Toronto Raptors: 5 Notable Headlines From 2014 Offseason

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May 4, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors fans after a loss to the Brooklyn Nets in game seven of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at the Air Canada Centre. Brooklyn defeated Toronto 104-103. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Introduction

With September approaching and the start of the NBA preseason just over a month away, it seems like a good time to reflect on the offseason that was for the Toronto Raptors. Although there is technically some time left before the season begins, I think it is safe to assume that the bulk of the work has been done and that no more major moves will be made.

But, who knows, maybe that isn’t a safe assumption to make anymore, considering how busy this offseason has been for the league in general. Gone, it would seem, are the days when NBA news goes silent for any extended period of time.

August is usually a very quiet month, where little to nothing transpires in the way of signings and trades, but that was obviously not the case this year. The best example is the recent three-team trade involving the Cavaliers, Timberwolves, and Sixers, that was reported as a done deal several weeks before it could be officially announced.

I’m not complaining, though. Having that narrative take up almost the entire month of August — a period commonly referred to as the dog days of the NBA calendar — was actually kind of refreshing.

Even if it was only on a local scale, the Raptors also did their part to create some buzz in August to follow up what had been a whirlwind June and July. On the following slides, I present the five most notable headlines that made this one of the most exciting offseasons in franchise history.

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