When the rumours started swirling about DeRozan being shopped last offseason it raised the question on which teams would have been approached. Let’s start with the one team that many people believe is a logical destination for the Raptors’ All-Star.
Maybe before Jimmy Butler was traded to the Timberwolves they explored the possibility of acquiring DeRozan. Again that’s speculation but it makes you wonder whether either team discussed a deal.
If there is a possibility for DeRozan to be moved, many wonder if a deal could be made to have Andrew Wiggins come back the other way.
ESPN wrote about the possibility saying that with Wiggins not fulfilling his potential in Minnesota, the team could look at DeRozan as the player to get them into a more competitive position in a tough Western Conference.
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On the flip side, Wiggins has not performed at the level many expected and is also making a max contract so Minnesota might have to take another contract off the Raptors books. Could the move to Canada be the jolt that Wiggins needs or would the pressure of replacing DeRozan be too much to handle?
Our friends over at Dunking the Wolves also brought up the idea of sending draft picks or young assets that the Raptors could potentially flip in order to get rid of Ibaka’s contract. An interesting idea but one that the Raptors would be able to get done in a three-team deal most likely.
Thia would be an intriguing option to consider but Ujiri would have to be convinced that this is the best option out there and worth moving a player who filled a big void when Chris Bosh left.