With NBA free agency opening Nov. 20, should the Toronto Raptors “Pass or Pursue” these five players?
After bowing out to the Boston Celtics in the second round of the playoffs this past season, the Toronto Raptors find themselves at a crossroads.
Is it time to move on from some players who helped to raise the first banner in team history? Is the main goal to remain in the running for Giannis Antetokounmpo next offseason? With the shortest free agency window in NBA history fast approaching, here are five players that Masai Ujiri et al. will be pondering.
1. Serge Ibaka
Let’s get it started with one of those players that won a championship with the Raptors in ’18-19. Serge Ibaka has spent parts of four seasons in Toronto, after coming over from the Orlando Magic in the Terrence Ross trade.
Ibaka’s stock has only risen over the course of his time with the Raptors, as Mafuzzy Chef has provided quality minutes off the bench in relief (and sometimes in rescue) of Marc Gasol.
Ibaka was one of the few Raptors to have a solid series against the Celtics last season, as his consistent shooting and rim protection were integral in Toronto forcing a Game 7.
Gasol too is a free agent, and with his return looking unlikely, should the Raptors make an effort to resign Ibaka?
In short, yes, but there’s a solid chance he lands elsewhere. With Gasol’s potential departure in mind, Ibaka is the only true centre on the roster. But with the Lakers, Nets and Rockets throwing their names in the hat for Ibaka’s services, the Congolese big will have no shortage of suitors.