The topic of whether or not the Raptors should trade for the Hawks’ Paul Millsap is currently a hot one because Millsap would help fill Toronto’s biggest weakness at power forward and rebounding. It is unclear whether the Raptors are willing to take on the gamble of acquiring Millsap, Ryan Wolstat of The Toronto Sun writes. While the move makes sense on paper, there is no guarantee that Millsap would put the Raptors over the top or that he would re-sign with Toronto next summer, Wolstat adds. What’s more, other teams may have more enticing offers for Atlanta, Wolstat points out. Rachel Nichols of ESPN.com (video link) argues that Millsap would fill a hole for the Raptors, flourish in the pick-and-roll and bolster the Raptors’ defense. On the other side, however, Nichols cautions that the Hawks would likely want a significant return for Millsap, who as Nichols adds, has indicated he will likely opt out of his contract. Still, the Raptors have too good of a team not to add its one missing link in the hopes of a finals appearance, Nichols surmises.
Here is more out of Toronto:
- With Patrick Patterson out with a knee strain injury, the unlikely duo of Jakob Poeltl and Lucas Nogueira stepped up Sunday night, Mike Ganter of The National Post relays. It is unclear when Patterson will return, but he has been ruled day-to-day, signaling that the injury does not appear to be serious.
- The Raptors have been “sniffing” around, specifically at big men, but are reluctant to part with their nucleus unless the player they are acquiring is a game-changer, Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders tweets.