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Toronto Raptors (Last Year: 51-31)
2017-18 Projected Depth Chart:
C: Jonas Valanciunas/Lucas Nogueira/Jakob Poeltl
PF: Pascal Siakam
SF: DeMarre Carroll/Bruno Caboclo
SG: DeMar DeRozan/Norman Powell
PG: Cory Joseph/Delon Wright/Fred VanVleet
NBA Free Agents:
PG-Kyle Lowry (UFA)
PF-Serge Ibaka (UFA)
SF-P.J. Tucker (UFA)
PF-Patrick Patterson (UFA)
2017-18 Team Salary: Approximately $77.4 million
NBA Offseason Team Needs:
1. Re-sign Lowry:
Kyle Lowry has been a bargain for Toronto the past few years as he only made $12 million last season. He is going to cash in this summer though, and the Raptors need to decide if Lowry is worth a max deal that would reach $30+ million per year. If Toronto chooses to move on, the club will need to find a replacement in a thin free agent point guard market.
2. Power Forward:
The Raptors acquired Serge Ibaka prior to the trade deadline knowing he was becoming a free agent. Like Lowry, Ibaka will be seeking a big-time deal that could approach $20 million per year. Ibaka is not nearly as effective on both ends of the floor as he once was, so Toronto could look elsewhere for a starting power forward.
3. Wing Depth:
With P.J. Tucker a free agent and Terrence Ross being dealt in the Ibaka trade, the Raptors could use some depth on the wing and a capable scorer to bring off the bench.
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