1. Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings
Barnes has long been identified as a potential Raptors target in the past, thanks to the idea of him providing an impressive scoring punch off of the bench. That notion became even more viable after Sacramento used the No. 4 pick in the 2022 NBA Draft on Iowa forward Keegan Murray.
Despite attracting some serious defensive attention post-Tyrese Haliburton trade, Barnes still managed to average 16.4 points per game on 47/39/84 shooting splits. Barnes is one of the few trade targets across the league who could be Toronto’s new Sixth Man without forcing them to give up large chunks of draft capital.
Harrison Barnes makes sense for the Toronto Raptors.
Barnes would see his per-game averages drop, but the fact that he has been a near-elite 3-point shooter with the Kings over the last two years suggests that he should still feature as a double-digit bucket-getter that can move between multiple positions on offense.
Likely parting ways with a future first-round pick to acquire a player who will turn 31 in late May might scare the Raptors, but they should feel comfortable about such a trade-off if it means that Barnes will come to town. The Kings are never one to turn down a deal after the Haliburton swap.