2. Gary Trent Jr. ($18.5 million)
The Raptors were given a surprise from the heavens when Trent decided to opt into the final year of his contract. With how much of a premium the league has put on guards who can shoot, the fact that Trent chose to eschew the open market shows that he is committed to winning in Toronto.
Trent has averaged 17.9 points per game while making just under 38% of his 3-pointers in the last two seasons despite the fact he has been shuffled in and out of the starting lineup. With that bit of Nick Nurse craziness gone, Trent could improve even more under Darko Rajakovic.
The Toronto Raptors got a bargain with Gary Trent Jr.
Trent has taken himself from one of the worst defensive players in the league to a weapon that can generate steals and play some worthwhile on-ball minutes. With the defensive questions answered Trent could be a player who commands $20 million per season.
The Raptors need more players like Trent on their team, as he can shoot, create, and provide boundless energy when he’s on the floor. Getting all of that in a player that hasn’t hit his prime and is still on the younger side was a terrific job of trading by Ujiri and Webster.