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Old 01-26-2012, 04:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The future for Bayless in toronto?

Toronto already extended / picked up options on James Johnson, Ed Davis, and DeMar DeRozan last summer (June) – prior to the start of the NBA lockout. But the club did not offer a contract extension to guard, Jerryd Bayless.

Though the Raptors let the Wednesday deadline come and go without putting forth a deal for Bayless, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the Arizona product is done in T.O.

In fact, my hunch would be that this could be more of a “financial move”, for now.

By not extending Bayless the Raptors will save themselves more salary cap / flexibility for this coming off-season. Plus, when the regular season ends they could still put in a qualifying offer for Bayless before June 30 and, thus, make him a restricted free agent (essentially, Toronto would have the right to match any offer for him that might come from another team) or they could sign him to a new contract, as a free agent, when the sweepstakes begin after July 1.
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