The Toronto Raptors appear to be all done making additions this summer, as Masai Ujiri has populated this roster with a handful of players that will be rotation mainstays and players like Isaac Bonga and Freddie Gillespie that are hoping to use their non-guaranteed contracts to make the final roster.
However, Ujiri and this front office have shown that if an appropriate deal approaches, they are willing to move some money, players, and picks around in order to bring in someone that can help the Raptors win some extra games every now and again.
Be it via the free agency and trade market, Toronto shouldn’t just close the book on the offseason just yet, as there is still plenty of time to either add players to either the back end of the roster or beef up G League talent pool. A surprise trade shouldn’t be ruled out at this stage.
The Toronto Raptors should look at these three players around the league, as they are either in need of employment or on a team that could decide to ditch them as a part of either a youth movement or a quest to get some veteran help off of the bench in case of a playoff push.
3 long-shot additions the Toronto Raptors must monitor
3. Isaïa Cordinier
Nets fans were watching Cordinier’s career with great interest. After the 2016 second-rounder spent the last few years with Nanterre 92 in France, Brooklyn wondered if he could come to the states and show off his blend of scoring and defense. Cordinier averaged 12.0 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 1.5 steals per game in French domestic play.
Unfortunately, with the Nets beefing up their roster with veterans, Cordinier was released, leaving him free to pursue other options if he wants to make it in North America. Perhaps the Raptors might be willing to add him to the G League squad on an Exhibit 10 type of deal?
Could the Raptors take a chance on Isaïa Cordinier?
Ujiri clearly values length and defensive effort when building a team, and Cordinier has that at 6-5. An improving shooter who shot 45% from behind the 3-point line in EuroLeague play, Cordinier seems like the type of guard Ujiri and the Raptors want to roll with during the next few years.
Cordinier likely won’t cost a ton of money to bring in, and the addition of Ishmail Wainright clearly shows that the Raptors believe that production in France can translate to the NBA. With nothing to lose by bringing Cordinier in, 905 could add their next solid developmental prospect.