--The Raptors have always been one of the more cost-conscious teams in the NBA, vowing to never go past the luxury tax threshold. But because they see the best teams in the league continually going into tax territory, president and general manager Bryan Colangelo already has the approval of the team's board of directors to spend into the tax on salaries next season. He won't say what his budget is, but it's a stark turnaround from what has been the team's historical approach.
--The issue of players competing in international competition has always been a serious one for the Raptors. With so many international players on the roster, there are always a handful who go off and play for their countries in the summer. This year, Hedo Turkoglu will play for Turkey in the world championships in his native land, Chris Bosh might play for the United States at the worlds and Andrea Bargnani and Marco Belinelli both could play for Italy.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"Nobody knows. Not even me. That's something only the future holds. Everybody keeps looking for answers. There are no answers right now. There will only be answers when it's time." -- Chris Bosh on his future.
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