Though they have been loath to share it around, the Raptors have already set themselves an early deadline.
According to someone involved in the process, the current group has 45 days from the start of tomorrow’s NBA season to prove that they are not only a playoff team, but a sustainable one.
Even this season’s most optimistic performance target — squeaking into the top eight in the Eastern Conference — may not be enough.
“7-Eleven,” one source said. “That’s where you get diabetes.”
If the team does not appear viable by mid-December, they will begin to dismantle it ahead of the most promising draft class in a decade.