3 Under the Radar Trades the Toronto Raptors could make

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Trade #1: Spark off the Bench

This first trade involves the Raptors acquiring some much-needed bench scoring while also not giving up a lot of valuable assets. The Raptors would be receiving Derrick Rose from the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Terence Davis, Patrick McCaw, and two future second-round picks.

For the Raptors, Rose would immediately be an impact player off the bench being a threat to not only score but attack the rim, and even create opportunities for other bench players like Norman Powell and Chris Boucher. Rose is currently averaging 15 points and 5 assists per game coming off the bench for Detroit, which means if he can bring that offence to the Raptors it could be the spark the bench desperately needs. Not to mention Rose is currently on an expiring deal so the risk is very minimal for the Raptors to acquire him if things do not work out.

This would also be a great opportunity for Derrick Rose to return to a winning culture and potentially help a team like Toronto get to the playoffs. Derrick would also be an instant fan favourite in Toronto with him already being such a popular player in the NBA.

For the Pistons this trade allows them to get rid of Derrick Rose’s contract and receive some quality young assets for a rebuilding team. The first piece is Terence Davis who has shown flashes of being a quality scorer and creator, although his decision making needs improvement the Pistons can give him more minutes and potentially develop him for the future.

The second piece of the trade is Patrick McCaw who may not be the best player on the court; however, he does bring good size on defence and makes smart decisions on offence. Not to mention he is a three-time NBA champion, which means he could be a veteran mentor for a young Pistons team. Finally, the Pistons would receive two second-round picks to continue their rebuild with young talent.

Overall this trade benefits both parties involved and could very well be the spark the Toronto Raptors desperately need right now.