Raptors Free Agency: 3 point guards who could sign to back up Immanuel Quickley

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The Toronto Raptors hope that they have their point guard of the future in Immanuel Quickley, the former New York Knicks guard acquired in the OG Anunoby trade. "IQ" will hit restricted free agency this summer and likely sign a long-term extension to stay in Toronto.

It seems obvious that Quickley is a starting-level guard in the NBA; the question is whether he is somewhere around the 25th-best point guard in the NBA or the 12th. That will take time, and Quickley should continue to improve over the next few seasons, but the Raptors at least know who will be starting at the point next season and beyond.

Who will back Quickley up? That's a question the Raptors will likely answer this offseason, either in the draft or in free agency. We'll look at some draft options later in the offseason, but for now let's look at three options the Raptors could sign this summer to back up Immanuel Quickley.

No. 3: Dennis Smith Jr.

The onetime Top-10 pick has resurrected his career as a hard-nosed defensive guard, quite the departure for the offense-first athlete who came into the league. Dennis Smith Jr. had a great comeback season last year with the Charlotte Hornets, and this year in Brooklyn he didn't seem to be enough of a priority for them to bring him back next year.

That could open the door for the Raptors to sign him, a low-cost option that would allow them to prioritize using cap space on other positions. They could use a point of attack defender and with the plethora of ball-handlers in their core they wouldn't necessarily need Smith handling the ball.

He is not a high-ceiling option, but he would be extremely inexpensive and check a few boxes.