2. PG Cory Joseph
Raptors fans should remember Joseph, as the Canadian native served as Kyle Lowry’s deputy for two seasons before moving on to Indiana. After bouncing around the league, Joseph ended up in Detroit to serve as a veteran mentor for guards like Cunningham and Hayes.
Joseph is averaging 7.1 points and 3.6 assists per game this season, which is right on par with his career averages. If the Raptors are willing to kick a player at the end of the bench and a future second-round pick to Detroit, Joseph might be on his way back to Canada for a second go-around.
Cory Joseph would be an experienced backup PG for the Toronto Raptors.
If Detroit is confident enough in Hayes and Cunningham to part ways with one of the more experienced members of this team, Toronto could try to bring Joseph back home. Both Dalano Banton and Malachi Flynn have been below-average players on the offensive end.
Joseph is not going to fix all of Toronto’s bench issues, but if the Raptors want to avoid grinding Fred VanVleet into dust by giving him tons of minutes early in the season, they need someone with a higher ceiling on offense to spell him. Joseph may not be an elite shooter, but he can get the job done.