The Rudy Gay era is over and the Raptors have finally picked a direction.
Itís all about the future now for the franchise and the present is merely a means to get to those hopefully brighter days.
The Raptors didnít get a ton back for Rudy Gay, Aaron Gray and Quincy Acy ó a solid backup point guard in Greivis Vasquez, a reserve big man with a nice offensive touch in Patrick Patterson, a wily veteran defender named Chuck Hayes and John Salmons, who likely wonít be around long. None of the newly acquired pieces could be around long, for that matter, and sources say none of their new teammates are guaranteed to be a part of the future in Toronto, either. Not DeMar DeRozan, certainly not Kyle Lowry, and maybe not even Jonas Valanciunas, though heís the least likely of all to be departing. Still GM Masai Ujiri is willing to deal anybody, should the right offer come along as he seeks to re-work a franchise that Bryan Colangelo had run aground. In the meantime, he has several pieces to offer around in return for youngsters, draft picks or more cap space.
As is, with this trade, Ujiri has saved the team $13 million in cap obligations next summer, or nearly $6 million if Patterson and Vasquez return for the option year of their deals should they make a good impression.