The Toronto Raptors, unlike many other teams in the NBA, have set themselves up very nicely financially for what is set to be a very uncertain future with regards to the future of the NBA and with regard to their collective bargaining agreement.
Will there be a hard cap? A maximum on player contracts? A maximum on the amount of maximum contracts you can have on a team? Will there be a lockout next year?
Those questions among many remain unanswered so far, but at least the Toronto Raptors have set themselves up nicely going forward.
With key pieces such as DeMar DeRozan, Andrea Bargnani, Jerryd Bayless, Jose Calderon, Linus Kleiza and Ed Davis signed long-term, and possessing multiple trading chips, the Raptors stand on good ground to improve themselves greatly either at the trade deadline or in the offseason.
The expiring contracts of Peja Stojakovic, Reggie Evans, Sonny Weems and Julian Wright give the Raptors about $23 million in expiring contracts heading into the offseason. Couple that with multiple first-round picks—their own first rounder, along with Miami's first-round choice via the Chris Bosh deal—the Raptors and Bryan Colangelo will be making an impact on the NBA sooner rather than later. Also, let's not forget a $12.2 million trade exemption the Raptors could use, too, before it expires on the anniversary of the Chris Bosh trade.
Here is a list of the top 10 players that could fit into what the Raptors need or would want. Thanks to RealGM.com's trade checker for verifying all deals.