Raptors Make Big Splash on Second Day of Free Agency
We are all still waiting to see what exactly Masai Ujiri meant by that very statement.
That being said, on Sunday afternoon, the Raptor higher-ups gave a vote of confidence for the Raptors core group of DeRozan, Lowry, and Ibaka. Ibaka was signed to a three-year, $65-million deal, while Lowry followed the veteran power forward up receiving a three-year, $100-million contract of his own.
With the main three locked in for a three year window, the focus now shifts to the supporting cast. This may be exactly where the culture reset aspect of Ujiri’s plan may come into play.
Maybe, the pieces around the core was always the issue. Maybe considering Jonas Valanciunas part of the core was always the problem.
Rumours have been swirling, and it looks like the Raptors are looking to move Cory Joseph, DeMarre Carroll, and even Valanciunas for cap flexibility and more suitable pieces to put around their stars. There is still a long summer ahead filled with many decisions that still need to be made.
The Raptors look to have a great looking rookie in O.G. Anunoby who can potentially help right away when healthy. After that, the Raptors need as much offensive firepower as possible as they hope to not only challenge the mighty Cleveland Cavaliers, but the Western Conference.
The “weapons race” is real and it seems like the Raptors are not planning on sitting this one out!