The Toronto Raptors have made several front office moves over the last couple of years. Whether it was blockbuster trades, free agency signings or draft picks, the Raptors have been heavily involved in re-constructing their team. With only two out of 15 players having a tenure of longer than two seasons with the Raptors, we take a look at how the current roster got put together.
Dwight Buycks – Signed a two-year, $1.52 million contract with the Raptors on July 16, 2013 as a free agent.
Kyle Lowry – Traded from the Houston Rockets to the Raptors on July 11, 2012 for Gary Forbes and a future first round pick (2013).
Julyan Stone – Signed a one-year minimum contract with the Raptors on September 19, 2013 as a free agent.
Austin Daye – Signed with the Raptors on August 1, 2013 as a free agent.
Landry Fields – Signed a three-year, $20 million offer sheet with the Raptors on July 11, 2012. The Knicks decided not to match the offer and Fields became a Raptor on July 14, 2012.
Tyler Hansbrough – Signed with the Raptors on July 15, 2013 as a free agent.
Here is the breakdown for how their current roster has been orchestrated:
Draft - 3
Trade - 7
Free Agency - 5
DeRozan, Ross and Valanciunas are the only players who were drafted by the team, whereas the rest of the roster came together via trade or free agency. This seems to be the direction the NBA is going as players aren't staying with their original teams anymore. With there being so much player movement around the NBA, we wouldn't be surprised to see these numbers alter even more for the Raptors. It is interesting to see that Masai Ujiri, who only became the Raptors General Manager on May 31, 2013, is responsible for acquiring nine of the 15 players on the roster. It shows that he wasn't happy with the team he was given and wanted to make immediate changes.
A year from now we could look at the Raptors' roster and none of these names could be there. It all depends on what Ujiri wants to do with the team and the direction he wants to take them. Whether it's through trade or free agency, Ujiri is expected to be very busy once again in the offseason and the team could be in for another overhaul.
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