Upgrades, Focus on Defense Are Foundation for Expected Improvement

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Upgrades, Focus on Defense Are Foundation for Expected Improvement
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After failing to persuade free agent and Canadian Steve Nash to finish his career north of the border, the Toronto Raptors didn’t waste time setting in motion their Plan B to make offseason upgrades. They traded with Houston for point guard Kyle Lowry and signed free-agent small forward Landry Fields away from the Knicks. They also gave the frontcourt an immediate boost by signing 2011 first-round pick Jonas Valanciunas, who had spent the 2011-12 season with his Lithuanian club...

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