I have been practically begging for more interior toughness for this Toronto Raptors squad. One guy who could provide that at a bargain is Glen “Big Baby” Davis, who was bought out of his contract by the Orlando Magic. However he appears headed to the Los Angeles Clippers. Davis, although no superstar, has playoff experience and is a big body who cannot be easily pushed around in the low post (although he can be shot over, being a bit undersized). I do not think that his size would detract from his usefulness as most of the Raptors front court are undersized, with the exception of Jonas Valanciunas. It will be interesting to see if any other big men will be bought out. If so, will we hear the Toronto Raptors named as a possible destination for those players.
Danny Granger is also weighing his options, as the Philadelphia 76ers are publicly talking buyout. Here at the Rapture we discussed bringing him to the Raptors before the trade deadline, and this recent game against the Washington Wizards is evidence to why the Raptors could also use a reliable swingman off the bench. After Terrence Ross injured his ankle, the Raptors looked confused on offence as John Salmons is not the offensive talent he was in his prime. Most teams in the playoffs run a short 8-9 man rotation, usually featuring 1-2 guards, 1-2 swingman, and 1 big. The Raptors 8-9 man rotation, however includes 1 guard, 1 swingman, and 2-3 bigs. I am disappointed, however, to hear that the Granger rumors report him going to a plethora of teams which include: Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Clippers, San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat, Charlotte Bobcats, Atlanta Hawks, Dallas Mavericks and the Golden State Warriors. That is one large bunch of playoffs bound teams not named the Toronto Raptors.
I have to wonder why the Raptors are not included in this list. Has Masai Ujiri not reached out to Granger? Are these just rumors from ESPN and United States media who underestimate the Raptors or is this lack of interest genuine? I am holding my breath as the waiver wire starts to build, hopeful that the Raptors will not have to rely on Landry Fields if an injury to DeMar DeRozan or Terrence Ross requires someone on the bench to step up their game.