The Raptors have come a long way from their dark days, and are now expected to do well. But expectations should be tempered a bit. Even something close to last season's success would still constitute progress for the franchise.
There's no lottery pick to throw around in a trade anymore. While Masai Ujiri has collected a nice group of young players, none of them are good enough to headline a package for a very useful player, let alone a star.