2020/21 Salary Cap Preview: Toronto Raptors

Hoops Rumors is looking ahead at the 2020/21 salary cap situations for all 30 NBA teams. Due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the NBA, it’s impossible to know yet where the cap for 2020/21 will land. Given the league’s lost revenue, we’re assuming for now that it will stay the same as the ’19/20 cap, but it’s entirely possible it will end up higher or lower than that.

Following a thrilling run to the first NBA championship in franchise history last spring, the Raptors lost Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard, prompting a number of league observers to project a fall back to earth in 2019/20. However, this year’s version of the Raps proved they’re more than just Leonard’s supporting cast, entering the hiatus with a 46-18 record, good for third in the NBA.

With key contributors like Fred VanVleet, Marc Gasol, and Serge Ibaka all headed for unrestricted free agency, Toronto’s outlook is uncertain going forward, but the team should have the flexibility to bring back at least one or two of those veterans while retaining spending power for the 2021 offseason.

Here’s where things stand for the Raptors financially in 2020/21, as we continue our Salary Cap Preview series:

Guaranteed Salary

Player Options

Team Options

  • None

Non-Guaranteed Salary

Restricted Free Agents

Unrestricted Free Agents / Other Cap Holds

Offseason Cap Outlook

The Raptors don’t currently have a ton of guaranteed money on their books for 2020/21, but we’re assuming they’ll operate as an over-the-cap team in order to retain the ability to re-sign some combination of VanVleet, Gasol, Ibaka, Boucher, and Hollis-Jefferson.

Depending on how expensive VanVleet and their veteran centers get, Toronto could even end up flirting with the tax line again next season. If we assume the cap doesn’t increase at all for 2020/21 and that Johnson and all the non-guaranteed players return, the club would have a cushion of about $45MM to re-sign its own free agents (and/or add outside talent) before going into tax territory.

Cap Exceptions Available

  • Mid-level exception: $9,258,000 6


  1. This is a projected value. Siakam’s actual maximum salary will be 25% of the cap, unless he makes the All-NBA First or Second Team, in which case it will be anywhere from 28-30% of the cap.
  2. Davis’ new salary guarantee date is unknown.
  3. Hernandez’s new salary guarantee date is unknown.
  4. Gasol’s cap hold will be the lesser of $38,393,550 or 35% of the 2020/21 cap.
  5. The cap holds for De Colo, Nogueira, Lin, Meeks, and Thompson remain on the Raptors’ books because they haven’t been renounced after going unsigned in 2019/20. They can’t be used in a sign-and-trade deal.
  6. This is a projected value. If the Raptors’ team salary continues to increase, they may be limited to the taxpayer mid-level exception ($5,718,000).

Note: Minimum-salary and rookie-scale cap holds are based on the salary cap and could increase or decrease depending on where the cap lands.

Salary information from Basketball Insiders and Early Bird Rights was used in the creation of this post. Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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4 thoughts on “2020/21 Salary Cap Preview: Toronto Raptors

  1. Simmons>Russ

    I think Ibaka will choose to leave Toronto and team up with James Harden and Russell Westbrook in Houston with the Rockets.
    He would be a solid 3 and D big man cause surely they can’t expect Tucker and Covington to play that role for 82 games plus playoffs next season.
    Ibaka was a teammate of Russ and Harden in OKC and has been good friends with both ever since.

    As for Gasol I think Toronto will want him to stay but he might want to go ring chasing and join the Clippers or someone like that.

    Either way Ibaka leaving means there will be money for FVV to stay which will be very important.

    Lastly if Ibaka and Gasol leave then I think Tristan Thompson will be favourite to replace them as he has developed a big of a 3 ball and is from Canada. A move home to try win would be good for him

    • x%sure

      Agree about destinations for Ibaka & Marc Gasol. Gasol has conservative/defender instincts and is more helpful to the team so they will work it out. Ibaka feeling set aside will go and Houston could use an inside presence who likes to shoot 3s.

      Not sure there will be money for Tristan. They like RHJ there and will likely prefer Chris Boucher who will be getting a raise. Tristan should give that choice a waitnsee… Cavs will wait on him.

      • Simmons>Russ

        I think Thompson will get want to leave Cleveland and Cleveland won’t fight to keep him. They already have Drummond and Love.

        If your Thompson you’ve also earned heaps on your last deal maybe going home and being a starter in a team with Lowry FVV and Siakim would be good for him.

        Yeah I think Ibaka will be as good as gone. I’m just unsure on Gasol. He may wish to stay as the Raptors have treated him well and he could return to the playoffs. He may also want to add another ring with the Clippers. Imagine Beverly George Kawhi Morris and Gasol
        With Lou Will Shamet McGruder Zubac and others.

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