The biggest issue on this team right now is the pitiful lack of shooting, as proven in the Kings loss. Poeltl is not going to help them fix that issue. Toronto only has a handful of players and assets that can be moved in a trade, and moving them for Poeltl could limit their ability to make more trades in the future.
Poeltl’s free agency at the end of the season may help the Raptors acquire him for less than what the market says he’s worth, but that also could lead to Toronto giving away tons of premium capital for a player that could potentially bolt the team in free agency shortly after acquiring him.
Toronto Raptors rumors: Jakob Poeltl may not be the best fit.
Even if Poeltl is retained by Ujiri, that will only take up more cap space as the Raptors try to figure out which players are going to be here for the long haul. Can the Raptors really afford to pay Poeltl what the market says he’s worth and build competitive teams once all the young guys are reinstated?
When paired with the fact that Poeltl’s asking price for a player that likely won’t be a complete game-changer offensively is a bit rich. Unless he starts shooting 3-pointers, the Raptors’ struggling offense may not get the shot in the arm they need.