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Old 02-03-2013, 12:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Will the Raptors suffer the same fate as the Grizzlies?

No, not the Vancouver Grizzlies.

It's no secret why Memphis traded Rudy. They wanted some cap relief and needed out from Rudy's icky contract. It wasn't that they didn't like him, but they needed to free up some money with the future in mind.

With the our recent acquisitions, the Raps are now basically in cap hell. And with the way Colangelo has been talking, there's a very reasonable possibility that another move could be coming that would further steepen the overall salary of the team. Kyle Lowry is going to need a nice extension soon, and without any outstanding expiring contracts coming off the books this summer, it looks like financial flexibility is going to be pretty tight.

My question is whether or not MLSE will be willing to dip into the Luxury Tax in order to keep the core of the team together or not. Will they decide to support the team with further funds by entering the Luxury Tax threshold, or will they decide to sell the farm in order to keep the money situation at a controllable level? Will it be worth it for them to keep a roster of players that doesn't have championship potential? Or even Conference Final potential?

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