3 Raptors that earned untouchable status, 4 that should be cut loose

Scottie Barnes, Chris Boucher, Toronto Raptors
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Immanuel Quickley is untouchable

The Toronto Raptors' best asset on the trade market last season was OG Anunoby, a forward with size, elite defensive ability and a good outside shot. They could have commanded trade packages with a plethora of future picks.

Instead, the Raptors took the trade package offered by the New York Knicks, which was built around fourth-year point guard Immanuel Quickley. When they made that trade the Raptors were essentially committing to not only a few months of Quickley's services, but his next contract as well.

The rubber will meet the road this summer as Quickley hits restricted free agency. The Raptors shouldn't offer a max salary given Quickley's production to this point, and having matching rights gives them a lot of negotiating strength, but Quickley and his camp have leverage as well because of what Toronto gave up to trade for him.

Quickley played well for the Raptors last season, especially in the handful of games he had with Scottie Barnes before the season fell apart. He also didn't look like an immediate superstar, so there is still work to do on both sides to make the commitment work. Barring a godfather offer to sign and trade Quickley this summer, he should be a virtual lock to return and continue that growth with the Raptors.

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