Not surprisingly there is no market across the NBA for Rudy Gay, the Raptors roster-choking quasi-franchise player, unless the Raptors want to take back an even longer and more toxic deal. They are left hoping he refuses to pick up his $19-million option for next season, but are under no expectation he’ll leave that money on the table as his market value declines.
Similarly, in an environment where perhaps 10 teams are angling for a favourable draft position, point guard Kyle Lowry and his expiring $6-million deal is getting only tepid interest for concern he might actually help a team to a handful of unwanted victories.
So the players most likely to generate a return are the ones a prospering organization would normally like to keep around—guys like DeMar DeRozan and Amir Johnson. Is it worth moving them when they’re exactly the kind of players you’d like a prized incoming rookie to be surrounded by?http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/n...g-for-rebuild/But the Raptors aren’t fooled by the easy lure of a playoff spot. If anything, that would complicate matters. A playoff spot would create the temptation or expectation to re-sign Lowry or extend Gay, not to mention yield a mid-to-late first-round pick in a season when the Raptors desperately need and want to be in the lottery.
No folks, the rebuild is underway.
Can't happen any sooner