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NBA Team Previews: Toronto Raptors 2013-14

Erik Siegrist

Erik Siegrist

Erik Siegrist is an FSWA award-winning columnist who covers all four major North American sports (that means the NHL, not NASCAR) and whose beat extends back to the days when the Nationals were the Expos and the Thunder were the Sonics. He was the inaugural champion of Rotowire's Staff Keeper baseball league. His work has also appeared at Baseball Prospectus.

STATE OF THE FRANCHISE
The Raptors spun their wheels once again last season, as the Bryan Colangelo era in Toronto came to a whimpering end. A futile offseason attempt to repatriate Steve Nash left them holding the bag on a poison pill contract to role player Landry Fields (which was designed to shut the Knicks out of the Nash sweepstakes, only for the Lakers to swoop in instead) and forced Colangelo to deal a first-round pick for Kyle Lowry to man the point. When Lowry, Fields and Andrea Bargnani missed a combined 93 games though, the club just wasn't able to keep pace even in a weak Eastern Conference. A trade deadline deal to pick up Rudy Gay's max contract injected a little life into the roster, but when the Raptors missed the postseason yet again, Colangelo was quietly booted upstairs and replaced by former Nuggets GM Masai Ujiri.

Ujiri's first order of business was to send Bargnani packing, dealing the oft-injured former first overall pick to the Knicks in

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