With the NBA trade deadline fast approaching, we look at three attractive but challenging targets the Toronto Raptors should consider making an offer for.
The Feb. 10 NBA trade deadline is fast approaching, with rumours heating up by the day. The Toronto Raptors seem all but certain to be actively involved, due to Goran Dragic.
The Toronto Star‘s Doug Smith reports there is significant interest in Dragic, coming in a variety of differently structured deals. The point guard is a useful player, who also has an expiring contract.
As such, it is up to the Raptors to use this situation to their advantage. Certainly, they could use a player who will actually take the court and help ease the workload of the starters.
Toronto would ideally like to bolster their frontcourt, with speculation linking them to the likes of Daniel Theis and Robert Williams III. However, they are in a position where they can theoretically aim higher.
As well as Dragic, the Raptors can offer a first round draft pick, or two if they believe it is worth it. They could even include other players, such as Precious Achiuwa or Malachi Flynn.
We’ve already written about the possibility of reacquiring former Raptor Jakob Poeltl. Toronto has also apparently spoken to the Indiana Pacers about Myles Turner, but that was before an injury which will sideline him past the trade deadline.
Regardless, there are still other enticing players who, while they present challenges, are still worth pursuing. Here are three frontcourt options the Raptors should target ahead of the trade deadline:
1) Domantas Sabonis
Domantas Sabonis is a developing talent, who has now established himself as a regular starter. He is a double-double threat in points and rebounds, who can throw in five dimes per contest.
This all alludes to Sabonis’ high basketball IQ. His instincts are off the charts and he continues to grow, leading to All-Star selections in each of the past two seasons.
Sometimes you have to do a double-take when watching the 25-year-old in action. He is an extremely skilled and smooth player for someone so big.
Perhaps the only thing which might deter the Raptors from pursuing Sabonis, is his defence. The reality is he is underwhelming in this area of his game, leading to him repeatedly getting into foul trouble.
However, the Toronto Raptors should still at least inquire about a player who is under contract through the 2023-24 season. Certainly he would strengthen the frontcourt, albeit at what cost?