How every single deadline trade impacts the Toronto Raptors

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Suns receive: Tyler Johnson, Wayne Ellington

Heat receive: Ryan Anderson

The biggest possible impact of this deal has already turned out to be a molehill rather than a mountain. After the trade, Wayne Ellington was immediately bought out of his current contract. An elite three-point shooter, Ellington was a hot-commodity on the buyout market.

Rather than signing with the Raptors or any other serious contender, Ellington opted to play for the Pistons. In a contract year playing time is extremely important, Detroit offered much more than the Toronto.

Before the deal, Anderson was a possible buyout candidate. That appears dead at this time.

Pelicans receive: Markieff Morris, 2023 2nd rounder

Wizards receive: Wesley Johnson

In an effort to duck the tax, the Washington Wizards sent Markieff Morris along with draft compensation for the minimum contract of Wesley Johnson. According to reports, Morris is now officially a buyout candidate.

Morris is an interesting candidate; the only question is his health. If Morris is able to take the court a couple of weeks prior to the playoffs, expect the Raptors and many other teams to give him a call.

Bulls receive: Otto Porter Jr.

Washington Wizards receive: Jabari Parker, Bobby Portis

Ted Leonsis — Wizards  Owner — on January 18th, stated publicly, “We will never, ever tank.” Well…… you can call it what you want but the Washington Wizards certainly aren’t trying to win games over the next couple of months.

For this season, this deal has no impact on the Raptors. In the long-term, it does increase the probability Bradley Beal becomes available on the market this offseason should Kawhi Leonard return and the Raptors want to make a win-now move.