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Jul 18 2016

Lucas Nogueira

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Analysis: Nogueira will need to compete with Poetl in fall camp in order to earn a consistent bench role behind starting center Jonas Valanciunas. In the 20115-16 season, Nogueira appeared in 29 games , averaging 2.2 points and 1.6 rebounds in eight minutes per game.

Injury: NO

Injury Status: No

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Jul 18 2016

Patrick Patterson

Update: N/A

Analysis: When the Raptors signed Jared Sullinger, it was their intention that Sullinger would become the starting power forward while Patterson would continue from his role off of the bench. Patterson saw 26 minutes per game in the 2015-16 season, and averaged 6.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per game. If he ends up getting the bulk of the minutes, it seems his role would only be marginally increased as he's usually the fourth or fifth offensive option on the court due to the Raptors' strong backcourt.

Injury: NO

Injury Status: No

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Jul 18 2016

Norman Powell

Update: N/A

Analysis: Powell was clearly the best player on the floor for a Toronto team that bowed out to Minnesota during tournament play. He shot a passable 42.6 percent from the field but converted 46.2 percent of his three-point attempts and got to the line 7.0 times per game. Expectations will be high for Powell as he enters his sophomore season, and he'll again be a key piece off the bench for a Raptors team gearing up for another run at the Cavaliers.

Injury: NO

Injury Status: No

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Jul 14 2016

Anthony Bennett

Update: N/A

Analysis: This will be the former No. 1 overall pick's fourth team in three seasons in the NBA, as he continues to fail to live up to the expectations placed on him. He's averaged just 4.2 points and 3.1 rebounds over 12.8 minutes per game in those three seasons while never really finding a role on a team. The Nets, however, have a frontcourt filled with young, unproven talent, which could give Bennett at least an opportunity to see the floor, especially with the league putting out smaller lineups. The contract is for the minimum salary with only the first year guaranteed.

Injury: NO

Injury Status: No

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Jul 12 2016

Luis Scola

Update: N/A

Analysis: Scola, now 36-years-old, has found a new home after a 2015-16 campaign with the Raptors in which he averaged 8.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 22 minutes per game through 76 games. Despite his age, the veteran has been able to stay healthy for the most part, appearing in at least 76 games throughout the past four seasons dating back to 2012. Although he was a starter in Toronto, Brooklyn's frontcourt features the likes of Brook Lopez, Trevor Booker, and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. This may call for Scola's role to be slightly reduced as he enters his 10th season in the league.

Injury: NO

Injury Status: No

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Jul 10 2016

James Johnson

Update: N/A

Analysis: Johnson posted some minutes with the Raptors last season, but was not a consistent scoring threat on a team that reached the Eastern Conference Finals. He played in 57 games, including 32 starts and scored 5.0 points and 2.2 rebounds in 16.2 minutes per game a season ago.

Injury: NO

Injury Status: No

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Jul 02 2016

Bismack Biyombo

Update: N/A

Analysis: The financial terms of the deal have not yet been announced; Biyombo will be teaming up with Serge Ibaka to form one of the best shot-blocking frontcourts in the NBA, although Nikola Vucevic will likely continue to start at center in place of Biyombo. Biyombo played in all 82 games of the regular season for Toronto last year, but started just 22. He averaged 4.6 points and 8.0 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks in 22 minutes per game in that span. In the playoffs, with Jonas Valanciunas hurt, Biyombo was able to play more and showcase his abilities. He averaged 6.3 points, 10.3 rebounds and 1.8 blocks while playing 31.3 minutes per game in the Eastern Conference Finals versus the Cavaliers, starting every game.

Injury: YES

Injury Status: OUT

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Jun 23 2016

Kyle Lowry

Update: N/A

Analysis: It will be the first Games for Lowry, who earned a well-deserved All-Star nod this season after averaging 21.2 points, 6.4 assists and 4.7 rebounds while leading the Raptors to the Eastern Conference Finals. Though all of Stephen Curry, Chris Paul, Damian Lillard and Russel Westbrook have withdrawn their names for consideration for the U.S. team, Lowry may still have to battle Kyrie Irving for the starting duties at point guard if Irving agrees to play this summer.

Injury: NO

Injury Status: No

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Jun 13 2016

DeMar DeRozan

Update: N/A

Analysis: With the salary cap expected to rise at the start of the new league year, DeRozan will opt out of his current deal, as he's widely expected to receive a max offer while on the open market. The Raptors are the current favorites to re-sign him after enjoying their best season in franchise history, although there's always a chance he decides to play elsewhere once other offers are brought to his attention. DeRozan is coming off a campaign where he averaged a career-high 23.5 points per game last season, so his contract remains priority number one for the Raptors moving forward.

Injury: NO

Injury Status: No

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Jun 02 2016

Bismack Biyombo

Update: N/A

Analysis: Biyombo received his fourth flagrant foul during Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals, when the Raptors were officially eliminated from the playoffs. Biyombo would've served the suspension for Game 7 if the Raptors hadn't been eliminated, but instead, he'll miss the first outing of the 2016-17 campaign. With Jonas Valanciunas missing the majority of the playoffs, Biyombo established himself as a starting caliber player and is expected to get a hefty raise as he enters unrestricted free agency this offseason. He reportedly is willing to take a pay cut to return to the Raptors, but considering the team's first priority is to re-sign DeMar DeRozan, Biyombo will likely end up elsewhere come the start of the new league year.

Injury: NO

Injury Status: No

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