Kevin Durant and Dwyane Wade's free agency moves away from their first and - at the time - only NBA franchises prompted many to state that 2016 was the end of the one-organisation player.
After 13 years with the Miami Heat, Wade decided to join his hometown club the Chicago Bulls while Durant swapped Oklahoma City for California and the Golden State Warriors after nine seasons with the Thunder/Seattle SuperSonics.
However, there is still one guy left who could restore the idea of continuity, and he plans on remaining with the franchise who drafted him until the day he retires. DeMar DeRozan recently signed a five-year, $139 million deal and has previously stated he wants to see out his playing days north of the border.
Having been drafted by the Raptors with the ninth pick in 2009, the California native has developed into Mr. Toronto, and alongside Kyle Lowry has become a mainstay of the organisation. His current deal takes him up to his 30th birthday and by then a number of franchise records will be his.
Here are some of the records that the United States international is chasing down.
Appearances and minutes
Barring any terrible injuries, this time next year DeRozan will have played more games for the Canadian franchise than anybody else in history. He has taken to the hardwood 521 times over the past nine years and is just 21 appearances behind Morris Peterson.
Patterson spent seven years with Toronto from 2000-07 - reaching the playoffs three times - and started 364 of his 542 games. His production was not a touch on DeRozan's however, he averaged 12 points and 3.8 rebounds per 29.6 minutes on the floor.
The only other player to boast more appearance is now L.A. Lakers guard Jose Calderon.
Along with games comes minutes, only Chris Bosh - a name who will appear regularly on this list - stands ahead of DeMar. The current Miami Heat star racked up an incredible 18815. DeRozan has so far managed 17655.
Three-point shooting is not his strongest suit, but from inside the arc DeRozan is a completely different animal. He is third in all-time Toronto field goals, behind Bosh and the legendary Vince Carter; his 3350 is behind their 3614 and 3541 respectively.
Two-point field goals have been his bread and butter. With only 203 made threes in his career, the Compton kid has succeeded with 3147 attempts from inside the three-point line. Once again, Bosh and his 3564 stand in the way of topping the chart. One unwanted record comes in the most attempted field goals category, where he is second on 7574 behind Carter's 7944.
With so many successful field goals, it is no surprise that DeRozan finds himself closing in as the all-time leading scorer in Raptors history. Bosh is out in front on 10275 - the only player in franchise history to crack 10k - but the shooting guard is getting closer with every passing game.
He currently stands on 9436 with 2533 of his points coming from the free-throw line, another category where he trails Bosh.
DeRozan will likely crush all of these records in due time and establish himself as the greatest Raptor ever. His legacy to Toronto and the NBA could be that of the final one-franchise player. We'll have to wait and see what the future holds.