NBA Rumor: Gary Trent Jr Free Agency

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Koreen: Another tidbit from your combine piece: You reported league sources believe the Raptors will keep Trent, a restricted free agent. That has always made sense to me. I have a philosophical query about negotiating with restricted free agents, though. At 22, there is lots of potential room for growth for Trent. Saying that, given Collins, Allen, Lonzo Ball, Duncan Robinson, Kendrick Nunn and Lauri Markkanen are all restricted free agents, you wouldn’t expect Trent to be the guy that draws the too-rich-for-our-blood offer sheet from a young team trying to improve its talent base in any way possible.

Trent has a small $2.1 million cap hold which is very valuable to Toronto. They could spend all their cap space and then go over the cap to re-sign Trent to what he commands. They can generate around $22 million in cap space assuming they get a mid-to-late lottery pick, and they waive all non-guaranteed contracts except Chris Boucher. Newly acquired Hood is non-guaranteed for next season, so it’s possible that the Raptors buy him out now since they will likely cut him this offseason.
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October 15, 2021 | 8:05 pm EDT Update