The Toronto Raptors made noise in as bombastic a way as humanly possible in the waning stages of 2023. OG Anunoby, Precious Achiuwa, and Malachi Flynn are on their way to the New York Knicks, while RJ Barrett and Immanuel Quickley came up to Canada.
One interesting side effect of the Anunoby trade is that Toronto traded away three players and brought two back. If Masai Ujiri wants to, he could easily fill their now vacant roster spot with a veteran free agent that gives the team some extra short-term stability in the frontcourt.
With Achiuwa's admittedly impressive defense no longer available off the bench and Christian Koloko's health problems preventing him from getting on the court this season, the Raptors need one or two more frontcourt pieces behind Jakob Poeltl. If Chris Boucher goes down, the situation could get dire.
It would behoove the Raptors to consider signing one of these three players to fill the final roster spot. Two of them are waiting for a call as they sit in the free agent pool, while one of them is currently on a G League team and could provide a solid burst of energy if signed to an NBA contract.
3 veterans the Toronto Raptors could sign to fill open roster spot.
3. JaMychal Green
The last two times we saw Green, he was playing a role as a bench big for a Nuggets team that brought Nikola Jokic his second MVP and, most recently, a Golden State Warriors team trying to squeeze one more title run out of their current core. Since then, Green hasn't been called by an NBA team.
Green averaged 6.4 points and 3.6 rebounds per game with the Warriors last season, which would be outstanding production for a ninth or tenth man in the rotation. If you need him to hit an open 3-pointer, his 38% success rate on two attempts per game last year establishes competency.
JaMychal Green can be a scoring bench big for the Toronto Raptors.
Achiuwa may not have scored a ton, but he did have enough moments of regularity to look like a serviceable rotation big most of the time. Replacing that with more Chris Boucher shots and no other reinforcement strategies seems like a very unique (read: bad) way to construct this team.
Green might not want to join a team that has no clear path to a championship, but he could change his mind if the Raptors give him a promise of playing time and more financial rewards. Green doesn't need to be Superman, but he does need to come in and provide competent offensive play.