Another reason for optimism in Raptorland:

"It wasn't that long ago that deals were always done for talent reasons," Penn said. "But more and more, deals ... are being done for financial, contractual reasons. It's an advantage for an organization to have a creative, dynamic deal maker. This isn't just adding up numbers and seeing if trades work. It's about thinking more creatively, strategically, and understanding the books and finances of other teams and what's motivating other teams. That's the secret sauce."

Colangelo and his staff have proven to fit the mold of the above quote. I do think this is important in the new reality of a much more punitive NBA tax system and a much more generous revenue sharing system.