It’s rather clear that firing head coach Dwane Casey was only the first in what promises to be a long line of moves for the Toronto Raptors after they were embarrassed by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals earlier this month.
Without a whole lot of room to work with due to a less-than-stellar salary cap situation, this could mean that Toronto will move on from its core group. That includes All-Star guard Kyle Lowry, who could potentially be traded this summer.
“If anything does happen with that roster, Lowry is probably the guy who makes the most sense,” a league exec told Sean Deveney of the Sporting News. “He can be hard-headed, that was always his reputation, but he seems to have mellowed out now that he’s older. He’s tough and he has two years left on the contract, which makes it easy to take, especially if you can get rid of a bad deal on your books. I think that is what Toronto is going to be looking at with him and of all the possibilities, that’s the most likely.”
Toronto made a whole plethora of moves last summer to get under the luxury tax threshold. The team will enter this summer nearly $27 million over the cap.