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Powell + McCaw for Dieng + Tillman and Salary Cap Review.


As a primer, I just wanted to go through the Raps salary cap status, focusing particularly on the 2021 NBA free agency and the push to sign Giannis Antekoumpo. As a two time MVP winner, Giannis is in the same class of players such as Tim Duncan, Karl Malone, Steve Nash and Steph Curry. If there is even a slight chance that you can land a player of that caliber, you take it. Having a superstar on an NBA team is nearly always a prerequisite to winning a championship. As the 2019 Raptors championship demonstrated, the Raps are only a superstar away from being a potential NBA champion.

Year

2019/20

2020/21

2021/22

2022/23

2023/24

Salary Cap

109,140,000

109,140,000

109,140,000

109,140,000

115,000,000

Luxury Tax Line

132,626,928

132,626,928

132,626,928

132,626,928

139,748,000

Player

Point Guard

Kyle Lowry

33,296,296

30,500,000

MLE

9,720,900

MLE

Fred Van Vleet

9,346,153

21,125,000

19,560,185

21,125,000

22,815,000

Patrick McCaw

4,000,000

4,000,000

Malachi Flynn

1,625,500

1,706,700

1,788,100

3,227,521

Shooting Guard

Norman Powell

10,116,576

10,865,952

PO (11,615,328)

Terence Davis

898,310

1,517,981

1,973,375

5,000,000

Matt Thomas

898,310

1,517,981

1,782,621

2,500,000

Paul Watson

129,568

129,568

898,310

Jalen Harris

898,310

1,517,981

Small Forward

OG Anunoby

2,281,800

3,872,215

11,616,645

15,000,000

15,000,000

Stanley Johnson

3,623,000

3,804,150

CH (4,945,395)

Oshae Brissett

129,568

129,568

Min (898,310)

1st Rd Pick (2021)

2,284,800

1,719,400

1,801,200

Power Forward

Pascal Siakam

2,351,838

30,559,200

33,003,936

35,644,251

38,495,791

Rondae Hollis Jefferson

2,500,000

Chris Boucher

1,588,231

2,500,000

TO (2,500,000)

Center

Marc Gasol

25,595,700

Spain

Vet Min(2.5mil)

Serge Ibaka

23,271,604

18,000,000

Dewan Hernandez

898,310

1,517,981

1,782,621

Giannis Antekoumpo

32,742,000

35,361,360

38,190,269

2nd Rd Pick (2021)

Min (898,310)

1,517,981

Non-Taxpayer MLE

9,258,000

9,720,900

10,206,945

Bi-annual exception

3,623,000

3,804,150

Total Salary

120,925,264

132,563,406

108,869,174

129,376,992

119,529,780

Salary Cap Space

-11,785,264

-23,423,406

270,826

-20,236,992

-4,529,780

Luxury Tax Space

11,701,664

63,522

23,757,754

3,249,936

20,218,220



The above table incorporates VanVleet's new salary. I have left Serge's salary in the table at $18 million to show that that was the absolute max the raps would have offered him to stay for the year, but I suspect he wanted to go to LAC for the security of the extra year as well as a better chance at another championship.

In order to address our issues at centre and maintain our cap flexibility for the 2021 offseason, we could trade Norman Powell and Patrick McCaw for Gorgui Dieng and Xavier Tillman. This trade works well for both teams as Memphis has a loaded front court with primarily JV, Brandon Clarke and Jaren Jackson Jr. Memphis can use a good quality wing as their primary wings are Kyle Anderson, Dillon Brooks and Melton.

Post trade, the raps would have a starting five of Lowry, VanVleet, OG, Siakam and Dieng. Dieng isn't as good a shooter as Ibaka, but he is a slightly better defender. Tillman may actually develop into a shorter Marc Gasol. He is an extremely smart player who passes the ball extremely well and is a reasonably good defender. The shooting guard spot would be manned by VanVleet, Davis (hopefully, his domestic charges are not as bad as the initial press releases suggested, he apologies profusely and he does some good community work), Thomas and Watson. The reason that Powell is expendable is that we can't keep him and sign a max-contract player in the 2021 offseason.

Whether or not the Raps do the trade, they can still round out the roster with 1 yr deals, or 1 year + 2nd year team option deals using the MLE (~$9.2 million). I would look to target Harry Giles and Aron Baynes.

I didn't go into the table in detail, but the Raps are walking a very fine line with regards to keeping salary cap room for Giannis (only $63,552 to spare according the the above calculations). For those of you wondering why the raps haven't been active in the post-draft market or the free agent market, the most the Raps can offer are one year deals and anyone offering more than that would likely trump what the raps can offer.

I would love to hear any comments.