With Kyle Lowry rumored to be off the trading block, I have two trades to offer. The suggested trades have been approved by the NBA Trade Machine, and are both independent thoughts on the Toronto Raptors options.
The first trade involves the Raptors and Denver Nuggets. The Nuggets seem willing to take offers for Kenneth Faried, according to David Aldridge who was interviewed here prior to the All-Star game. The Raptors would send Denver Terrence Ross, Greivis Vasquez and Steve Novak for Kenneth Faried, Andre Miller and Jordan Hamilton. This gives Toronto more strength and physicality from the starting Power Forward spot, and an experienced leader as a backup point guard to Kyle Lowry. The Nuggets get a young Ross, full of potential to start at the Small Forward, moving Wilson Chandler to the Power Forward spot, a backup point guard they sorely need in Greivis Vasquez, and some outside shooting in Steve Novak.
The second trade that would need to be made to replace the loss of Terrence Ross is with the Atlanta Hawks. This trade sends Amir Johnson to Atlanta for Kyle Korver. This gives the Raptors one of the best outside shooting threats in the NBA, gives Atlanta more size, and someone who can start at the Centre position during Al Horford’s recovery. To replace Korver, Atlanta have Demarre Carroll who has been playing well enough to earn a starting position. The loss of Korver can be mitigated for more size. The Raptors will then have a starting lineup of Jonas Valanciunas, DeMar DeRozan, Faried, Korver and Lowry. The bench rotation would likely be Chuck Hayes or Tyler Hansbrough, Patrick Patterson, John Salmons, and Miller. This would build the Raptors for a playoff push, but could all quickly crumble in the off-season if Lowry is unwilling to resign (or the Raptors are unable to resign him at an amount that is reasonable). The move is also risky due to Korver’s age (32) with 4 years on his contract.
Verdict: I believe that all teams win with these trades, in fact Denver might be getting too much in this deal. The Hawks improve up front, while the Raptors round out their squad, filling in the holes lost from the Nuggets trade.
Likelihood: 25%. We are talking some pretty big if’s here, getting both teams involved to agree to these trades. I think Denver is more likely to agree than the Hawks, but stranger things have happened during the NBA Trade Deadline.
WWMD [What Would Masai Ujiri Do?]: I think if these trades are both available Masai Ujiri will pull the trigger on them, however he might try to insist on a first round draft pick instead of Jordan Hamilton.
What do you think Raptors Rapture, have I lost my mind? Do you think I’m making sense? I’d like to hear your thoughts.
Greg Hall is a Staff Writer for Raptors Rapture.