Raptors news: Bruce Brown, Gary Trent Jr. rumors, Jakob Poeltl update

The Raptors are by no means done making trades.
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The Toronto Raptors don't appear to be done making moves after trading away Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby. Despite the pleasing style of Bruce Brown, the Raptors might get a shot at improving their long-term outlook by trading him.

Between contenders having looked at Brown previously and him talking up his fit on a contender like the New York Knicks, it seems like there is a good chance the veteran guard is wearing a different uniform soon. Could it be Los Angeles Lakers forum blue and gold?

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Lakers are extremely interested in trading for Brown. Woj added that Los Angeles tried to sign Brown in free agency and even contacted the Pacers about a potential Brown trade before the Siakam deal. Given his seamless fit, it's obvious as to why they are so aggressive.

The Raptors reportedly want a promising young player and a first-round pick in exchange for Brown. If the Lakers make names like Jalen Hood-Schifino or Rui Hachimura available and part with whatever picks aren't in possession of the Pelicans, a deal might get done.

More Raptors news

  • A very unusual team is after Gary Trent Jr's services, as the Brooklyn Nets seem to be keeping tabs on the Raptors veteran. While Brooklyn could package some of their draft picks together to get a star and floor-raiser, sending assets to Toronto for an expiring player who has regressed this season might not be ideal.
  • The Raptors might be getting closer to center Jakob Poeltl returning to the starting lineup, as head coach Darko Rajakovic said that the Austrian center is coming along "according to plan" and that he will be playing "very, very soon." Without Poeltl, the offense has been much more stagnant while the defense suffers from a lack of rim protection and rebounding.

NBA news

  • Philadelphia 76ers superstar center Joel Embiid made history by putting up a mind-boggling 70 points against Victor Wembanyama and the San Antonio Spurs. Embiid's mark set a new 76ers franchise record, topping the old mark of 68 set by Wilt Chamberlain. Embiid is now averaging 36.1 points per game this season.
  • Not to be outdone, Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns ended his first half against the Charlotte Hornets with 44 points in the first half. Towns finished with 62 points, making this the first day in NBA history with multiple 60-point games since David Thompson and George Gervin scored 73 and 63, respectively, in 1978.