Can those Bird rights be used for sign-and-trades if the Raptors don’t trade them now?
They can! However, two warnings: The first is that if a team acquires a player in a sign-and-trade, they are hard-capped for the year. An over-the-cap team trying to acquire Lowry at, say, a $25-million salary will have to be very careful about their proximity to that hard cap. The second is that teams with cap space don’t need you for a sign-and-trade. There are some scenarios where it’ll still be a helpful tool, but since players can no longer get extra term or salary in a sign-and-trade, it’s primarily a cap-circumvention weapon.
Because of those factors, and the need to get the player’s approval on any sign-and-trade, the return you’d get for either is probably smaller in the summer than it would be now. A trade now not only gives the acquiring team an extra playoff run with that player, it also gets them their Bird rights, which are very valuable, especially to cap-crunch teams.
Just reading that ringer draft report and a problem with this draft seems to be that none of them can shoot.
I've seen Mitchell as a draft riser and linked to us because of his NCAA. Jalen Johnson intrigues me too based on very little. I've heard Barnes called Kawhi-ish
High boom bust eh?