2. Chris Boucher
Boucher seemed like a potential trade chip after the original flurry of signings. With a logjam at the power forward position and holes to fill elsewhere, sending Boucher away for either a substantial collection of draft picks or a backcourt player seemed like a no-brainer move for Masai Ujiri.
Instead, Toronto chose to hold onto their developmental jewel even though his play has been incredibly volatile. One week, Boucher will look like an All-Star. The next, Nick Nurse threw him on the bench. That inconsistency apparently was not a deal breaker for Toronto.
The Toronto Raptors could move off Chris Boucher.
Boucher is still a high-energy two-way player who has shown he can elevate his game in a postseason setting. With a contract that is not going to eat up a team’s available salary cap, Boucher might be an excellent investment for any contender in need of frontcourt depth.
Getting one player of equal value would make a ton of sense for Toronto, but a desperate team might be willing to give up a protected first-rounder several years down the line. With how inflated the trade market is, such a move might not be unreasonable.