Already deep in luxury tax territory and unsuccessfully looking to dump contracts even at the expense of potentially getting worse, Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri should be looking to do more than just being a top four team in the Eastern Conference. He should go for it and take his shot at getting to the NBA Finals.
It was inevitable that the Toronto Raptors were going to lose Patrick Patterson to free agency this summer because of luxury tax constraints, but at least he’s heading West to the Oklahoma City Thunder
So what we were waiting for was Utah Jazz free agent Gordon Hayward to write a thank you piece in The Player’s Tribune.
Until there’s some clarity with the remaining big name free agents, the next shoe to drop for teams like the Toronto Raptors is left hanging up in the air.
So Gordon Hayward has picked the Celtics according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and will rejoin his college coach Brad Stevens, but that’s not the end of this story. Not by a long shot.
Now that Phil Jackson is gone, New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony took the biggest impediment to trading him off the table putting himself in play. Melo will waive his no trade clause.
Kyle Lowry got his salary and president Masai Ujiri got his term as the Toronto Raptors re-acquired their free agent All-Star point guard on a three-year $100 million deal.