3 Sleeper trade targets for the Toronto Raptors to pursue

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No. 1: Moses Moody, Golden State Warriors

The Golden State Warriors landed a player in the 2021 NBA Draft who looks like a future All-Star, and he has dominated the conversation around their young core. Yet the Warriors did not only take Jonathan Kuminga in that year's lottery; they used their own pick at 14 to take Arkansas guard Moses Moody, and while he doesn't have the on-ball scoring ability of Kuminga, he has arguably been the better player through three seasons.

The problem for Moody, and the opportunity for Toronto, is that the Warriors don't seem to understand that. In large part due to roster construction and some bizarre lack of faith in Moody, the Warriors have kept him at the fringes of their rotation. When injuries strike and he gets a chance at a larger role he almost always delivers, be that hitting big 3-point shots, making a timely cut or playing excellent defense on the wing.

Moody is a plus rebounder, a good defender and a floor-spacer who can attack closeouts. The ship has likely sailed on him becoming something more than a really good 3-and-D wing, but that type of player is extremely valuable. Investing in a 21-year-old wing who at worst can be a long-term starter is an excellent business decision, and as the Warriors offload money this summer the Raptors could try to land a key player in Moses Moody.

Whether it's buying low on a long-term center, a veteran forward or a young wing prospect, the Raptors don't have to swing for the fences to make a successful trade. Adding one or even all of these players would make Toronto a better team and pay off in the long run.

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