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Raptors guide to scoreboard watching over final week of the season. Years later, shortly into his first season with the Raps, he sent Rudy Gay to Sacramento. Like the Melo trade before it, the deal worked out a whole lot better than anybody could have imagined, but it was also one he felt compelled to pull the trigger on at the time.
For the purpose of this discussion, we can probably go ahead and pretend like the Austin Daye for Nando de Colo deadline day anti-blockbuster of never happened. That leads us to the extenuating circumstances of last February. The Raptors appeared to be in the midst of a major mid-season collapse, having lost 11 of 15 games. They had a glaring hole at the power forward position, their defence was a mess and they were starting to lose the locker room.
Besides, they had a point. So, they made a couple of moves — both no-brainers, given their needs, expendable assets and the cost. First, they nabbed Serge Ibaka from Orlando for Terrence Ross and a first-round pick, and then they beat the buzzer in acquiring P. Tucker from Phoenix for Jared Sullinger and a pair of second-rounders. ET on Thursday, Feb. Sitting just a game and a half behind first-place Boston — as of Thursday morning — and with Cleveland looking more vulnerable than ever having just lost Kevin Love for up to two months, there is a window of opportunity in the East.
If there was ever a time to take a big swing and go for it, this might be it. At the top of their wish list: However, the most notable difference from last year and the greatest obstacle standing in the way of them making a big splash next week — even if they wanted to — is what they have to work with.
The Raptors had all their picks at their disposal, plus the Clippers first-rounder, which helped make the Ibaka deal possible. Most conversations will begin and end with their lack of available draft picks.
In other words, the earliest first-rounder the Raptors can offer right now is their pick. As long as someone is willing to pay it — and someone should be — they will beat anything the Raptors could, or would, offer.
Of all the calls they receive, their most asked about players are rookie OG Anunoby, sophomore Jakob Poeltl and third-year point guard Delon Wright, according to team sources, but — barring an overwhelming offer — they have no intention of moving those guys. The emergence of Norman Powell made him expendable and his salary made the Ibaka deal work, money-wise.
With a top-heavy payroll structure and so many rookie scale contracts, it would be very tough for Toronto to match the salary of an impact player they can only take back per cent of the outgoing salary in a deal.
However, after signing his extension in October, the Raptors are unable to trade him until the off-season. If anything, his recent strong play makes it less likely he is traded next week. They could look to package him with a second-round pick in the hopes of adding a shooter at the end of the bench. Whether that would interest anyone enough to part with a player that Raptors could actually use remains to be seen.
The expectation is that this will be a quiet trade deadline in Toronto. News Video Masters Leaderboard. Josh Lewenberg Raptors guide to scoreboard watching over final week of the season.