Toronto Raptors: Potential trades that make the Raptors Eastern Conference elites

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The Toronto Raptors should attempt to acquire Mitchell Robinson.

Division Rivals the New York Knicks have a player the Toronto Raptors’ management should covet. At age 22, Mitchell Robinson, a center, has a lot of basketball ahead of him.  Originally drafted in the second round in 2018, Robinson would address various needs for the Toronto Raptors.

He is athletic, a great shot blocker (averaging 2.2 per game in his career), and while not an accomplished long-range shooter or floor spacer, he is best employed around the basket, where his field goal percentage was 74 percent in 2020.

Considering the Toronto Raptors were 16th in points scored in the halfcourt per 100 possessions in 2020, Mitchell Robinson’s size and athleticism make his ability to secure high-efficiency baskets a bonus the Toronto Raptors could use in their offensive halfcourt sets.

The New York Knicks would be wise to hang onto this young diamond in the rough, but the Toronto Raptors should probe the possibility. An offer of Terence Davis and a first-round draft pick for Mitchell Robinson could form the basis of a deal.

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The Raptors would be removing a guard and free up minutes for other players at the position and a potential problem as Davis has an impending legal matter looming stemming from a domestic violence complaint against him that occurred in New York.