The Raptors won their first championship in franchise history in 2019 and have won 50+ games for 5 consecutive seasons, but this year, this streak is coming to an end, as well as their streak of making the playoffs for seven consecutive seasons.
Toronto is currently three games back from the Washington Wizards for the 10-seed in the Eastern Conference and with just 8 games remaining on their schedule, it seems like a long-shot for the Raptors to sneak into the playoff picture.
They traded Norman Powell at the NBA trade deadline, almost traded Kyle Lowry and now both Gayr Trent Jr. and Kyle Lowry are set to become free agents in the offseason. With not a ton of cap space to work with and a team that is going to finish sub .500, where do the Raptors go from here?
The Raptors could re-sign Lowry, but he is now 35-years-old and nearing the end of his career. If they let Lowry walk though and sign elsewhere, they could dig themselves a hole that will take years to get out of.
Whatever the Raptors decide to do in regards to their pending free agents, they still have Fred VanVleet, Pascal Siakam, O.G. Anunoby and Chris Boucher to build with, so not all hope is lost, but this team has some major roster rebuilding to do in the offseason if they are to remain relevant.