Raptors: 3 two-way free agents who could replace Gary Trent Jr

PORTLAND, OREGON - JANUARY 28: Gary Trent Jr. #33 of the Toronto Raptors (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images)
PORTLAND, OREGON - JANUARY 28: Gary Trent Jr. #33 of the Toronto Raptors (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images) /
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Lonnie Walker IV, Toronto Raptors
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MAY 08: Lonnie Walker IV #4 of the Los Angeles Lakers (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images) /

2. Lonnie Walker IV

Coming off a one-year deal with the Lakers, Walker has continued to build his reputation as a two-way wing. Last season, Walker played 56 games for LA, averaging 11.7 points per game, shooting 37% on 4.4 3-point attempts per game. A former starter in San Antonio, I believe that Walker’s talent could translate nicely into the Raptors’ starting lineup.

On the offensive end of the floor, Walker has the ability to shoot from outside and attack the rim. A known slasher with more than a few highlight plays, Walker could be a productive off-ball threat for the Raptors and expose any defense that helps off Pascal Siakam and Scottie Barnes. If his percentage stays at Trent’s volume, it could be a seamless replacement.

Lonnie Walker could appeal to the Toronto Raptors.

Defensively, Trent is superior. However, Walker can stand his own in the half-court. He has quick feet and length, but at 6-4, he is smaller than Trent and can not guard multiple positions with the same effect. However, in a Raptors system surrounded by excellent defenders who frequently help, Walker will be able to remain effective.

Walker is vocal about his interest to remain in Los Angeles, but as an unrestricted free agent, the whole NBA will be looking at his name. His last one-year deal was just $6 million, and after contributing to a championship contender, his price will likely go up. The Lakers have a lot of players looking to get paid.

If they fail to match his interest and go in another direction, the Raptors could look to pick up the phone and try to land this young talented wing long-term.