Raptors: 3 point guards Toronto could trade for to provide depth
The Toronto Raptors have been rumored to be poking around the rumor mill as the trade deadline draws near. While they have barely slipped over the .500 mark, they could look to make one or two acquisitions here and there in order to plug up some holes on Masai Ujiri’s shallow roster.
Center has been frequently mentioned as a potential area in which the Raptors can upgrade. Given how poor Aron Baynes has played, it’s not unreasonable to think Toronto could trade for a player like Cleveland Cavaliers center Andre Drummond in order to give Nick Nurse a reliable inside scorer.
However, point guard remains an equally big hole. The Raptors force Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet to share the floor for heavy minutes together, and the slow development of Malachi Flynn has Toronto looking for a veteran guard that can be trusted to eat up valuable minutes as a reserve.
Adding one of these three veterans could give Toronto a quality option at point guard when both Lowry and VanVleet are sitting, get the Raptors some extra shooting on the perimeter, and add another veteran into the mix.
Adding these 3 vets could end the Raptors rumors and give Toronto some depth
No. 3: Delon Wright, Detroit Pistons
Masai Ujiri picked Wright 20th overall in the 2015 draft, as he was intrigued by the Utah product’s versatility in the backcourt. Wright never came on as the scorer Toronto expected, and the presence of Kyle Lowry often left him relegated to the bench. After being traded to the Memphis Grizzlies in the Marc Gasol deal, Wright has since moved on to a poor Pistons team.
Wright is having his best offensive season in Detroit, as he is averaging 10.7 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 4.9 assists per game while shooting 47 percent from the floor and 38 percent from deep. However, given the presence of Top 10 pick Killian Hayes, Wright could be traded to get Troy Weaver more draft capital to rebuild the Pistons.
Wright could return to the Raptors
Wright is starting to become a much better shooter than he was in Toronto, and his long-limbed frame can help him on the defensive end. Wright is still able to put the ball on the ground and finish near the rum, meaning he could help the Raptors maintain their aggressive style of play on offense when he checks in.
While he will need to wait a few weeks to make his hypothetical Raptors return due to a groin strain, Wright is a much more complete player than he was as a rookie, and he could be acquired without giving out substantial draft compensation. If Toronto wants a big backup that won’t demand touched, Wright is their guy.