1. John Collins
Collins is admittedly an extreme long shot when it comes to the idea of acquiring him. With four years left on his contract that will pay him between $23 million and $27 million per season, Toronto would need to part with one of their starters in order to acquire one of the game’s most consistent double-double machines.
Collins, who averaged 18.2 points and 8.3 rebounds per game during the last three seasons with Atlanta, would immediately be a quality big that plays alongside Pascal Siakam. A lineup with Siakam, Collins, and Scottie Barnes all moving around the frontcourt would be hellish from a defensive point of view.
John Collins could be a star with the Toronto Raptors.
Collins’ name had come up in trade rumors before, especially amid some buzz he was getting disillusioned with his role as the Robin to Trae Young’s Batman. Multiple picks will need to be on the table, but Collins is still worth going after at that price.
The Raptors need to make one or two big moves in order to wiggle their way into the top four teams in the Eastern Conference. If Collins can return to his pre-McMillan box score stats, Toronto will have one of the deepest starting fives in the league. Masai Ujiri needs to keep this trade possibility alive.