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deaner
JeffB_STR82DVD wrote:
Charles Barkley now says the Cavs are the favourite to go to the finals. Lol


Do we play them again before the playoffs? Me must
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elT
JeffB_STR82DVD wrote:
Charles Barkley now says the Cavs are the favourite to go to the finals. Lol


But they are. He also said they didn't have a chance just 24 hours ago. 
It remains to be seen but it seems they got rid of their problematic guys and got better players/fits. 
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elT
deaner wrote:
Do we play them again before the playoffs? Me must


Twice, both in Cleveland. 
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deaner
elT wrote:


Twice, both in Cleveland. 


Good testing ground. I hope we use it to adjust.
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JeffB
@JLew1050
Raptors deal still hasn't been made official. Maybe Bruno won't waive his no-trade clause?
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Northern Neighbour
Bruno has a NTC? I didn't think that was possible since he doesn't nearly have enough years in the league.
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LX
I think josh was joshing.
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DanH
Josh was joshing, indeed.

In any case it's official now.

For the record, re: the conversation a couple pages back, the Raptors are 1.84M clear of the tax, and they have either the minimum (about 500k at this point) or their BAE (has dropped to about 2.75M in value) to offer.  But keep in mind, Lowry has incentives for making the ECF (500k) and Finals (500k) and I think the team would like to avoid the tax in both cases.  He also has an incentive for all-NBA selection (no reported number but I peg it at about 300k).  So, if they sign a guy to the minimum, they have room to absorb all three of those incentives without going into the tax.  If they are OK with going into the tax if they make the Finals, then they might use part of that BAE to offer up to 1M to a player instead, but I doubt it.  I think they'd rather the cushion, and just sell any prospective signing on the team, rather than the paycheck (which will be cut down by set-off if it's above the minimum anyway).

Lowry also has incentives for all-Defence and winning a championship, but a) it's safe to say he's probably not getting an all-NBA nod, charges drawn notwithstanding, and b) I don't think the tax is a concern if we win a chip.

Also, they are definitely signing Vince if he gets waived.
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