The Toronto Raptors are currently in a rather precarious position in the Eastern Conference. The team has some intriguing talent across the board. However, compared to some of their peers in the East, they don’t stand a chance. The Philadelphia 76ers’ near victory in the first round solidified the idea.
Now the most burning question is: how are you going to improve the team in the offseason? They can improve the team by signing contracts with free agents and exchanging them. If the Raptors don’t want to overpay for acquiring top-tier talent, they’ll likely do a couple of deals to do so.
The question is, which players should the Raptors let go if they make the trade? A lot of trading rumors surrounded this team at the start of the off-season. Are they the right options to trade? Let’s see which players the Raptors should trade in the 2022 NBA offseason.
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Two Raptors players to be traded during 2022 NBA offseason
The Raptors have created one of the most interesting rosters in the NBA to date. Masai Ujiri basically took the idea of a fully switchable protective compound and ran a mile with it. There were times when Nick Nurse fielded lineups that had four 6-foot-9 forwards and a big defender. To be fair, it should be said that this team’s experiment with “long fights” was a success.
However, some of the elements they added to this experiment did not suit the team at all. Ahem Birch was brought in from Orlando as a switchable undersized center who could complement the rest of the Raptors’ roster. However, as the season progressed, he was slowly but surely overshadowed by Precious Achiuva.
It was hoped that Birch would help deal with their problems against the dominant big men. However, the Sixers’ streak all but proved that Achiuva could handle his forces against the bigger, more impressive centers in the league. Expect any major improvement for the Raptors to include the Canadian as a trade filler.
Okay, before the Raptors fans come after my head, hear me out. OG Anunoby has been incredible for the team in the last few seasons. His development from a strictly defensive player to a second offensive player is insane. Losing OG in any deal would be painful for every Toronto fan in the world.
However, let’s face the facts: out of the current Raptors core, OG Anunoby has the most trade value. Pascal Siakam and Scotty Barnes are solid core locks, as is Fred VanVleet. The other parts of the team don’t have much of an advantage for them. Anunobi, on the other hand, has long been teased by Toronto fans as “kawilight”. Given that he is still in his prime, it’s fair to assume that Anunobi could make a big leap forward in offense and become an elite two-way player.
If the Raptors want to make drastic changes to their roster, they will inevitably have to forego OG Anunoby in a trade (perhaps with the Phoenix Suns as part of DeAndre Ayton’s signing and trade?). His defensive presence would be a boon to any championship contender looking to boost their wing rotation. In addition, his offensive upgrades make him invincible on this side of the floor.