The Toronto Raptors chosen to stand pat this year. But why would the Raps, a 48-win outfit, go things which weren’t broken?
Kyle Lowry obtained a contract of $48 million and four decades, which assured the team’s leader and pace-setter will reunite. Once the ink was dry on that deal, the Raps knew they could sit back and bank on inner growth February from the likes of DeMar DeRozan and Jonas Valanciunas having made his initial All-Star Game.
Stable though the Raptors are, there is still some young intrigue about the roster. Virtual unknown Bruno Caboclo has been Toronto’s surprise first-round choice, and nobody is quite sure how great that the Brazilian could 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 major contributor to the ground, Nogueira is handling the adjustment to his new team in stride, based on Eric Koreen of the National Post:”Regardless, you get the sense that if Nogueira was in the heart of Siberia with no drop of Russian in his repertoire, he would still be smiling, laughing and just generally being loud.”
In sum, the Raptors did a nice job of maintaining a status quo that is prosperous whilst injecting just possibility.
And no, I can’t explain their odds are low as the Knicks’.
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