Kyle Lowry, arguably the Raptorsí most important cog, is in the final year of his contract and at times has butted headed with head coach Dwane Casey. Lowry has been training relentlessly this summer and has said repeatedly that his squad is in the playoff next year. Fortunately for him, there isnít much on the Raptors roster to challenge his spot at starter. If Lowry and Casey can get on the same page things could go pretty well for both. If both has a contentious season, as they did much of last year, then one or both could be gone by mid-season.Will Rudy demand a big enough contract to opt out? I don't think so. But will he take less to go to a contender? That is the question.This puts the Raptors in a tough spot. They could let Gay play out the season and see where things go, or they could opt to try and trade him to avoid losing him to free agency for little to nothing in return. New president Masai Ujiri has been down this road before with Carmelo Anthony in Denver and knows full well how distracting it can be to have a guy in Gayís situation and what kind of circus it can create.