The Toronto Raptors may have replaced Fred VanVleet with Dennis Schroder on the free agent market, but they largely decided to take a back seat in the annual trade frenzy. Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby have been mentioned as trade candidates, but both of them remain on the Raptors right now.
The Raptors will likely go into the season intending to compete for a postseason spit, but they likely won’t continue to bang their head against a wall if they start to fall off. Darko Rajakovic might end up overseeing a Raptors rebuild instead of a postseason push.
The Raptors have several proven players on expiring contracts who would be very enticing additions to contenders. With a first-round pick that could end up in the lottery already sent away to acquire Jakob Poeltl, Toronto might need to restock the cupboards.
Toronto has assets to move if they want to start tearing everything down and looking toward the future, and a poor start might be all the spark Ujiri needs to light this tinder box of a roster on fire. These three players will start the season on the Raptors, but finishing it could be something else.
3 Toronto Raptors players who could be traded in-season
3. Otto Porter Jr.
The fact Porter is still on the roster at this point in the season is somewhat confusing, as he is fresh off playing just a handful of games in 2022-23 and the Raptors appeared to sign a replacement in Jalen McDaniels. Will Porter even be in the rotation when the season starts?
Porter has been described as a negative asset in the past, and it is quite easy to see why. Not only did he play eight games last season due to injury, but the recent knock he picked up is just one in a long one of many health issues he has suffered through in the last few seasons. Who wants damaged goods?
Otto Porter Jr. might get traded by the Toronto Raptors.
Toronto will need to sell teams on the idea that he can be a role player on a championship team when healthy. After all, he did play a very important role on a Warriors team that managed to pick up their fourth championship of the Steph Curry era. His versatility and shooting were indispensable.
If the Raptors can find a taker for Porter, they could get back a late-round pick for their troubles. The nightmare scenario, which could still end up coming to fruition, involves potentially attaching a second-round pick to Porter in exchange for someone taking his contract off their hands.