Raptors news: Surprising team linked to OG Anunoby, VanVleet shows frustration

TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 16: O.G. Anunoby #3 of the Toronto Raptors (Photo by Cole Burston/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 16: O.G. Anunoby #3 of the Toronto Raptors (Photo by Cole Burston/Getty Images) /

The Toronto Raptors may be closer to making a franchise-altering trade than ever before, as the club is sporting one of the worst offenses in the NBA despite having impact names like Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby sharing the floor for heavy minutes.

The Raptors could reportedly set off “fireworks” if the team keeps losing, meaning that just about everyone on the roster could be on the move. Anunoby is an unlikely target, but that won’t stop teams from all over the league from trying to snatch him away in a hypothetical swap.

According to Bleacher Report’s Eric Pincus, who also linked Fred VanVleet to the Magic, the Sacramento Kings were included as a team that could be in on Anunoby if the Raptors rip everything apart. Considering their inclusion among all the usual teams who are active in the trade market, eyebrows have officially been raised.

To be fair, who wouldn’t want Anunoby? He might be the best non-big defender in the NBA, has the highest points per game average of his career, and has a very affordable contract. Even if the Raptors sell, Anunoby is likely not going to be on the market. Keep dreaming, Kings fans!

More Raptors news

  • Fred VanVleet shouldered a ton of the blame for Toronto’s poor performance in the last few games, saying that the Raptors would have come out with a few wins if he played at the level we’re used to seeing from him. VanVleet has gone a full month without making more than 40% of his shots from the field.
  • Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun penned an explosive column in which he compared this current Raptors team to the Chris Bosh-led years. Wolstat says that Pascal Siakam, like Bosh, is an All-NBA forward not being given proper support during his prime. Considering the individual quality of O.G. Anunoby and Scottie Barnes, this comparison doesn’t hold up, in my opinion.

NBA news

Pistons point guard and 2021 No. 1 overall pick Cade Cunningham has been ruled out for the remainder of the season due to a shin injury. With one of the game’s best young players on the shelf for the next few months, expect the Pistons to have as good a chance as anyone when it comes to landing Victor Wembanyama.

Pincus also reported that Washington Wizards forward Kyle Kuzma, in the middle of the finest year of his career, may want out of DC. Kuzma, a free agent after this year, reportedly wants upwards of $20 million per season and wants to play for either a contender or in a big market. Should the Raptors make a run at him?

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