The Toronto Raptors were just swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second year in a row. What can we expect from Toronto in the off-season?

On May 7, the Toronto Raptors were swept in the playoffs by LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second year in a row.The Raptors earned first place in the Eastern Conference and had another solid season in 2017-18. Unfortunately, it seems that the current Raptors team just doesn’t quite have enough to compete for a championship. Many have thought that they are just a piece or two away for the past couple of seasons. 
Now that there off-season has begun, and changes are already being made. Dwane Casey was sent packing as part of these changes. With a new coach, fans from up north are hoping for a culture change. They are also hoping to add a third piece to tie in with DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry.

Not changing too soon

Those changes that fans want may not be coming anytime soon. According to basketball specialist Sascha Paruk at Sports Betting Dime: “There are rumblings of trades for DeAndre Jordan, Andrew Wiggins, and DeMarcus Cousins. But given how much money the Raps already have committed for 2018-19, acquiring a high-priced player would necessarily involve a massive roster shake-up. GM Masai Ujiri has proven to be a cautious and patient man, not one prone to reactionary dealings. That means, come September, the Toronto roster is apt to look similar to how it looks now. The changes that do take place (e.g. potentially losing breakout bench star Fred VanVleet) likely won’t improve their chances of winning next year.
Unless LeBron James takes his stockpile of Raptor Kryptonite to the Western Conference, expect Toronto to open at long odds to win the 2019 NBA title, and the Eastern Conference. They should be somewhere in the 40/1 – 50/1 range for the former. They should be in the 18/1 – 25/1 range for the latter,” Paruk said.
Paruk added that the lines will open for next year as soon as the championship game ends. For bettors, they should consider some of the recommended sites listed here. Since futures can be placed throughout the season, it’s a good idea to review for transparency.

Important time in the 6

There is no doubt that the 2018 off-season will be one of the most important ones in team history. A decision will have to be made whether or not an aging Lowry and Serge Ibaka will be worth trying to build upon in the future. They have little to no money to spend with four players making upwards of 15 million dollars next season. With little money and a GM who does not seem to take a lot of chances, this could be the end of an era in Raptors basketball.
This team that Ujiri has built has had the best five-year run in franchise history. Their record from this season at 59-23 was the best season in their 23 years of existence. To have that success fade into black without a championship would be a disappointing end to an incredible run for Toronto.

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Hi my name is Daniel Plocher and I am a junior at Wisconsin Lutheran College. I am the Editor-in-Chief of our student newspaper and love writing for Armchair. I was raised in California, however I love all Detroit sports. My family is really weird because one side of the family is all Detroit and Michigan fans, and the other side is huge into Wisconsin sports and Michigan St fans. We are literally a family divided by sports. Because of this, I cheer for the Brewers and the Bucks to ease a bit of tension. I mainly write for Armchair Tigers, but I also write some pieces for my other fandoms as well.
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Content Contributor for Armchair Tigers The Armchair All-Americans LLC
Hi my name is Daniel Plocher and I am a junior at Wisconsin Lutheran College. I am the Editor-in-Chief of our student newspaper and love writing for Armchair. I was raised in California, however I love all Detroit sports. My family is really weird because one side of the family is all Detroit and Michigan fans, and the other side is huge into Wisconsin sports and Michigan St fans. We are literally a family divided by sports. Because of this, I cheer for the Brewers and the Bucks to ease a bit of tension. I mainly write for Armchair Tigers, but I also write some pieces for my other fandoms as well.

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