Raptors extend qualifying offers to Patrick McCaw, Nando de Colo
McCaw, a 25-year-old guard has barely played for the Raptors last season. He averaged 1.7 points and was not able to do anything significant in Toronto’s championship run. Still, he became the first player since 2003 to win a three-peat, as he was also part of the Golden State Warriors squad that won the titles in 2017 and 2018.
As for De Colo, the 32-year-old French point guard has not played in the NBA since 2014. However, he is still optimistic about being able to return. The Raptors are giving him that opportunity, as they have held his rights and issued him a qualifying offer during the years he was playing overseas.
From 2012-2014, De Colo appeared in 119 NBA games and averaged 3.8 points, 1.8 rebounds, and 1.7 assists.
Both players are now restricted free agents, as McCaw received a $1.9 million qualifying offer while De Colo got $1.8 million.
These are moves that do not impact the Raptors that much, but having extra bodies who are capable of going off from time to time could b beneficial for the team in the long run.
It is unclear if any team will be interested in matching the offer sheets given by the Raptors to McCaw and De Colo, so they will most likely remain with the team next season.
The Raptors are now expected to shift their focus to their most significant free agent, Kawhi Leonard. Free agency will begin next week, with Toronto optimistic they could retain the reigning Finals MVP.