Toronto Raptors Trade for one of Sacramento’s bigs to solve team’s biggest hole
Very quietly, Sacramento has developed a couple of bigs that could do wonders for the Raptors.
From a Raptors perspective, both Marvin Bagley III and Richaun Holmes fill a need. Standing at 6’11, Bagley III usually plays as an oversized four. After finally cracking the Kings’ starting lineup this season, the Duke product is taking one more three per game than he did last year, and is knocking them down at a career-high rate.
A player of his size who can shoot from deep should not be ignored when he comes available, and by all accounts, he is. Bagley III’s dad has vocally voiced his displeasure with the Kings on social media, tweeting and then deleting a demand for the team to trade his son this January.
A little less available, but possibly a little more productive, is Richaun Holmes. A veteran of six seasons spent between Philadelphia, Phoenix and Sacramento, Holmes is enjoying a breakout campaign. A 6’10 centre, he currently leads the league in two-point percentage (a facet that the Raptors markedly need to improve in). He’s also become a force on the glass, grabbing over eight boards a game. Unlike Bagley III’s family, Holmes has stated that he wants to retire a King.
It wouldn’t be wise to put it past the Kings moving on from a player who actually wants to stay in Sacramento, but it would likely take a large package to obtain Holmes’ services. If they can get the former Bowling Green Falcon for the cheap somehow, go for it, but Bagley III is the play here. Having just turned 22 and with a career year currently unfolding, it’s time to honour his father’s wish.