3 Raptors who balled out as Toronto broke impossibly long losing streak

Toronto dug themselves out of a bleak hole with a huge win over the Milwaukee Bucks.
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1. Gary Trent Jr.

The 2023-24 season is a contract year for Gary Trent Jr. After accepting his $18.8 million player-option during last year's offseason, Trent Jr. was working towards a lengthy extension to remain up North. But the two parties were unable to come to terms on a new deal, and Gary Trent Jr. is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent in the Summer.

GTJ began the year on a bit of a mediocre start, but he's been able to turn up his game in the second half of the season and seemingly returning to his old form. Trent Jr. averaged 20.8 points per game in March and doesn't seem to be slowing down as he put up 31 points, five rebounds, three assists, and two steals against the Bucks.

Trent Jr.'s three-point shooting abilities were on full display in the road win against Milwaukee, as he shot 7-for-15 from long distance. GTJ led the way for Toronto in terms of field goal attempts, as he attempted 22 shots throughout the game.

People can say what they want about GTJ, whether it's his offensive inconsistencies or his "empty stats", but Toronto should value his three-point abilities given the team's lack of gifted shooters. He won't necessarily give you 30+ points on a nightly basis, but when he pops off, he could easily give your offense the boost it needs to stay afloat.

Every contending team has a spark plug offensive guy, and Gary Trent Jr. has already been the Raptors' go-to player in this role for years. So, why fix what's not broken? The Raptors should work to negotiate a fair deal for both sides in the offseason.

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