5 Stars the Toronto Raptors could deal for this summer: Trade or Fade?

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The Toronto Raptors head into the offseason with a lot of options available to them. That's what tends to happen when you tear down a veteran team and experience the most painful losing season in a very long time. The Raptors cannot contend for a title next season, but everything from continuing the teardown to rearming to leap back up the standings is on the table.

One such option is to use their trade assets to go after a star player, someone to pair with Scottie Barnes and give the Raptors a real one-two punch around which they can build a contender. Adam Laskaris at the Daily Hive looked at the history of Toronto getting involved in trade negotiations for stars (as recently as Damian Lillard last summer) and speculated which stars could be options for the Raptors this summer if they go that route.

Let's assume for the moment that the Raptors truly would want to trade for a star player to add to this roster. If we do that, what kind of player should they go after? Let's look at all five stars that Laskaris suggests the Raptors could trade for; should Toronto make the trade, or should they "fade" that player?

We begin with the least "star" power of the group and build our way to a former MVP.

No. 5: Andrew Wiggins

Andrew Wiggins was drafted first overall and entered the league as a capable scorer, and years later he made an All-Star Game as a member of the Golden State Warriors, but listing him as a "star" available on the market is probably a bit of a stretch. Even so, he does have a lot of pedigree, and he is almost certainly available this summer as the Golden State Warriors retool their roster and try to move salary.

We discussed the possibility of an Andrew Wiggins trade earlier this offseason, but the reality is that he fits well with their current core and could be available at a relatively low price, whether they take him into their cap space or send back a veteran like Bruce Brown on an expiring contract. Wiggins can defend opposing guards, space the court and provide some tertiary scoring. If the price is low, the Raptors should at least kick the tires on a deal.

Verdict: Trade