Locking up Lowry and Ibaka should extend Toronto's competitive window another three years. But a lack of cap space will make it difficult to push the ceiling any higher during that stretch.
The Raptors have enjoyed a strong four-year stretch, but run the risk of getting stuck in the middle with no clear way to close the gap on the unstoppable James and the Cavaliers.
If the Raptors show fight and avoid a sweep, perhaps the core will remain intact. If not, well, it could be time to go in another direction.
The Toronto Raptors traded for Serge Ibaka because they hoped he could still be the dominant defender he once was. So far, in these playoffs, he has been.
The VICELAND hosts talked about how Serge Ibaka and Robin Lopez's fight paled in comparison to those of yesteryear.
Lopez and Ibaka threw down hard during the Bulls-Raptors game Tuesday night, and it was really close to being really ugly.
Toronto's two big deadline additions are providing immediate impacts on the defensive end, helping make the Raptors a much more complete unit.
Toronto impressively balanced its present vs. future needs with additions of Serge Ibaka and P.J. Tucker.