The Knicks and Suns are among the teams interested in acquiring OG Anunoby, but it may be a few more days before the Raptors decide whether to make him available, writes Shams Charania of The Athletic. Sources tell Charania that Toronto won’t decide whether to be a buyer or seller until close to the February 9 trade deadline. That decision will affect the availability of Anunoby, along with Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet, Gary Trent Jr. and possibly others.
The Raptors were counting on another strong season after finishing fifth in the East last year, but they’re just 23-28 so far and stuck in 12th place. However, Toronto has won two of the first three games on its current road trip and still has a realistic shot to reach the play-in tournament.
President of basketball operations Masai Ujiri and general manager Bobby Webster want to take as much time as they can to evaluate the current roster before deciding whether to keep the core together or try to rebuild around Scottie Barnes. The Raptors are expected to seek a premium price if they do make their top players available, and Charania hears that the Knicks are willing to part with multiple first-round picks to land Anunoby.
The organization will also make a decision this summer on the future of head coach Nick Nurse, Charania adds. Toronto hasn’t released the details of Nurse’s most recent contract extension, but sources tell Charania it will expire after the 2023/24 season. He also hears from sources that Nurse has been the target of some of the frustrations this season, and the front office will consider whether a coaching change is in the team’s best interest.
Charania offers more inside information heading into the trade deadline:
- The Hawks are still listening to offers for John Collins, but new head of basketball operations Landry Fields is telling teams that Collins is considered an important asset rather than a salary to dump. The Jazz remain interested in Collins, sources tell Charania, and when the teams discussed a deal early this season, Atlanta sought Malik Beasley and Jarred Vanderbilt in return. Utah reportedly asked for a first-round pick as well, which caused negotiations to stall.
- Spurs center Jakob Poeltl is getting increased interest on the trade market, and Charania believes he could be headed to an Eastern Conference team such as the Celtics or Raptors.
- The Nuggets are holding active trade conversations regarding Bones Hyland, and sources tell Charania that the Timberwolves are among the interested teams.
- The Hornets are engaged in trade talks regarding Mason Plumlee and Kelly Oubre, according to Charania, and the Suns, Raptors, Jazz, Pacers and Spurs are among the teams monitoring Jalen McDaniels. Charlotte may value McDaniels too highly to consider a trade, but teams with cap space are expected to target him when he becomes a free agent this summer.
- The Jazz are also interested in Mavericks forward Dorian Finney-Smith, and Charania reports that rival teams believe he would be available in a deal involving a star player. Executives tell Charania that Dallas has put a high price on Finney-Smith, who signed a four-year, $55MM extension last year.
- Jaylen Nowell is strongly considering leaving the Timberwolves this summer in free agency if he doesn’t get an extension in Minnesota, according to Charania’s sources.
8 thoughts on “Charania’s Latest: Anunoby, Collins, Poeltl, Hyland, More”
Collins trade proposal
Jazz look for 1 First
Agree, top 10 protected First
Spurs look for 2 Firsts for Poeltl
Poeltl is only worth 2 Seconds because he wants $20MM per year contract
Suns can only offer 1 First for McDanile due to luxury tax next year
4 Other teams can offer more
Suns have a new owner no guarantees but a chance he won’t be as scared of the tax as Robert the Miser Sarver
McDaniel has a decent 1.9 million expiring contract.
He is worth a First and a Second for those 4 teams
McDaniel this summer
True value 4-year $52MM
Market value 4-year $72MM
If Nowell doesn’t get an extension, isn’t that the Wolves saying goodbye to him vs. him choosing his exit?
For matching salaries for the Nets and Hornets on a deal that worked with ESPN’s trade machine, I plugged in Seth Curry and Day’Ron Sharpe for Mason Plumlee and JT Thor. Seth is from Charlotte and might be ok with it outside of leaving a contender. Charlotte may feel they can work with Day’Ron Sharpe.
OG to knicks wonder if that’s for RJ and they trying to bring him home or if it’s for Fouriner and a bunch of picks.
Knicks were reluctant to give up picks for Donovan so Id assume it’s RJ. Especially with GTJ looking likely to leave in FA
TOR, like most sellers, can and will take most of the entire 10 days, but it’s not like the FO’s view of their own players /team will change much. Comes down to what’s offered.
Siakam and Anunoby (the non-rentals) would figure to have most of the value. Siakam is by far the better player, but his position/skill set trade at the league’s deepest discount, while Anunoby’s trades at the league’s highest premium.