The Raptors remain high on their core of Pascal Siakam, Scottie Barnes, Fred VanVleet, and OG Anunoby and believe that quartet is a strong foundation for an elite team, writes Michael Grange of Sportsnet.ca.
If the front office is sincere in that belief, it would make sense to aggressively seek out an upgrade on the trade market prior to this season’s deadline to complement those core players, perhaps using a future draft pick or two, Grange argues.
Grange points to Spurs center (and former Raptor) Jakob Poeltl as an ideal target for Toronto, based on his ability to protect the rim on defense and finish at the rim on offense. Poeltl is also on an expiring contract and has full Bird rights, making him a logical option for the Raptors, who want to maintain their cap flexibility while having the ability to invest in a player they like. Given Toronto’s shooting woes, the team could also talk to San Antonio about veteran forward Doug McDermott, Grange notes.
Here’s more on the Raptors:
- Within his Sportsnet.ca story linked above, Grange says the Raptors are believed to be making calls with “some more urgency than would otherwise be expected from a management group that tries to keep things low key.”
- The Raptors are one of the NBA’s lowest-ranked teams in terms of both three-pointers per game (25th) and three-point percentage (26th), prompting Eric Koreen of The Athletic to explore what they can do address their shooting woes. While it would help if certain players – like VanVleet, Anunoby, Gary Trent Jr. – bumped their three-point rates to their career averages, acquiring another shooter should also be something the team seriously considers, as Koreen outlines.
- Despite falling below .500 following two ugly losses in Orlando, the Raptors remain optimistic that better days are ahead, writes Josh Lewenberg of TSN.ca. “We can’t hit the panic button. I know that a lot of people do hit that panic button real quick but (we’re) not doing that,” Siakam said. “… There’s no finger pointing. We’re all in this together. No matter what’s happening, those guys in here, I love them and I want everyone to succeed, I want us to succeed as a team. I think we’ve all got to do it together. Everyone’s in this together and we’ve gotta get out of it together.”
- In case you missed it, we passed along a series of injury updates on Raptors frontcourt players on Tuesday.
14 thoughts on “Raptors Notes: Core, Trade Options, Poeltl, Shooting Woes”
Raptors should have given that 1st pick from last year(instead of getting Thad young) & this years 1st rounder & some players during last years deadline for poetl, but there issues aren’t rim protection. It’s shooting. I think they need to add more shooting instead of another big who can’t score outside 5 ft.
the Raptors suck. OG is always injured some of the time, FVV is one of the worst shooters in the league and their coach makes Russell Westbrook look good.
Every player in the NBA is injured at some of the season, as long as they’re healthy when it counts that’s what matters.
Pretty great coach if he can make Westbrook look good…
The problem is that Siakam and Barnes (their two best players) are both poor 3 pt shooters, and neither is a C. They can acquire all the 3 pt shooters they like, and/or the current group can all improve to their career 3 pt shooting averages, and it will only address the issue on the margin. Unless, perhaps, its a C that shoots 3’s reliably; but I doubt the payroll can accommodate that longer term without other adjustments.
The real answer is a trade. But there’s seemingly a taboo in the modern NBA against trading talents like Siakam and Barnes (unless they ask for a trade or are about to become UFAs, or its part of a deal for an even better player). As long as that prevails, it’s going to be difficult to be significantly better than they are.
It seems inevitable that Trent is gone at this point.
Because he can become a UFA-? That would make sense since they traded Powell in that situation. Skill set wise, he looks like a hold.
Scottie is not the Raptors 2nd best player right now
True, but he’s still the first or second most valued player, and, to my point, a guy I think most NBA FO’s would hesitate to trade even if the basketball merits seemed to indicate they should.
Starting wonder if Barnes will ever be healthy. He always seems to limping around the court.
Jeez Barnes is ripped. I need to do some curls now.
TOR: Joe Harris
Nets: Chris Boucher + Otto Porter Jr.
TOR: Luke Kennard + Jason Preston
LAC: Chris Boucher + Malachi Flynn
Terrible idea, Boucher is a beast and Flynn is better than Preston