Raptors Notes: Powell, Baynes, Lowry, Cumberland

If the Raptors are buyers at the trade deadline, the contracts of Patrick McCawAron Baynes, Stanley Johnson and Norman Powell are the ones most likely to be included in a deal for an impact player, according to The Athletic’s Eric Koreen. Powell, who holds an $11.6MM option on his contract for next season, and Kyle Lowry ($30.5MM expiring contract) are the players most likely to be traded if Toronto goes into sell mode. However, it’s likely that the team values Powell’s Bird rights to the point where it would take a very strong offer to part with the scoring wing, Koreen speculates.

We have more on the Raptors:

  • The success of smaller lineups could alter the front office’s approach to the trade market, Blake Murphy of The Athletic notes. The team has gotten positive results by using OG Anunoby as the de facto starting center and moving Baynes to the bench. That could result in expanding its options beyond an upgrade at center, rather than overpaying a potential trade partner for a big man.
  • Lowry deserves to finish out the season, if not his career, with the Raptors, Scott Stinson of The National Post opines. He’s been the only constant in the team’s sustained period of success and his days with the franchise shouldn’t end in pursuit of assets.
  • The club’s G League team, Raptors 905, has traded center Dewan Hernandez to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers for guard Jarron Cumberland, JD Shaw of Hoops Rumors tweets. Raptors 905 is also receiving Stockton’s original second-round pick in the 2021/22 G League Draft via Canton. Hernandez, 24, played six games with Toronto last season. The undrafted Cumberland played four college seasons with Cincinnati.
  • In case you missed it, the Raptors have signed big man Donta Hall to a 10-day contract.
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9 thoughts on “Raptors Notes: Powell, Baynes, Lowry, Cumberland

  1. Sillivan

    Lowry and Powell are very available

    Educational guess

    Lowry wants 2 year $60 million
    Norman Powell wants 4 years $85 million

    Powell has leveled up
    3pt 43%
    FT 89%

    available players needs two layers of overpayment
    Collins
    Ball
    Powel

  2. El Don

    Agree with Mr Stinton… K-Low should be the one deciding if he stays or goes & at what price… if he wants to stay TOR just can’t trade him as simple as… if he wants to go let him go for nothin’, no assets just for whatever so he can go wherever he wants!
    Real dreadful optics from The North to try to squish any assets desperately from the most important player in franchise history, with DeRozen’s permission of course!
    K-Low must decide, for sure mustn’t be TOR!

  3. DeathbyDeathwest

    The Heat should target Powell for a trade rather than Lowry, imo. He’d be a better fit and it’d be easier to put a deal together for him.

    The Raptors will be selling this deadline.

  4. Sillivan

    Powell for Lonzo and a First
    Raptors would say no
    Powell for Herro and Achiuwa
    Heat would say no

  5. KnickerbockerAl

    I’ve always liked Lowry right from Villanova days. Thought Rockets made big mistake letting him go. And he proved it. At 35 it would be nice to end it in Philly. And help them get to Finals maybe even win it. But Its tough for Sixers to make that work. I think in 3way deal it might get done. Especially if you bring in Spurs and DeRozan going back to Toronto. DeRozan is 31 yrs old.

    • Northern Expansion 416

      Rockets prefer more popular players. Hence Harden, Russ and now John Wall…

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