With the trade deadline dust finally settling, general manager Bobby Webster said Friday that the Raptors could be aggressive in the buyout market.
He said the club will look to add one or two players in the next day or so to satisfy the league mandate but could wait until after the All-Star Break to fill out the rest of the roster. TSN’s Josh Lewenberg notes Toronto has two weeks to get their roster up to 14.
“The buyout market is hot right now so we’re going to continue to be aggressive there, and then of course we’re always looking at the 905 to promote guys and give them opportunities at this level. That’s why it’s so important to choose the guys for the 905 that we think about their NBA futures as well," Webster said Friday on TSN 1050 Toronto.
Webster added the Raptors have had discussions with a few buyout options, but didn’t offer any names.
“You reach out to different agents or agents will approach you with different names and then you start to figure out okay, first up let’s see what our new roster looks like with Marc [Gasol] and those guys gone and let’s look at the holes and let’s look strategically where we might need some more shooting or more depth, that type of thing. So we have our internal board of rankings and who fits where.”
Toronto's roster currently sits at 11 players following Thursday's blockbuster acquisition of Marc Gasol for Jonas Valanciunas, Delon Wright and C.J. Miles. The club also parted ways with Greg Monroe and Malachi Richardson in seperate transactions.
This year’s buyout market is expected to be deeper than usual. In order to be playoff eligible, players must be waived or bought out by March 1 and can sign with a new team at any point after up until the end of the regular season.
Notable players who are free agents or expected to be shortly include Carmelo Anthony, Enes Kanter, Robin Lopez, Wayne Ellington, Ben McLemore and Markieff Morris.
Following last night’s win over the Atlanta Hawks, Toronto will be back in action Saturday night in New York against the Knicks.