3 ill-fated trades Raptors were wise to pass on before deadline

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Daniel Theis, Toronto Raptors
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2. Daniel Theis

Theis was linked to the Raptors before the deadline after quickly falling out of favor in Houston despite a four-year contract. Ultimately, he ended up back in Boston just one year after he was traded while Houston accepted a care package of mostly spare parts in return.

Theis is averaging just 4.3 points per game and is not getting more than 14 minutes per contest. If the Raptors acquired him instead of the more versatile and athletic Young, they would have to figure out how to give him and Khem Birch minutes. Those two redundant players would not help improve the bench.

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Even the Rockets haven’t made out like bandits in this deal. Dennis Schroder is struggling from the field, Enes Kanter Freedom was already let go, and Bruno Fernando is barely getting to play. Sure, they ditched Theis’ big contract, but this trade isn’t looking that wise for either of these parties.

Theis would be a nice addition for the Raptors if they didn’t have Birch and he had a cheaper contract. As it stands, the Raptors were better off keeping what they have instead of going in on a player of his caliber.