Scottie Pippen and Vince Carter pairing would’ve led Toronto Raptors to 1999 Finals Run

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In the 1997 draft, Jerry Krause and the Toronto Raptors were ready to pull a trade for a Scottie Pippen-Tracy McGrady. What would’ve happened if that trade did materialize?

In June 1997, fresh off a second consecutive championship, Jerry Krause, who was all about rebuilding his Chicago Bulls team, had an offer ready for Tracy McGrady and the Toronto Raptors. According to Tracy McGrady on the Jump, Krause was more than interested in a McGrady for Pippen trade to happen. McGrady even said that he flew to Chicago right before the draft to do a physical and had discussions with Jerry Krause about the possibility of the move.

Of course, the deal never materialized and Michael Jordan refused any move that saw Pippen leaving. But let’s say that the deal was agreed upon, and there you have it, Scottie Pippen is a Toronto Raptor. Well, how would have this changed the career trajectory of a young Vince Carter and Toronto Raptors team that was still trying to make a mark on the NBA?

Well, let’s find out.

(This is ALL hypothetical by the way)

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