1. Make a trade
The player everyone hated in Fred VanVleet is out of town, and Nurse is gone. They brought in a new coach to fix the offense. If all of that happened, yet the offense is either stagnating or regressing in most areas, couldn’t that be a sign this roster simply can’t work?
Not only do the Raptors have to start one non-shooter in Jakob Poeltl and two average ones in Barnes and Siakam, but the bench is full of shooting negatives like the banged-up Precious Achiuwa, Malachi Flynn, and Chris Boucher. Rajakovic might not have the pieces to run his offense, but a trade could help fix that,
Will the Toronto Raptors make a trade?
Moving Siakam seems to make the most sense. The Raptors could get a haul for him, he is an impending free agent, and he seems to be a bigger impediment to Barnes becoming a star than Anunoby does. Toronto can finally build a solid bench with the return from such a deal.
No matter how great Barnes is, Toronto risks killing their positive momentum by watching names like Boucher and Jalen McDaniels struggle to keep pace. The roster is flawed, so much so that Rajakovic can’t run his scheme without Ujiri making a trade.