1. SG Buddy Hield
This is one is a major longshot, as acquiring him would likely force Toronto to surrender years of draft capital while potentially getting a third team involved to move Goran Dragic and make the money match up. However, if the planets aligned and this deal became finalized, Hield would be ideal for this Toronto bench.
The Bahamian guard, who just turned 29, is one of the game’s premier 3-point marksmen, shooting 40% on 7.6 attempts per game in his career. Already used to coming off the bench, Hield could bring his 15.8 points per game average to the Raptors bench, where he would get the greenest light ever.
Toronto Raptors: Buddy Hield could change Toronto’s bench.
The Raptors have the worst bench in the league and a general lack of amazing shooting outside of one or two standouts. Hield would be good for an automatic 15 points a night, which is more than the entire bench combines for on occasion. He’s also locked up beyond this season.
Toronto is likely not in a position to part with the draft picks needed to acquire Hield. Still, if he is on the move given Sacramento’s direction and the fact that the offseason’s failed Lakers trade signifies a willingness to include him in trade talks, he could singlehandedly take that bench from unwatchable to respectable.