Rumors and speculations are now swirling around the Toronto Raptors regarding their offseason plan for Bismack Biyombo and DeMar DeRozan who will become free agents on July 1.
The Toronto Raptors’ achievements in the recent season were undeniably incredible as they managed to enter the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history. The Raptors defeated the Indiana Pacers and the Miami Heat in the first two rounds of the Eastern Conference playoffs. However, they fell short when they got beaten by the Cleveland Cavaliers in their best-of-seven series.
Many are expecting that these will be the start of the Raptors’ legacy to become one of the dominant teams in the NBA. However, their plan is threatened to be ruined as the NBA free agency draws near where Bismack Biyombo and DeMar DeRozan are on the line.
According to a report from the Toronto Republic, Bismack Biyombo decided to decline his player option in the 2016-17 NBA season and become an unrestricted free agent. Though it is not practical for the Toronto Raptors, Biyombo felt that he deserves a higher salary next season. Even if the Raptors want to re-sign him, they will be having a problem since they have a limited salary cap.
DeMar DeRozan is expected to be the main priority of the Toronto Raptors this summer. He is one of the major reason behind the recent success of the team so re-signing him should be a must. DeRozan is one of the free agents who deserve a maximum contract.
Here is an analogy made by Eric Pincus of Basketball Insider regarding on how can the Toronto Raptors re-sign both DeMar DeRozan and Bismack Biyombo:
“The challenge for the Raptors will be finding the cap room to pay Biyombo since they only hold his non-Bird rights. The most Toronto can pay Biyombo is $3.4 million without using cap space (and also his cap hold this summer).”
“If the Raptors successfully re-sign All-Star guard DeMar DeRozan – should he also choose to opt out – the Raptors won’t have the money to pay Biyombo unless they look to trade a player away (such as Terrance Ross or the aforementioned Valanciunas).” Pincus wrote.
Though the idea of trading Jonas Valanciunas is not practical, it is one of the things that they can do to re-sign Bismack Biyombo for their team. Once Bismack Biyombo enters the free agency market, there will surely be lots of teams that will make a seductive offer to acquire him for their team.
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