA Draft. Rest up, dear reader, because you’re about to get (angry/excited) about the start of NBA free agency.

Yes, the league offers but a heartbeat between marquee transaction events, and the news will come flowing like wine Monday at 6 p.m. ET. In a miracle not unlike the Marriage at Cana, that wine will flow against the laws of nature, science or time. NBA teams and agents do their best to stretch the credulity of Carlo Rovelli’s “The Order of Time,” putting into place transactions by 6:01 that could not possibly have been negotiated so quickly with a static view of time. The league’s tampering rules, fortunately, do not have a firm grasp on special relativistic time dilation.

So, Monday, dinner time, expect the rumours and reports to come flying. Nothing can officially happen until Aug. 6 at 12 p.m. (other than some minor transactions), but it’s fairly rare — not impossible! — for a reported deal to be turned around or expanded to include other deals in a much larger framework. As usual, we’ll treat news as it comes and be breaking it all down for you here, from roster fit to cap impact and more.

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