The trade rumors swirling around the Toronto Raptors in the last few weeks kicked up an exciting, previously unforeseen trade target. According to Mike Scotto of HoopsHype, the Raptors could be interested in becoming the third team in a Trail Blazers-Heat Damian Lillard deal in order to acquire Tyler Herro.
While Herro is the most tradeable asset Miami has to offer, reports claim that the Trail Blazers aren’t overly thrilled with any trade packages that feature Herro as the main piece coming back to Portland. That could get a shooting-needy Raptors team interested in a player that could instantly solve their issues.
Unfortunately, Herro is not going to come to Toronto for free. The Raptors likely need to swap one of their previously immovable pieces to make the trade happen, all while making sure to compensate either Portland or Miami well. Masai Ujiri will need to put his negotiating shoes on.
While the Herro trade is a bit of a risk due to all of the obvious problems that can come with adding a player like him, it’s very easy to see why the Raptors would entertain such an unusual trade proposition if it meant that Herro would be suiting up in Raptors red.
Pros and Cons of Toronto Raptors trading for Tyler Herro.
Herro has averaged over 20 points per game in each of the last two seasons while making just under 40% of his 3-point attempts. Few players his age in this league are even close to him when it comes to providing instant offense, and the Raptors have no one close to his skill level in the backcourt right now.
Herro should slot right in as a starting guard, as his 5.2 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game averages in the last two seasons should be taken as further proof that he can contribute to the Raptors in more ways than just chucking up 3-pointers. He’s a difference-maker, and those are few and far between.
Tyler Herro could improve the Toronto Raptors.
Paying Herro an average of $30 million per season in the next four years might seem like an exorbitant price, but his performance over the last few years could make that deal a bargain. In the modern NBA, young guards who can score and make plays are worth their weight in gold.
Herro on the Raptors would give them a long-term starter that is actually retained long-term, a player with multiple years of postseason experience, and a young name that can be one of the critical cogs as Masai Ujiri tries to build a somewhat sustainable winner.