An encouraging season has come to an end for the Raptors.
The Raptors weren’t expected to have a winning record this season, but their strong play down the stretch saw them finish 48-34, securing them the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference.
Fred VanVleet earned the first All-Star selection of his career. Scottie Barnes was named Rookie of the Year. It remains to be seen if Pascal Siakam will receive the second All-NBA selection of his career, but there’s no denying that he has a strong case.
While the Raptors weren’t able to make it out of the first round in the playoffs, they joined a shortlist of teams to force a Game 6 after falling behind 3-0 in a series.
What’s next for the Raptors following their loss to the 76ers? Here’s where they stand heading into the offseason.
All salaries are from Spotrac.
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raptors free agents
The Raptors could look mostly the same next season, but they do have two rotational players entering free agency as both Chris Boucher and Thaddeus Young are in the final seasons of their contracts.
Boucher joined the Raptors in 2018 and signed a two-year, $13.5 million extension in 2020. The Raptors acquired Young from the Spurs at this season’s trade deadline.
Additionally, Yuta Watanabe, Justin Champagnie and David Johnson will be restricted free agents while Isaac Bonga will be an unrestricted free agent.
The only Raptor with a player option in their contract for the 2022-23 season is Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk.
|Unrestricted free agents||Restricted free agents||Player options|
|chris butcher||Yuta Watanabe||Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk|
|Thaddeus Young||Justin Champagnie|
|isaac bonga||david johnson|
Raptors salary cap, future contracts, roster
Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby, Gary Trent Jr., Scottie Barnes and Precious Achiuwa are each under contract for at least one more season.
VanVleet ($22.8 million) and Trent ($18.6 million) both have a player option in their contract for the 2023-24 season.
|Pascal Siakam||$35.5 million||$37.9 million||UFA||–|
|Fred VanVleet||$21.3 million||$22.8 million (PO)||UFA||–|
|OG Anunoby||$17.4 million||$18.6 million||$19.9 million (PO)||UFA|
|Gary Trent Jr.||$17.3 million||$18.6 million (PO)||UFA||–|
|Scottie Barnes||$7.6 million||$8.0 million (TB)||$10.1 million (TB)||FRG|
|Khem Birsh||$6.7 million||$7.0 million||UFA||–|
|Precious Achiuwa||$2.8 million||$4.4 million (TB)||FRG||–|
|Malachi Flynn||$2.1 million||$3.9 million (TB)||FRG||–|
|Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk||$1.9 million (PO)||UFA||–||–|
|Dalano Banton||$1.6 million (NG)||FRG||–||–|
|Armoni Brooks||$1.8 million (NG)||FRG||–||–|
PO = Player option
TO =Team Option
NG = Non-guaranteed
FRG = Restricted free agency
UFA = Unrestricted free agency
Raptors 2022 NBA Draft Picks
The Raptors included a protected 2022 first-round pick in their deal with the Spurs that brought them Young at the trade deadline. Since it was protected 1-14 in 2022 and the Raptors made the playoffs, it will be conveyed this summer, meaning Toronto will not have its pick in the first round.
The Raptors acquired a second-round pick (via Pistons) from the Spurs in the same trade. The Warriors own Toronto’s second-round pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, so the Raptors will have only one second-round pick.
One burning question
What does the future hold for Scottie Barnes?
The Raptors aren’t short on talent, but nobody’s future is as bright as Barnes’.
The No. 4 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, Barnes shattered expectations this season. He led all rookies in minutes while averaging 15.3 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. He got better as the season wore on, setting his career-high in points (31), rebounds (17) and assists (10) in games following the All-Star break.
Barnes also put his defensive potential on full display. He graded out as the second-most versatile defender in the entire league and played a key role on a Raptors team that ranked in the top-10 in defensive efficiency. He’s proven to be a perfect fit in Nick Nurse’s aggressive defensive scheme.
Barnes caught the attention of some of the league’s best players with his two-way play this season.
Unfortunately, Barnes’ first postseason was impacted by an ankle injury that he suffered in Game 1 against the 76ers. He was able to return and played in Games 4, 5 and 6, so he shouldn’t limit him much in the offseason as he looks to build on his promising rookie campaign.