The Toronto Raptors opted to stand pat this year. But why could a 48-win outfit, the Raps, go?
Kyle Lowry obtained a contract of four years and $48 million, which assured the leader and pace-setter of the team will return. When the ink was dry on that deal, the Raps understood they could sit and bank on expansion from the likes of Jonas Valanciunas and DeMar DeRozanhaving made his initial All-Star Game last February.
There is still some young intrigue on the roster stable although the Raptors are. Virtual unidentified Bruno Caboclo has been Toronto’s surprise first-round pick, and nobody’s quite certain how great the Brazilian might become.
Lucas”Bebe” Nogueira, 22, joined the Raps via trade in June, and he is another potential-packed potential. And though he is not close to being a significant contributor on the ground, Nogueira is tackling the adjustment to his new team in stride, based on Eric Koreen of this National Post:”Regardless, you have the feeling that even if Nogueira was at the heart of Siberia without a drop of Russian in his repertoire, he’d still be smiling, laughing and just generally being loud.”
In sum, the Raptors did a nice job of keeping up a status quo that is prosperous whilst injecting just exciting potential.
And no, I can’t explain their odds are low as the Knicks’.
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