Grade the Trade: Raptors land Hall of Famer by joining insane 4-team proposal

Chris Paul, Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors
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Laying out a 4-team blockbuster trade

The Toronto Raptors added a couple of veterans this past season in the midst of their wheeling and dealing, and while both Bruce Brown and Kelly Olynyk could hlep the Raptors next season, it would not be a massive shock if one or both was included in a trade this summer.

As the Golden State Warriors look to remake their roster around Stephen Curry ahead of next season, they could certainly use veteran contributors with a playoff track record like Brown and Olynyk. Additionally, they are looking to move off of salary heading into next year to dip under the second tax apron. Is it possible for them to both retool and reduce their payroll?

The website Fanspo has waded into the trade game over the past couple of years, developing a community of fans around their popular trade machine and presenting the most interesting trade proposals on social media. It allows fans and analysts to see different trade possibilities and chart out potential paths their team can take this offseason.

This absolutely insane 4-team trade proposal was recently presented, and it has a lot of layers to unpack:

The Orlando Magic are strongly rumored to be interested in Klay Thompson this summer, and while they could sign him outright this deal would open up cap space to also add a shot-creating guard. Would they give up Jonathan Isaac for that privilege? Probably not, but given Isaac's injury history and his likely future salary demands it's not out of the question.

The Minnesota Timberwolves face a financial nightmare scenario this summer when Karl-Anthony Towns' supermax extension kicks in alongside new contracts for Anthony Edwards and Jaden McDaniels. It's possible the Wolves wade deep into the tax and above the second tax apron, but given how well they played without Towns at times this season, moving him for a pair of less expensive veterans who are more positionally versatile is an intriguing idea. Add in a pair of draft picks and it becomes a viable deal from their standpoint.

For the Warriors, they completely remake their roster. Out go Klay Thompson, Chris Paul, Andrew Wiggins and Gary Payton II; in come Karl-Anthony Towns, Jonathan Isaac, Bruce Brown and Kelly Olynyk. It certainly gives them more size and a true offensive co-star with Curry; it also will hurt their spacing and overcrowd the frontcourt while stripping the backcourt. They would still need to find a backup point guard and some shooting help on the wing. This deal is both too insane and too expensive in draft capital for the Warriors, although it's a fascinating combination of players to consider.

What about the Toronto Raptors? In this trade, they send out two veteran contributors in Bruce Brown and Kelly Olynyk and take back the expiring contract of Chris Paul. For their trouble, they also get a pair of first-round pick swaps from the Warriors in 2027 and 2029.

The insanity of this deal doesn't matter much to our analysis from Toronto's point of view. Would they be wise to trade Brown and Olynyk for this return? Let's take a closer look.