1. Goran Dragic
Dragic was a player acquired by the Raptors in the Lowry deal made in August. Initially, he was seen as nothing more than a throw-in to match salary and was likely going to be either flipped in a trade or bought out. We’re now two months out since the trade happened, yet he still remains on the roster.
Since Dragic’s controversial comments about Toronto put him on the hot seat, he’s seemed to open up about playing for the Raptors. Any internal issues, if any, appear to have been solved between Dragic and the team.
While he may end up getting heavy minutes this year, a trade could still happen.
Goran Dragic will be a valuable asset to the Toronto Raptors.
Say what you want, but the Raptors were smart to keep Dragic. He’s coming off a season where he averaged 13.4 points and 4.3 assists per game on 43% from the field, making him a valuable asset.
With the departure of Lowry, the team lost not only a great player, but a tremendous leader. Not that Dragic can/will replace the leadership of Kyle Lowry, but with the team getting significantly younger, Dragic is someone that players can lean on.
The Raptors will certainly look for trades for the Slovenian vet throughout the season, but until a team offers up a trade that Toronto likes, it looks like they’re very comfortable with starting the season with Dragic on the roster.
When a contender gets desperate, that’s when they could use his half-season stint in Toronto to get a haul of assets in return.