5 Questions the Toronto Raptors Must Answer This Offseason

5 Questions the Toronto Raptors Must Answer This Offseason

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Lost in the shuffle of NBA headlines this season was the resurgence of the Toronto Raptors, a team that was supposed to be phoning it in after trading away star Rudy Gay to Sacramento at mid-season. But instead, the Raptors found new life and took the Atlantic Division crown and home-court advantage in the first round. What do the Raptors have to do in the offseason for an encore in 2014-15? Let's find out.

5. Can The Raptors Keep Kyle Lowry North Of The Border Long-Term?

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5. Can The Raptors Keep Kyle Lowry North Of The Border Long-Term?

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Kyle Lowry finally came into his own this season, justifying the million contract he signed back in 2010. The bad news for the Raptors is that he becomes a free agent after the season, and teams looking for a starting point guard will almost certainly have Lowry in their sights. It is crucial for Toronto to lock up Lowry long-term over the summer if the team plans to continue to be in the playoff picture in the East.

4. Will Terrence Ross Become A Consistent Scoring Threat?

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4. Will Terrence Ross Become A Consistent Scoring Threat?

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Nobody benefited more from the Rudy Gay trade than Terrence Ross, who took a surprising leap to become the third-wheel in the Raptors' offensive assault. But he does have games where he completely disappears, and if Ross wants a nice payday from the Raptors, he must display that he can come up big on a consistent basis next season.

3. Will The Raptors Pay DeMar DeRozan Superstar Money This Offseason?

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3. Will The Raptors Pay DeMar DeRozan Superstar Money This Offseason?

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After the Rudy Gay trade, the NBA world finally got to witness the awesome talents of DeMar DeRozan. He became the new face of the franchise and electrified the Air Canada Centre in a way not seen since Vince Carter ruled the skies in Canada's largest city. Now the Raptors must decide if DeRozan is worthy of being paid superstar money to go along with his new superstar status.

2. Can The Raptors Re-Sign Amir Johnson?

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2. Can The Raptors Re-Sign Amir Johnson?

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The longest tenured Raptor is due to become a free agent after next season. Amir Johnson may not see the same money as Kyle Lowry or DeMar DeRozan will command, but he should receive a decent contract extension from the team, given that he had been the most consistent performer for Toronto over the years.

1. How Can Team Keep Fans Interested?

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1. How Can Team Keep Fans Interested?

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One of the great scenes from this year's playoffs is seeing the throngs of fans packing Maple Leaf Square in downtown Toronto to cheer on their hometown team. In reality, the Raptors have always enjoyed a strong fanbase in a town dominated by their love for hockey. The goal for the team heading into next year is to keep the momentum going and to keep the fans excited about the Raptors.