If, at the end of it, the Raptors are still surfing a low tide across the top of the Atlantic Division, that will be the signal for an entrenchment.
At that point, everyone stays where they are and the Raptors dig in for a playoff run.
That would mean sticking with Kyle Lowry, who is playing the best basketball of his career and has emerged as a locker room leader.
Though history suggests that Lowry will be looking elsewhere to find a big free-agent deal once the season ends, thatís not the feeling amongst the Raptors management. They remain convinced that Lowry is willing to sign long-term in Toronto. Lowry isnít saying one way or the other.
Regardless, the team is comfortable taking their chance of losing Lowry for nothing, if it means the possibility of a substantial post-season run.