Trading Bruce Brown and 3 other moves Raptors must make by trade deadline

Toronto needs to look much different after the deadline.

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2. Cut Jalen McDaniels

McDaniels signed a two-year deal with the Raptors in the offseason, as he wanted to prove he was more like the ascending young player in Charlotte and not the fringe rotation piece from Philadelphia. McDaniels' play this season has been so putrid that it almost defies belief for a young player with his stats.

McDaniels' scoring has fallen to 3.1 points per game. He only comes in during garbage time, and even then he's painful. McDaniels, who is shooting 34% from the field and 21% from 3-point range, missed multiple open layups and turned it over four times in garbage time against New Orleans. Even when down 35, he can't do anything right.

The Toronto Raptors need to get rid of Jalen McDaniels.

It's easy to forget that McDaniels was a double-digit scorer just a year ago. Toronto signed him with the intent of making him one of the first players off the bench, and it took Rajakovic about four games to remove him entirely from the rotation. It hasn't worked, and McDaniels doesn't even look worthy of an NBA roster spot.

Keeping him helps no one. McDaniels won't get a chance to salvage what remains of his basketball career withering away in Toronto, and the Raptors would be burning a roster spot on a negative asset. Ujiri needs to take the L, take a cap hit, and get him out of Canada as soon as possible.