Title: Raptors offseason: Breaking down Kyle Lowry’s departure, where Goran Dragic fits, the cap sheet and more
Date: August 6, 2021
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I broke down the Raptors’ sign-and-trade with the Heat, their other early offseason moves, and where their cap and roster situation stands now.
Facilitating a Kyle Lowry departure was never going to be easy to stomach.
In helping Lowry land with the Miami Heat on a three-year, $85 million deal via sign-and-trade, the Toronto Raptors have pushed down any sadness and done right by arguably the greatest player in franchise history, picking up some assets for their hurt in the process. Your ex didn’t leave you a rotation player, a prospect and a traded player exception.
Understanding the specifics of this transaction requires a few mental maneuvers that aren’t always easy in the immediate aftermath of a trade. That feels especially true with the long delay for specifics this week, and the reporting and speculation around whether part of the return — Goran Dragic — would be rerouted elsewhere.