The Toronto Raptors not only missed out on the chance to make a difference and acquire Damian Lillard from the Portland Trail Blazers, but they have essentially ruled themselves out of the Jrue Holiday sweepstakes despite the fact he is almost assuredly not going to remain with Portland.
Given his All-Star pedigree, impeccable record as an on-ball defender, and history of performing well in the postseason, many of the Raptors’ biggest rivals are tripping over themselves just for the chance of adding Holiday to the roster.
According to Ian Begley of SNY, the New York Knicks are making a run at a Holiday trade. With years of extra first-round picks and a few extra tradeable contracts, a backcourt of Holiday and Jalen Brunson could be exactly what Toronto doesn’t want to see.
The latest from Adam Himmselsbach of the Boston Globe isn’t much more encouraging for Toronto. While there is a significant gap in what the Boston Celtics are willing to give up, the reports claim that the team’s pursuit of Holiday “remains alive” before Media Day.
More Raptors news
- Makur Maker, who saw his rights acquired by Raptors 905, signed a non-guaranteed contract that is likely an Exhibit 10 deal, per Blake Murphy. Maker, cousin of former lottery pick Thon Maker, was a 5-star high school recruit who made history by committing to HBCU school Howard. His college career lasted just two games.
- Bleacher Report correctly identified the biggest question for the Raptors heading into their Media Day festivities, as the writers question exactly what the direction of this team is. By refusing to trade away stars, yet also doing little to cement themselves as a win-now bunch outside of the Jakob Poeltl signing, the team’s process looks confusing.
- The NBA suspended former San Antonio Spurs lottery pick Josh Primo, who was released after exposing himself to several women, signed a two-way contract with the Los Angeles Clippers. Primo was suspended for four games by the NBA as punishment for what happened in San Antonio.,
- The Boston Globe reports that Blake Griffin is considering retirement. After making All-NBA five times and being named an All-Star six times in his prime with the Clippers and (briefly) Detroit Pistons, injuries and age have taken their toll on a player who thrived on athleticism and dunking.
Will Toronto regret not going hard after Holiday?