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On Thursday night, I wrote about where the acquisition of Kyle Lowry leaves the Raptors. The major component of that post was a look at the point guard situation in Toronto, where Lowry joined Jose Calderon and restricted free agent Jerryd Bayless.

So much for that, as on Friday, the Raptors pulled their qualifying offer (roughly $4 million) to Bayless, officially making the 23-year-old guard an unrestricted free agent. The biggest difference, of course, is that the Raptors no longer have the option to match any offers for Bayless. If he and another team come to an agreement on a contract, he becomes an ex-Raptor.

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Everyone thought the competition for Steve Nash’s services was being fought between the Raptors and Knicks. The Mavericks were seen as a formidable team in the mix once they lost out on Deron Williams.

Earlier on Wednesday, New York looked like the overwhelming favourites.

And then, just like that, news began to break Wednesday evening that the Lakers, who hadn’t even really been mentioned in the Nash sweepstakes until Tuesday, had swooped in to steal Nash.

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Some Canadians dreamed of a scenario where Steve Nash would agree to join the Raptors on Canada Day. Now the fear is that he’ll agree to join the Knicks on the Fourth of July.

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We know Steve Nash is the primary target of everything this summer for Bryan Colangelo and the Raptors. We also know that the point guard position is one of the areas (along with the small forward spot) that Colangelo believes needs to be addressed this off-season.

If the Raptors swing and miss on Nash, reports still speculate that they would potentially make a push for Jeremy Lin, who is a restricted free agent. Then there’s the lead guard situation in Houston, where feisty Kyle Lowry isn’t Kevin McHale’s biggest fan and Goran Dragic appears to be a young point guard on the rise, but one who will demand a sizable contract as well.

Lastly, there is Toronto’s most recent point guard combination of Jose Calderon and Jerryd Bayless. Calderon is heading into the final year of a long-term and lucrative contract and is a potential amnesty target. Bayless is an intriguing yet unproven (over the long haul anyway) young restricted free agent.

I think it’s safe to say that one of these six names will be Toronto’s starting point guard on opening night in October, and that a few of them will be moving around this summer. But of the six, which one would you say is the best option right now? Which of the six will be the best player a year from now, two years from now?

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A week ago we talked about a New York Daily News report that mentioned the Raptors as possible suitors for Jeremy Lin, by way of a potential back-loaded contract.

Already this week, the New York Post writes that “a source confirmed” Toronto will be an offer sheet suitor for Lin and ESPN.com has Toronto No. 1 on a list of teams besides the Knicks that might go after the young point guard.

One thing that hasn’t been given much thought yet though, is whether Lin would be a good fit in Toronto and whether signing him long term would be a good decision.

To really get a grasp on an answer to those questions, we have to look at what the options are at the point guard position for the Raptors next season, and going forward.

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