The Toronto Raptors might not have oodles of cap space to work with this offseason, but they do have enough wiggle room to bring in one or two notable names. The restricted free agency market is a rich vein that is just ripe for plundering this offseason, and Toronto needs to explore it.
Restricted free agency will always be a challenging space to navigate. Just when you think you’ve reeled in a big fish with an offer sheet, the player in question’s original team ends up bringing him back by matching it. That shouldn’t dissuade Masai Ujiri from being active in this area.
With plenty of former first-round picks in need of a change of scenery to really break out, Toronto is in a position to take on one of these studs with the goal of turning them around in Canada. This strategy could help Toronto get their hands on some first-class bench performers.
These three players should all be impact contributors for Toronto if they leave their respective teams. Given the direction all three of their younger squads are heading in, it appears unlikely that a Raptors offer sheet will be matched.
3 restricted free agents the Toronto Raptors could sign.
3. Donte DiVincenzo, Sacramento Kings
DiVincenzo just needs to hit the reset button, as an injury-plagued year in which he was traded from perpetual contenders in the Bucks to the also-ran Kings is not the best exhibition of his talent. Making 35% of his shots from the field was terrible, but he was rarely at 100% health.
In Toronto, DiVincenzo would get the most considerable helping of shots as a bench gunner that he’s seen in his career. After averaging 9.8 points and 5.3 rebounds per game on 44/36/73 shooting splits during the 2019 and 2020 seasons, DiVinzenco could bring his unique style of play to the Raptors.
Donte DiVincenzo could help out the Toronto Raptors on the bench.
DiVincenzo has experience at both guard spots, making him a very sneaky candidate to replace Malachi Flynn as the backup point guard. If the Raptors stick with Flynn and move DiVincenzo to shooting guard full-time, he’s proven that he can be a solid scorer for a playoff team.
The Raptors need to make sure that DiVincenzo is given a clean bill of health. If his ankle is fine and the shot remains, DiVincenzo should be right back to his old self and ready to provide a somewhat sketchy Toronto roster the consistency and bench pop they need to trouble elite teams.