3 Buy-low trade targets no longer wanted by their own teams

The Toronto Raptors should be looking to buy low on prospects who are not being prioritized by their own teams and could be pried away in a trade
AJ Griffin, Atlanta Hawks and Jarace Walker, Indiana Pacers
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The Toronto Raptors are not a destination city in free agency despite how great of a city Toronto is to live in; needing to go through customs dozens of times a year is a real hurdle for NBA players. They are also unlikely to land a top pick in the next few drafts; Scottie Barnes and Immanuel Quickley are too good for the team to lose more than talent-challenged teams like the Washington Wizards or Brooklyn Nets.

They are likely committed to building around Barnes and Quickley and hoping to hit on the right upgrades around them on the trade market. That includes eventually finding another star if Barnes and Quickley don't turn into Top-30 players, but it also includes upgrading the team's rotation by buying low on players who can grow into larger roles in Toronto.

The Raptors are no strangers to buying low via trade

That's essentially what they did with Quickley and tried to do with Ochai Agbaji; Quickley was more of a known quantity and was therefore more expensive, but he looks poised to take another step forward. Agbaji was essentially a throw-in to another deal and was a worthy gamble to make; thus far he hasn't come through but there is still time as he enters his third season.

They rolled the dice this summer in a trade with the Sacramento Kings, taking a shot on Davion Mitchell to see if he can recover the trajectory of his career after the Kings replaced him. He'll have a shot to be the Raptors' backup point guard and establish himself as a player worth retaining.

Can they do that again to continue building out their young core? With the draft and most of free agency complete, a number of players around the league are being pushed aside on the roster by the players added by their own teams, and it opens up a window of opportunity to make a trade offer and pry them away at a bargain.

Let's look at three candidates for the Raptors to buy low and perhaps find a diamond in the rough.