3 Raptors Masai Ujiri must trade immediately to kick-start rebuild

Ujiri needs to get back on the phone.

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1. Bruce Brown

While it could be reasonably argued that trading Gary Trent Jr. is the better move due to Brown's more diverse skillset, the combination of Trent's impending free agency and Brown's high asking price might make a move for the recent NBA champion more appealing than the 24-year-old sniper.

The Knicks and Lakers have registered varying degrees of interest in Brown's services, though they appear to be unwilling to meet this price. Toronto must be banking on teams eventually getting so desperate in a slow-moving trade market that they eventually put up the assets needed to nab him.

The Toronto Raptors could decide to trade Bruce Brown.

Brown is never going to be a transformative scorer, but the fact he does just about everything at an average or above-average level on the court. His versatility is truly uncommon, as is his finishing at the rim for a 6-4 forward. His Nuggets stint proves he can adapt to a role on a championship team.

Brown could be a solid role player for the Raptors both this year and the next, but Ujiri is likely scared of building a team around Barnes with a $23 million team option for an average offensive player. All parties would likely be better off if Brown gets booted out of town and onto a better team.

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