The Toronto Raptors have a team that has been pleasantly surprising this season. After an early season trade of Rudy Gay, the team hasn’t looked back.
With the success of the team thus far, the questions and concerns regarding the roster were largely pushed to the background. However, as any one will attest, the Raptors are still a ways away from East leading Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat.
Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your outlook of this current team) the trade deadline came and went without any big changes.
The lone transaction on the day saw a trade for end-of-the-bench players. The Toronto Raptors sent Austin Daye, a seldom used power forward, to the San Antonio Spurs for the just as seldom used Nando De Colo.
While this move doesn’t make the team better in any significant way, it does remove a player who would most likely not have been offered a new contract in Daye.
Daye was signed this off season after being non-tendered by the Memphis Grizzlies, who acquired him in the three team deal that saw Toronto Raptors fan favourite Jose Calderon and promising big man Ed Davis traded for the aforementioned Gay.
De Colo, who is coming from one of the most successful franchises in recent memory, will have a tough time earning minutes, as his direct competition will be Greivis Vasquez as the back up point guard.
Some may have hoped for a bigger deal, in which a player like Luol Deng would have been acquired, but it is clear that GM Masai Ujiri was A: hesitant about disrupting the chemistry of an up-and-coming team, and B: didn’t want to give up any future assets in a win-now move.
As it is, the Toronto Raptors are neither better nor worse off, which given the hopes for the playoffs is just fine by me. Ultimately though, the team’s success will not be measured by how this season ends, but by how well the team plays for years to come.
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