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The Toronto Raptors had another stellar regular season in 2017-18. They clinched the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, had one of the best offenses in the league and finally looked primed to go on a deep postseason run.
Unfortunately for Toronto, they ran into their kryptonite once again, LeBron James.
James and the Cavs easily swept the Raptors in the second-round of the playoffs and it cost coach Dwane Casey his job, as the Raptors fired Casey last week.
Now the question is, what’s the next move president Masai Ujiri will make? Many think Ujiri needs to blow up the roster and embark on a rebuild, as it’s clear this team just doesn’t have the mental toughness or skill to get past any team led by James.
Point guard Kyle Lowry, shooting guard DeMar DeRozan and power forward Serge Ibaka, three players who always come up short in the playoffs and are owed a bunch of money over the next few years, are the prime candidates to be moved this summer according to league executives who spoke to Sporting News, with Lowry as the most likely to be traded.
“If anything does happen with that roster, Lowry is probably the guy who makes the most sense,” a league exec told 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.”
Lowry has two years and roughly $65 million left on his contract.