The name of Philadelphia 76ers keeps swirling in the NBA trade rumors and now a new team has emerged.
The Toronto Raptors needed just two win to reach the NBA Finals but they fail to get past LeBron James and the Cavaliers. The sad part is they will still find it tough to beat James and Cavaliers.
There is no denying the fact that Raptors are a strong team but it seems that they have reached their peak with their current squad. The Raptors lacks cap space and only has the Bird Rights to re-sign DeMar DeRozan.
Reserve center Bismack Biyombo, who impressed everyone in the Eastern Conference Finals, is now a free agent and it is expected that he would take a higher offer with another team that the Raptors can't match because they don't have Biyombo's Bird Rights.
They also need to fill a major gap at power forward, as Dave Zarum of Sportsnet Canada quoted GM Masai Ujiri addressing that.
"The way the NBA is going," Ujiri said, "and also the emergence of Valanciunas and Biyombo, [power forward] is a position where we really kind of have to get creative there and figure out what's going to work, not only financially and not only fitting with the cap but also the type of player that we bring."
The Sixer Sense reported that the Raptors may be inclined to trade Kyle Lowry and allow DeRozan to go. "But the Toronto Raptors are disappointed in their playoff performance, so that rumors are beginning to swirl about the possibility of the team parting ways with DeMar DeRozan via free agency and Kyle Lowry via trade," added the report.