Only contract that we're obligated to pay beyond this year is Hayes at around 6 million. Getting Patterson and Vasquez is a positive return as they don't make very much and should have value (both have qualifying offer beyond this year). Salmons has a 7 million team option that will be declined.
Now that this is done, I'd like to see follow-up moves dealing Amir and Lowry too. Derozan should be available as well.
- Hayes and Salmons are totally irrelevant to the Raptors long-term future if this is the start of a rebuild. Salmons shouldn't even be on the active roster. Hayes will hopefully be traded elsewhere this year.
- I'd like to see Patterson play because, well, why not? See if there is anything to him. Gotta trade Amir to open up minutes first though.
- Vasquez is a solid rotation player in the NBA. Not ideal as a starter if you want to be a great team but not bad to have on the team if he's cheap.
The truth is, you can only justify having a 19M player on your roster if either A. you're a playoff team or B. that player is someone who is so damn good that you can build your entire team around them. Rudy clearly is neither of those so it was a good move to let him go. We have a guy who has actually outplayed him all year and is taking in half the salary. Now DD's contract doesn't look so bad anymore.